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Can the UK's NHS learn from innovations in world’s poor regions?

An article in the BMJ on Lord Nigel Crisp's Reverse Innovation conference held in April featured Dr Matthew Harris, an academic clinical lecturer in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College. In the article, Dr Harris noted the “effective” model of primary care support provided by Brazil’s lay “army” of 250 000 community health workers might be adapted for use in the UK. He also said the locally recruited workers had played a big role in Brazilian cities and rural areas, providing extensive support to households, such as sexual health, nutritional, and lifestyle advice and monitoring population health.

Dr Harris, who heads a collaboration that is planning to test the feasibility of such an approach for use in north Wales, said that implementing such “reverse innovation” could be a “game changer for the NHS” if successful. Dr Charles Alessi, who chairs the National Association of Primary Care and NHS Clinical Commissioners, said, “The north Wales exper…

MPH Mini-Project Presentations

On 10 May 2013, I examined the mini-project presentations from the 2012-13 group of MPH students. There were a range of excellent presentations covering areas such as alcohol, hypertension and neglected tropical diseases. The presentations are listed below.

Tahania Ahmad Using village theatre to promote hand washing with soap in rural Bangladesh Sayako Akiyama Office based blood pressure monitoring program for undiagnosed hypertension in Japan Elizabeth Allen A paired, cluster randomised control trial: An intervention to improve point-of-care diagnosis in the Toronto district of Southeast Uganda Nourah Alomair Detection of hypertension in Saudi Arabia: A screening and awareness programme Luis Alves de Sousa Wolbachia-based Entomological intervention to control Dengue in Madeira's Island Fatima Atiku Abubakar Lassa Fever: An educational intervention using faith based organisations Delia Beck Environmental health intervention to reduce Cholera transmission in Kibera Slum, Kenya Anna B…

School of Public Health: Two Years On

On Thursday 2nd May 2013, Professor Dermot Kelleher, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, attended a symposium to mark the second anniversary of the launch of Imperial College London's School of Public Health (SPH).

Programme 
15.30-15.50         Introduction and Overview of the School of Public Health
                                Professor Elio Riboli
15.50-17.00         SPH Showcase
                                Departmental speakers will highlight research and other School activities
                                Mr Anthony Laverty, Research Assistant, Primary Care and Public Health
                                Dr Ilaria Dorigatti, Research Associate, Infectious Disease Epidemiology
                                Dr Benjamin Lehne, Research Associate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
                                Dr Ajay Gupta, Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial Clinical Trials Unit
                                Dr Julia El-Sayed Moustafa, Research Associate, Genomics …