A welcome from our Director

In line with the remit of the NIHR call to support academic groups to expand into Global Health, this group represents an exciting new collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow and Newcastle and the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) in Tanzania.

Against a background of the ever-increasing burden of arthritis in low and middle-income countries, our Global Health Research Group aims to identify and measure the prevalence, economic, health and quality of life impact of arthritis in Tanzania. With a focus on arthritis prevention and intervention development plans in the Tanzanian setting, our research will directly inform an area of significant unmet need in sub-Saharan Africa.

We will also deliver teaching and training in the social sciences, including health economics methods, and train early/mid-career Tanzanian researchers and clinicians in conducting research. Our research and training plans will not only contribute to the development of sustainable capacity for tackling a wider range of non-communicable disease problems in Tanzania but contribute to the existing research of Prof Iain McInnes who directs the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Rheumatoid Arthritis (University of Glasgow).

We very much look forward to developing a successful working relationship with our colleagues at KCRI to deliver this important research in addition to establishing a Tanzanian centre for excellence in social science research

Emma McIntosh