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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European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

ECOHOST is also a WHO Collaborating Centre and hosts the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.Our work includes comparative health system analysis in Europe, researching topics such as health system responsiveness to cardiovascular disease in low, middle and high income countries globally.

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Lancet & LSHTM Global Health Lab

Where does global health fit in a post-truth world?

Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
CHAIRS: Martin McKee, ECOHOST, LSHTM and Richard Horton, The Lancet

SPEAKERS: Mark Petticrew, LSHTM; Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson, UCL; Jonathan Breckon, Alliance for Useful Evidence
With the rise of public figures and public campaigns that appeal on an emotional level and disregard the evidence, the ‘truth’ is just one of many competing narratives. Global health has always had to navigate the tension between health beliefs and scientific evidence, but does the broader challenge to the notion of ‘expertise’ create an additional threat to global health practice? Should global health embrace the trend and play the emotional game to achieve its higher aims? Or should it always stick with the evidence however ‘unpopular’? Join us to discuss these and other issues as we explore where global health fits in a ‘post-truth’ world.
Free and open to all

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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

STRENGTHS - mental health care for Syrian refugees

ECOHOST is a partner in a new five-year European Commission funded research project called STRENGTHS led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam which seeks to strengthen mental health care for Syrian refugees in Europe and in countries neighbouring Syria. Bayard Roberts is leading a work package examining the responsiveness of health systems to the scaling-up of evidence-based low-intensity psychological interventions (PM+) across the study countries.

Research project

2016 WRR lecture: Living on the edge: the growth of precariousness and why it matters for health

Martin McKee’s keynote speech ‘Living on the edge: the growth of precariousness and why it matters for health’ took place at the Hague on 1 December 2016, and is available to view online. For more information please visit the WRR website.

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Job vacancies

Please check the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's recruitment website for job opportunities.

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