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Congratulations 2021/22 MSc IHTM

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The 2021/22 IHTM cohort gathered at Worcester College to celebrate the culmination of their MSc.

Molecular Detection of Airborne Mycobacterium tuberculosis in South African High Schools

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Simon Mendelsohn (cohort 2015-16) co-authored this paper investigating airborne MTB genomic DNA in classrooms as there is evidence of high tuberculosis disease burden among South African adolescents.

Immunogenicity of standard and extended dosing intervals of BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine

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Sandra Adele (cohort 2019-2020) co-authored this paper assessing the benefits of interval extension between BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine doses.

Host blood transcriptomic biomarkers of tuberculosis disease in people living with HIV: a systematic review protocol

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Simon Mendelsohn (cohort 2015-16) co-authored this systematic review protocol on the current triage and predictive tools and how host tuberculosis transcriptomic biomarkers may be more effective for a correct diagnosis.

Longitudinal Dynamics of a Blood Transcriptomic Signature of Tuberculosis

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Simon Mendelsohn (cohort 2015-16) co-authored this article.

Meeting report: Virtual Global Forum on Tuberculosis Vaccines, 20–22 April 2021

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Simon Mendelsohn (cohort 2015-16) co-authored this article on the Global Forum on Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccines and how this year's event focussed on opportunities and challenges for TB vaccine R&D during a pandemic.

Delays in presentation of intussusception and development of gangrene in Zimbabwe

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Student Dennis Mazingi (cohort 2020-2021) co-authored this paper focused on the importance of a prompt diagnosis and treatment of intussusception in Zimbabwe. Their findings highlight the need to improve early diagnosis of intussusception and prompt referral of patients for treatment.

Safety and immunogenicity of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 in HIV infection: a single-arm substudy of a phase 2/3 clinical trial

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Sandra Adele (cohort 2019-2020) co-authored this paper on the efficacy of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine for the 40 million people globally living with HIV. This study aimed to assess the vaccine’s ability to stimulate an immune response on those who have their immunity compromised.

Alumna Parinda Wattanasri (cohort 2019-2020) talks about vaccine passports in Thailand Today

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Alumna Parinda Wattanasri (cohort 2019-2020) was interviewed by Thailand Today on vaccine passports. and how they may become a sustainable plan to reopening Thailand.

The health policy response to COVID-19 in Malawi

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Grace Mzumara (cohort 2019-2020) co-authored this paper analysing the health public response to the COVID pandemic and identifying gaps in the response in need of improvement.

Validation of a host blood transcriptomic biomarker for pulmonary tuberculosis in people living with HIV: a prospective diagnostic and prognostic accuracy study

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Simon Mendelsohn (cohort 2015-2016) co-authored this publications reporting the findings of a study that found a host blood test that can find those at high risk of tuberculosis in people living with HIV.

Students win a £10K prise on the All-Innovate Ideas Competition

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Dennis Mazingi and Tafadzwa Matika (cohort 2020-2021) won the overall best pitch and the grand prize of £10,000 on the All-Innovate Ideas Competition for their idea of a fast delivery service in Zimbabue that would accelerate the country's step into online commerce.

Addressing emerging global health security threats in Sub-Saharan Africa: Time for a regional health agenda?

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Epie Terrence Beteck (cohort 2019-2020) wrote this article on the state of play of health care in Sub-Saharan Africa and what should be done to improve healthcare systems and strengthen outbreak response.

Mission for Migrant Workers Partners with the Space to Donate Meal Packs to Those in Need

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Mission for Migrant Workers (NGO founded by our alumnus Minah Faiz, cohort 2019-2020) partners with local restaurant to donate meal packs during Ramadan.

Prioritising ‘already-scarce’ intensive care unit resources in the midst of COVID-19: a call for regional triage committees in South Africa

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Our alumna Reshania Naidoo (cohort 2019-2020) led an article in BMC Medical Ethics journal on the need for triage committees during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

Surgical care in district hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review

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Alumna Zineb Bentounsi (cohort 2018-2019) co-authored this overview of the surgical care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Reflection on the international women's day (cohort 2020-21)

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MaryJane Nweje's women's day piece (cohort 2020-21)

Healthy Learners partners with Zambian school health workers to disseminate accurate health information

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Healthy Learners, a NGO founded by Lonnie Hackett (cohort 2017-18) helps Zambian government to shape education policies and guidelines for COVID-19.

