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Research mission

Vision The GHI of Antwerp will be a consortium of people committed to the realization of the institute's mission. The GHI does not aim to replace existing organizations or programmes of its constituents, but will function as a framework and hub, seeking to strengthen and forge synergies that contribute to the mission of the institute. Mission: "Strengthening high-impact global health research" The mission of the GHI is to conduct research aimed at improving the health of people around the world, to build capacity for global health research, and to engage in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions for health problems affecting low- and middle-income countries. This is in accordance with the mission of both the University of Antwerp and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Strategy The Global Health Institute (GHI) at the University of Antwerp will provide a framework for research, educational activities, and global health service together with local and global partners. We will aim to: Raise public awareness in Belgium and abroad about global health, including the influence of globalization on health and health care services in Flanders and Belgium. Facilitate progression from research to action by focusing on sustainable interventions for important health issues in low and middle-income countries. Focus on interdisciplinary research, a broad set of diseases, including their biological and structural determinants, and the one-health concept to reflect the changing patterns of global health Establish academic networks and long-lasting partnerships to generate sustainable collaborations and maximize return of investment for both partners. Align research, training, teaching and services to the priorities of the University of Antwerp and the partner institutions (university, private sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations) in low and middle income countries. Synergize and build on the unique strengths of the University of Antwerp and the partner institutions in low and middle-income countries. Build capacity for epidemiological global health research among Belgian and international scholars through integration of scholars in research studies, short-term exchange programs, training in quantitative and qualitative skills required to conduct high-quality global health research, and enrollment In the University of Antwerp dual PhD program. Strengthen the institutional capacity of the partnering universities and institutions in low- and middle-income countries to perform epidemiological research, grant administration, health education and knowledge management. Strengthen the global health research capacity of the University of Antwerp by stimulating leading researchers to include a global health component in their research. Work hand in hand with relevant Ministries (Health, Education, etc.) in Flanders, Belgium and abroad to improve in- and preservice training of health workers and the establishment of evaluation and monitoring systems; Research at GHI The GHI of Antwerp aims to perform high quality research on a wide range of public health problems in low and middle income countries. Epidemiological methods are used to ensure optimal study design and analysis. Qualitative or mixed methods are used when formative research is needed or to ensure optimal integration of the cultural context into research and implementation. We envisage that health economics or mathematical modelling aspects of future studies will be performed. Health systems research and implementation research is performed in collaboration with our international partners, local communities and Departments of Health. Ongoing research projects by research topic: HIV, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Nodding disease, Neglected diseases (Emmonsia hoerikwaggiana, Schistosomiasis, cutaneous leishmaniasis), HPV and cervix cancer screening, community Health, , Non-communicable diseases, health system research, Migrant Health, Vaccine preventable Diseases, nutrition.

Research

The Global Health Institute has expertise in vaccine preventable diseases (including vaccination programmes), reproductive health (including HIV/AIDS prevention and control), management of chronic diseases, parasitic diseases and health logistics. The GHI works closely together with other units of the department, specialists of the University Hospital 'UZA', the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) and partner universities, manily through projects and activities funded by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) and other international donors.

The research projects and activities of the Global Health Institute are thus overall concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa (but not exclusively), with a focus on cooperations with our partner institutions in five specific countries: Burundi, DR Congo, South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania.  We are also involved in projects and activities in other countries, such as Peru.

The activities are conducted using current methods and techniques of epidemiology, applied statistics and demography.  In the menu on the right you can search by country or topic to find all the related projects.