The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is at the forefront of responding to disease outbreaks and global health emergencies around the world through action and on-the-ground rapid research and education.
Experts have contributed to tackling the likes of Ebola, SARS, swine flu and Zika. This has included advising governments, assisting in response planning, conducting clinical trials of vaccines and treatments, providing free online courses for healthcare professionals which have attracted more than 30,000 participants, and working with local communities to change behaviour.
LSHTM now runs the Government-funded UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) in partnership with Public Health England. King's College London and the University of Oxford are academic partners.
The team of experts are ready to deploy to countries around the world within 48 hours to respond to disease outbreaks and prevent them developing into global health emergencies. It also conducts research to strengthen the global response to future epidemics.