Indonesia’s decision to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination to citizens aged 18-59 years old questionable

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Kartika Saraswati (cohort 2015-16) contributes to an article on Indonesia’s decision to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination to citizens aged 18-59 years old.

Biomarker-guided tuberculosis preventive therapy (CORTIS): a randomised controlled trial

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Our alumnus Simon Mendelsohn (cohort 2015-2016) co-authored the publication of the results from a study into a blood-based RNA biomarker which tested diagnostic and prognostic performance for TB and the efficacy of TB preventive therapy for biomarker-positive individuals

Living mapping review for COVID-19 funded research projects

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Our alumni Emilia Antonio and Nicole Advani (cohort 2019-2020) co-authored this living review focused on providing an updated overview of COVID-19 funded research projects . It aims to provide in-depth analysis of the breadth of funding, remaining gaps, opportunities, and trends.

Hamilton Naki: From gardening to greatness

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Our alumnus Elisha Ngetich (cohort 2018-19) co-authored Hamilton Naki's short biography, describing his path from gardener to an essential part of the research group responsible for the first heart transplant.

COVID-19 Outbreak in a Large Penitentiary Complex

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Our alumnus Fernando Reis (cohort 2017-18) spent 3 months in a penitentiary complex investigating a COVID-19 outbreak. The field work has provided the opportunity to carry out several studies of which this is the first to be published. It addresses virus transmissibility in a prison environment.

The Bold Dream: Transcending the Impossible

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Our alumnus Elisha Ngetich (cohort 2018/2019) and Gladys Ngetich co-authored this book about their real-life experiences of their path from under-resourced rural primary schools in Kenya to Rhodes Scholars at the University of Oxford.

COVID-19 in Latin America and Caribbean: A determination of research priorities and call to action (Spanish)

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Study led by our alumna Nicole Feune de Colombi (cohort 2018-19) that aimed at identifying research priorities that require urgent attention in Latin America and the Caribbean.

First NGO to Work Exclusively with Migrant Workers Established in Maldives

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Our alumnus Minah Faiz (cohort 2019-2020) has started the first-ever non-governmental organisation (NGO) to work exclusively with migrant workers in the Maldives.

Funding and COVID-19 research priorities - are the research needs for Africa being met?

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Emerging data from Africa indicates remarkably low numbers of reported COVID-19 deaths despite high levels of disease transmission. However, evolution of these trends as the pandemic progresses remains unknown. Emilia Antonio (2019-20 cohort)

The first 2 h after birth: prevalence and factors associated with neonatal care practices from a multicountry, facility-based, observational study

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"While I am excited to be a part of this super team, our paper is a sobering reminder that we need to strengthen our systems to ensure newborns everywhere receive high-quality healthcare." Adeniyi Aderoba (cohort 2018-19)

A descriptive study of the trends of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe from March - June 2020: policy and strategy implications

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Dennis Mazingi (cohort 2020-2021) is co-author of this article that describes the different trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic was in Zimbabwe compared to predictions and even sophisticated modelling studies.

Doctors’ Extended Shifts as Risk to Practitioner and Patient: South Africa as a Case Study

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Farah Jawitz (cohort 2018-19) examines the hazards of health professionals' extended shifts in South Africa. The paper proposes a series of measures to manage the risks of extended working hours.

In conversation with Naima Nasir, a Nigerian global health researcher

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Naima Nasir (cohort 2018-2019) was interviewed by Right for Education to talk about meningitis research, healthcare provision in conflict-ridden areas, and improving global healthcare systems.

Decolonizing research – Perspectives from an early career researcher

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Our alumna Emilia Antonio (cohort 2019-2020) reflects on the new perspective she gained from attending our course and how she is now aware of the gaps and challenges in African research.

COVID-19: Charting a sustainable path to response, recovery and resilience in Africa

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"Leveraging the response to COVID-19 to reinforce investments in a system-based approach to address these risks can boost proactive recovery and resilience. " Abiodun Awosusi (cohort 2016-17) and Marius Adeniyi

How has MSc IHTM contributed to Terrence's view of Global Health?

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Terrence Beteck Epie (cohort 2019-2020) reflects on activities he engaged and provides an insight into how the current outbreak might be affecting HIV/AIDS clinical Cascade in Cameroon.

