Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

£1m research boost for QMU, 13 Jan 2011, East Lothian Courier

Friday, 01 Jul 2011

QUEEN Margaret University has won a million-pound chunk of a UK Government international development grant.

The Musselburgh-based institution is one of six across the UK, Africa and Asia to share the £6 million research cash from the Department for International Development (DFID) to fund research helping conflict-ravaged countries rebuild health systems.

The programme will draw on the experiences of countries like Sierra Leone and Cambodia to help develop new health systems in other countries undergoing political and social conflict.

Professor Barbara McPake, director of QMU's Institute for International Health and Development, will co-direct the programme's research.

She said: "We're delighted to have received this funding. It will be a privilege to work with such a skilled team of professionals from all over the world.

"There are opportunities in post-conflict states for reshaping health systems. This is important research that could contribute to global security and peace building by strengthening the population's stake in peace."

QMU principal Petra Wend added: "Our focus is on work that's relevant to the communities we serve. This award reflects that ethos, our international standing and our vision."

The other institutions involved include the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Sierra Leone, and the Cambodia Development Resource Institute.