Professor James Newell

Professor James Newell

Professor of International Public Health

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Summary: James is Professor of International Public Health and is the Institute’s Academic Lead for Research. His research focuses on improving delivery of health services in low- and middle-income countries

Location: G.19, Charles Thackrah Building

Current research interests

James's work at Leeds focuses on improving delivery of health services in low- and middle-income countries. He is co-Director of COMDIS-HSD, a major research programme consortium funded by DFID that addresses health services delivery in Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Nepal, Pakistan, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. This consortium in part carries forward and builds on a previous DFID-funded research programme consortium, COMDIS, that addressed communicable disease control in these countries.

James's specific areas of interest within these consortia are encouraging patient-focused approaches within health services in low- and middle-income countries, acknowledging that people's desire to use healthcare may be secondary to aspects of their life such as providing for their families. Only by making health services responsive to their needs (ie accessible, acceptable and affordable), as well as appropriate to context and sustainable, will we improve the health care poor people receive.

Within this broad arena, James is looking at

  • understanding and improving access to care for TB
  • understanding stigma associated with TB
  • understanding and improving access to care for MDR TB
  • understanding and improving access to care for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension
  • understanding and improving access to maternal and neonatal care

James has an interest in research that has large impact and works with ministries of health and experts in research uptake to ensure his research findings are adopted into policy and policy is translated into practice at large scale.

James also has an interest in research capacity development and works with partners in the two consortia to further this aim.