Summer Lightning Talk Series

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Our student Sandra Adele (cohort 2019-20) presented on "The impact of COVID-19 on malaria in Nigeria" at the IHME summer talks.

Estudiaron en la Universidad de Oxford y colaboran con gobiernos de América Latina para entender la evolución de la pandemia

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Our alumni Nicole Feune de Colombi, Martín Merello, Francisco Obando (cohort 2018-19) and Lorena Suárez-Idueta (Cohort 2015-16) are tirelessly working on the COVID-19 International Modelling Consortium (CoMo Consortium), an initiative that can project possible pandemic scenarios thorough mathematical modelling.

Eat healthily, stay active for long-term health

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"The Covid-19 pandemic has forced people to stay indoors for a long period of time due to lockdown measures." Article by our current student Priya Lakshmy (2019-20 cohort)

Summary of Activities together as alumni of the MSc program

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Our alumni Julius Gilayeneh (2016-17 cohort), Wahdae-Mai Harmon and Jethro Zawolo (2017-18 cohort) share the summary of their activities on establishing a new MPH program in Liberia. "Evidence gathered from this project will be disseminated and use to inform the development of relevant policies that are lacking and other interventions."

Minah Faiz (cohort 2019-20) awarded The Most Contributed Scholar, The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Scholars Awards 2020

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We are very proud to announce that our student Minah Faiz (cohort 2019-20) was awarded The Most Contributed Scholar award as well as the The Most Potential Enterprise - Solis (in collaboration with Upamanyu Ghose) by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.

Dasht-e-Barchi : can it ever be a safe place again?

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"The simple yet harmonious refuge that we built for mothers to deliver their precious new babies has been annihilated. I wonder—can it ever be a safe place again?" Dr Katherine Franklin (cohort 2017-18)

Give 'gate-keepers' their due

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"If a patient ends up in the ward, there have been a failure at many levels of health promotion and health prevention for him to be there. What more if the patient ends up in intensive care." B. Priya Lakshmi (cohort 2019-20)

Going with Grace: from Malawi to Oxford University

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"We had a lot of opportunities to bond as a group and become personal friends over the year. My study program also gave me and my classmates a lot of opportunities to get to know each other. " Grace Mzumara (cohort 2018-19)

Syria Situational Brief - Impact of COVID-19 on forcibly displaced persons inside Syria

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"COVID-19 is characterised by a relatively high proportion of patients requiring respiratory support and prolonged ventilation. As such, insufficient numbers of ventilators (and healthcare workers trained to use them) will rapidly consume available resources." Ms Manar Marzouk (cohort 2015-16)

Assessing the implementation of facility-based HIV testing policies in Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania from 2013–2018

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"There have been few studies that have investigated the extent to which health facilities in rural African settings have been able to keep pace with changing HIV testing policies. This study addresses this gap by assessing the implementation of HIV testing and counselling policies in rural health facilities in Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania over the period 2013–2018." Dr Lameck Luwanda (cohort 2016-17)

MSF opens new COVID-19 Khayelitsha Field Hospital in partnership with the Department of Health

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“Every death is heavy on the healthcare workers that fought to save that person’s life.” Dr Claire Keene (cohort 2017-18)

The power of people caring for those affected by Covid-19

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"Let’s imagine for a moment, that everyone who couldn’t self-isolate at home could be accommodated within their neighbourhoods — in an environment that was designed not to transmit COVID-19". Manya van Ryneveld (cohort 2017-18)

COVID 19: Interview with Dr Sylvie Pool

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Our alumna Dr Sylvie Pool (cohort 2019-2020) reflects on the MSc IHTM course at Oxford and on the lockdown in the UK.

Systematic review: Baseline results of a living systematic review for COVID-19 clinical trial registrations

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Our alumni Emilia Sitsofe Antonio and Sopuruchukwu Obiesie ( 2019-2020 cohort) as well as our alumni Zineb Bentounsi and Vitalis Fambombi Feteh (2018-2019 cohort), Gerald Jamberi Makuka and Roland Ngu (2017-2018 cohort) have contributed to this systematic review on independent trials aiming to answer similar questions.

RISK6, a 6-gene transcriptomic signature of TB disease risk, diagnosis and treatment response

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Alumnus Simon Mendelsohn (2015-2016) co-authored the publication from the study and development of a validated, simple blood-based test that has the potential to serve multiple functions in the fight against TB.

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