Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)

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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), founded in 1898, was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical medicine.

As a registered charity, we work across the world, often in very difficult circumstances, to fulfil our mission of reducing the burden of sickness and mortality in disease endemic countries. We do that through the delivery of effective interventions which improve human health and are relevant to the poorest communities.

Our work in combating diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue and lymphatic filariasis is supported by a research order book of well over £210 million.

Our worldwide reputation and the calibre of our research outputs has secured funding to lead over 10 international consortia and product development partnerships aimed at reducing or eliminating the impact of diseases upon the world’s poorest people.

Our state-of-the-art facilities continue to develop new drugs, vaccines and pesticides which put us at the forefront of infectious disease research.

As a teaching institution, we attract more than 600 students from 68 countries, from PhD research and Masters programmes to a range of professional courses, and work in partnership with health ministries, universities and research institutions worldwide to train the next generation of doctors, scientists, researchers and health professionals.

The provision of technical assistance is a major component of LSTM’s mission of promoting the improved health of the poor and disadvantaged peoples. LSTM consultancy improves health systems in developing countries whilst helping to inform our teaching and research agendas.

We also provide pre- and post travel clinical services through our subsidiary Well Travelled Clinics Ltd(link is external)(opens in a new tab), with centres in Liverpool and Chester.

Decolonising the Curriculum

The Education Department at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), together with students, is starting a process of facilitating actions to ‘decolonise’ our education and research practices. Decolonising is central to LSTM Educational Strategy, which is focused on equity and inclusion.   This process will involve a series of conversations, events and seminars which will help inform our understanding and practices as we aim to answer several important questions such as ‘what would a decolonised curriculum and practices look like at LSTM, given our global health history?’   A working group has been established to co-ordinate this process, which is chaired by Martha Chinouya, Director of Studies for the MSc Global Health programmes and co-chair of the LSTM BAME network.

Why now? Global events including the COVID-19 pandemic, along with protest movements such as the Rhodes Must Fall, have exposed historically deep-seated systemic inequalities in higher education and health.  All these events have told a similar story of inequities, with BAME populations disproportionately affected. These events have culminated in questions across higher education institutions, including LSTM, about the appropriateness of our educational approaches and global health practices, and the extent to which these actively challenge and resist racism and global inequalities.  Such concerns have given us an opportunity, as an institution, to critically reflect on our education practices.  As LSTM is driven by values of equity and social justice, we are keen to hear your voices as we confront these issues.

The Kenya team

Our LSTM Kenya team has been established since March 2011, with a headquarters in Nairobi since 2012. The current team of 11 employees consists of an experienced, multi-disciplinary mix of technical (research midwives, EmONC, MPDSR), finance, operational and administrative staff. Two of the team are embedded within the Ministry of Health, Kenya, providing technical assistance and support in implementing Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) activities.

The Nairobi based team consists of a Senior Technical Officer / Head of Office (Lucy Nyaga) and three Senior Technical Officers (Pamela Godia, Duncan Shikuku and Irene Nyaoke) who are supported by two Technical Officers and logistics, finance and grant management specialists.  The in-country team has proven to be highly effective and efficient in delivering large scale training programmes across Kenya with experience of maternal and newborn health service provision and managing relationships and partnerships with the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH), DFID, UNFPA, UNICEF and other implementing partners.  The in-country team is further supported by UK-based academics and operations team members who make regular visits to Nairobi and the field as required by programme needs.

Our team on the ground in Nairobi has extensive experience in planning and implementing large scale programmes across all 47 counties, including working in partnership with the MoH as well as devolved county government structures, medical training schools, Kenya Medical Training Colleges, and Nursing Council Kenya.

They work closely with our staff in Liverpool to deliver our programmes across the country.

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