The Centre for Health and Social Change


ECOHOST – The Centre for Health and Social Change at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has a well established international reputation for providing high quality evidence on the impacts of social change on health in the UK, Europe and globally through research, policy engagement and teaching. ECOHOST works across LSHTM and closely with other LSHTM Centres such as the Centre for Global NCDs and Centre for Global Mental Health.

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Symposium, 2 Sept 2016: NCDs in humanitarian settings (in conjunction with Centre for Global NCDs and MSF)

This one day symposium will bring together speakers from academic, development and humanitarian organizations to address some of the most important issues faced when working to improve the care of patients with NCDs. We aim to share best practices and to identify evidence gaps for the assessment, management and monitoring of NCD programmes in humanitarian settings, and more generally to strengthen the link between humanitarian, policy and research organizations.

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European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


ECOHOST is also a WHO Collaborating Centre and hosts the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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Research


ECOHOST research has been funded from the Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission and Helmsley Trust.

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Featured research project


Measuring the impact of cardiovascular disease on equity and impoverishment

Adrianna was recently awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship to conduct research on the economic burden of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aim of her project is to improve existing tools for measuring the burden of health care costs for cardiovascular disease (CVD) on patient households, including both direct costs (e.g. medicines, doctor fees) and indirect costs (lost day's wages). Adrianna is currently piloting a household expenditure diary in three LMICs - South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe which will allow her to collect daily expenditure data from households over an extended period of time, thus capturing chronic daily health expenditure and avoiding recall bias. The estimates of economic burden obtained from the diaries will be combined with qualitative household interviews which will explore the experience of households in using this tool, as well as the impact that health care costs have on their longer-term health care-seeking behaviour.

Left: The data collection team in Mt Frere, South Africa

Research project

Martin McKee speaks about safeguarding solidarity in Europe


Martin McKee speaks about safeguarding solidarity in Europe at the Forte Talks in Stockholm in March 2016