Winchester Centre for Global Health
Reflects and extends the University’s commitment to those in need in low- and middle-income countries.View content
The Winchester Centre for Global Health is a dynamic hub of academics and researchers working together to contribute significantly towards the University’s aim to tackle global challenges through its research-related activity and teaching, by addressing ‘the most urgent problems facing humankind’, as set out in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Centre members collaborate with health practitioners, employers, policy makers and academics to improve the understanding and knowledge of and participation in global health practice, mainly - though not exclusively - in low- and middle-income countries.
An underpinning principle of the Centre is developing an understanding of knowledge exchange by encouraging the evaluation and research of global health activity. We aim to make our research accessible to a wider group of stakeholders through dissemination, and through award-bearing undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes.
Main areas of focus:
- Exploration of the scope, importance and nature of practice in global health
- Collaboration in and support of networks, the participants of which are engaged in or have oversight of global health activity, in low- and middle- income countries
- Creation of robust methodologies for the evaluation of the impact of global health sustainable projects
The Kintampo Project
The Kintampo Project was a large-scale education programme that helped develop new mental health workers in Ghana. It ran between 2007-2017 and has vastly increased Ghana’s community mental health provision. The project originated via Tropical Health Education Trust UK (THET) facilitation when the College of Health and Wellbeing, Kintampo, a Ghanaian health professions college, contacted THET in 2006 seeking support. A link was formed between the college and a UK team centred on Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in Hampshire.
Adding hundreds of mental health workers to the workforce has meant that thousands of Ghanaians with mental health disorders and their families now receive support, often for the first time. As the practice of these mental health workers was new, there was no experience of their likely clinical role; nobody had prepared them before for this and there were no identified educators or supervisors to support them, so at the start of the project there were no initial or in-service opportunities for them as professionals. All of that was devised and introduced as part of the project.
The full impact of the project is still being assessed. A survey of all Ghana’s mental health services in 2011 (see link below) illustrates provision at that time and the survey is being repeated in 2020. The education programmes developed via The Kintampo Project now run fully independent in Ghana and have even been upgraded and extended. The new workforce is still growing and is now a major force within mental health services in Ghana.
One of the main clothing crafts in Ghana is weaving, and health care workers wear uniforms that are typically made from traditional Ghanaian cloth. "On Fridays, employees are encouraged to wear traditional outfits; this tradition is called ‘thank Ghana it’s Friday’", explains Visiting Fellow Dr Rosie Lusznat (image left, with Prof. Colin Coles). "Visiting teams often receive traditional outfits as welcome gifts and are expected to wear them with pride!'"
Roberts, M., Mogan, C., Asare, J. An overview of Ghana's mental health system: results from an assessment using the World Health Organization's Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS): International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 2014, 8:16 DOI: 10.1186/1752-4458-8-16
Rural Health Training School documents
Partnerships in Health Information (Phi)
Phi is a programme dedicated to contributing to improved health care in countries with few material resources. By building partnerships between health libraries, Phi supports access to reliable health information.
Find out more about Phi:
Surgical teams Working In Africa Together for Safer Surgery (SWIFTSS)
SWIFTSS is a UK-based charitable trust (UK Registered Charity No. 1186564) established in 2019 with the goal to help improve surgical care in Africa through collaboration, education and training. Following the successful development of a safe, affordable and sustainable mesh hernia repair service using ‘mosquito net mesh’ in Muheza, Tanzania, their first project is the Tanzania Mesh Hernia Project. Building upon this ‘Muheza Approach’ and in collaboration with the Tanzanian Surgical Association (TSA), the ambitious aim is to establish mesh hernia surgery as the gold standard approach to inguinal hernia repair throughout Tanzania within 5 years. SWIFTSS and the Winchester Centre for Global Health have teamed up for mutual benefit and to help drive ongoing improvement in global health.
The Tanzania National Mesh Hernia Repair Project
Wessex Global Health Network
The Wessex Global Health Network, led by Dr John Acres, helps people interested in global health to keep in touch with each other and to remain up to date with local, national and international developments.
Through its concern for the health needs of refugees, WGHN is also a partner in the University's Forced Migration Network.
The Winchester Centre for Global Health is keen to hear from other health practitioners, employers, policy makers and academics who wish to be involved in collaborative work. For any enquiries, contact the Convenor, Dr Rachel Locke.
Meet the team
Convenor: Dr Rachel Locke
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in International Development (Global Health).
John is a Visiting Fellow and coordinates the Wessex Global Health Network.
Colin is a co-founder of the Winchester Centre for Global Health.
Rosie is a Visiting Fellow and Associate Dean for Professional Development in the Wessex Professional Support Unit at NHS Health Education England.
David is a co-founder of the Winchester Centre for Global Health.
Mark is a Visiting Fellow of Knowledge Exchange.
Chris is a Visiting Fellow and the University lead for the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme.
Mark is a Visiting Fellow and a consultant colorectal and general surgeon at Salisbury NHS FT. He is the founder of SWIFTSS (Surgical teams Working In aFrica Together for Safer Surgery, see above under Collaborations). He joined the Centre in 2020.