Research by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development

The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development carries out research in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. Our research prioritises universal access to basic health care through two central objectives:

  • Increasing understanding of how health systems can be better configured to provide improved health services
  • Developing and testing interventions which address weaknesses in health services that have been identified as priorities by policy makers.

We work with government, non-governmental and academic partners, to ensure that

  • our research addresses priority problems
  • we produce knowledge appropriate for guiding policy
  • research findings are used to improve health policy making and practice at scale.

Our work requires a mix of methods that permits a diagnosis of how a system functions, development of interventions, assessment of effectiveness, examination of the impact of policy and an understanding of the underlying determinants of effectiveness. Central to all our work is an emphasis on improving research uptake through an integrated approach that includes decision makers in problem identification and research design.

Health services research projects

COMDIS: Communicable Diseases Research Programme Consortium

COMDIS-HSD: Communicable Diseases – Health Service Delivery Research Programme Consortium

Making birthing safe for Pakistan women

TB & Tobacco (External Link - University of York)

Health systems research projects

CHEPSAA: Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa

COMMUNITY DIALOGUES IN BANGLADESH:  Preventing and controlling antibiotic resistance in Bangladesh.

CREATE: Civil Society Organizations, Resource mobilisation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Training & Employment of people affected by leprosy (CREATE) in India

EVAL-HEALTH: New Methodologies to Monitor & Evaluate Health Related EU-Funded Interventions

EXTEND:  Impact of Extending Health Service to remote populations in Nigeria using Satellite Communication.

HESVIC: Health System stewardship and regulation in Vietnam, India and China

PERFORMimproving health workforce performance in Ghana,

RESPOND: This project aims to assist the national policymakers to make Bangladesh’s health system more responsive.

REVAMP: Determinants of effectiveness of a novel community health workers' programme in improving maternal and child health in Nigeria.

SUE: Surveys for Urban Equity: getting and using the data to respond to Non-Communicable Diseases in urban areas

URBAN ANCHAL: Sustainable day-care for 1-4 year olds in disadvantaged urban communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research related

DEPROHEALTH: Determination of Professional qualifications of Healthcare management and revision of the educational programmes

HEART: Health & Education Advice & Resource Team

ReBUILD Consortium:  Obstetric Referral in the Cambodian Health System - What works?

We have a specific interest in the following areas:

  • improving care for tuberculosis (TB) and multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
  • improving care for cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • tobacco control
  • health economics and financing
  • health policy
  • urban healthcare provision
  • family planning
  • health behaviour change
  • ensuring research uptake
  • developing new methods for monitoring and evaluating health interventions
  • increasing research capacity development in low income countries