Created in 2016, the UK Public Health Rapid Response Team (UK-PHRST) is funded by UK Aid from the Department of Health and Social Care and is jointly run by Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The University of Oxford is an academic partner. UK-PHRST’s integrated tripartite remit includes outbreak response, research and capacity building, with the following specific objectives:

  • Rapidly investigate and respond to disease outbreaks at their source in LMICs eligible for UK Official Development Assistance, with the aim of stopping a public health threat from becoming a broader health emergency
  • Conduct research to generate an evidence base for best practice in epidemic preparedness and response
  • Build capacity for improved national response to disease outbreaks in LMICs

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