Research at the Nuffield Centre of International Health and Development

What we do

The Nuffield Centre conducts research to combat health challenges all over the world. We are a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Research and Capacity Strengthening of Health Policy, Governance and Services . Our research portfolio underpins our taught programmes in international health.

Where we work

Our work is primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. We also work with vulnerable populations in the UK. For details, please the map (created from:

Nuffield Centre - Leeds - International Development Map


Who we work with

We work with government, non-governmental decision-makers, programme managers and service providers and academic partners in low- and middle-income countries to ensure that:

  • Our research addresses priority health problems.
  • We produce knowledge appropriate for guiding policy.
  • Research findings are used to improve health policy making and practice.

Central to all our work is an emphasis on improving research uptake in the field by including local decision makers in the process of identifying health problems and designing health research.

Our research

Our research prioritises improved health care for the poor and vulnerable populations in low and middle-income countries especially in Africa and South East Asia, through two central objectives:

  • Increasing understanding of how health policies and systems can be better configured to provide improved health services and achieve health systems goals of responsiveness, equity and universal health coverage.
  • Developing and testing interventions for improving health service delivery on priority communicable and non-communicable diseases at community and facility levels.

Our expertise and interest cover the following areas:

Health policy and systems: Policy analysis, governance, planning, financing, health workforce, health systems responsiveness, equity and social inclusion.

Examples of our research

  • REVAMP – Realist evaluation of a maternal and child health programme in Nigeria
  • GHRG-ST – Global Health Research Group on surgical technologies in India and Sierra Leone
  • CE4AMR – community engagement for antimicrobial resistance
  • COMDIS-HSD – portfolio of projects focused on developing and evaluating interventions for communicable and non-communicable diseases in Asia and Africa
  • Socially Inclusive Cities – review of key drivers and strategies for social inclusion in Asia, Africa and UK
  • EXTEND – using technology to improve access to healthcare in remote areas of Nigeria
  • HESVIC – Health systems stewardship, regulation and governance in India, Vietnam and China
  • RESPOND – assessment of patient feedback systems in Bangladesh
  • PERFORM – improving district health management for workforce performance in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda
  • EVAL-HEALTH – role of evidence in health policymaking in India and Nigeria
  • Digi-Pall – role of digital technology in palliative cancer care delivery in Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  • CARAN – community arts against antibiotic resistance in Nepal
  • ADMC – addressing depression in Muslim communities in the UK
  • SUE – improving quality and use of data to inform urban health decisions in Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam
  • Big Picture – improving evidence-informed mental health policymaking and using photovoice in addressing substance
  • IMPACT – developing research capacity in Asia for mental and physical multi-morbidity
  • CHEPSAA – improving capacity for health policy and systems research in Africa
  • Ethnicity Training Network to help change the way people think and work in health and social services

Service delivery: Communicable (hepatitis, tuberculosis) and non-communicable (cardio-vascular, diabetes, mental health, cancer) diseases, developing and evaluating packages for primary care   

Antimicrobial resistance: Community engagement, participatory film-making, and primary health care facility interventions

Methods expertise: Innovative methods for developing, implementing and evaluating complex health interventions

Capacity building: Assessments of capacity needs and assets, sustainable research capacity building, research uptake

Further details of specific projects also can be found in the School of Medicine projects directory.

Who we are

Head of Division
Dr Tolib Mirzoev

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