Health & Wellbeing

Hospital waiting room, Qunu Hospital, South Africa. (credit: Thembinkosi Dwayisa)

Highlights so far

Bristol researchers have a number of collaborative projects currently underway that address questions of health and well-being in sub-Saharan Africa and are shown in the map below

Dr Celia Gregson’s (Musculoskeletal Research Unit) research reaches across several countries, and with the founding of SAMSON, which she now co-directs - aims to build musculoskeletal research capacity across the sub-Saharan region through working closely with institutions such as the University of Witwatersrand, Zimbabwe, Makerere and Kwazulu-Natal. Similarly spanning many regions of Africa is The Community Network for African Vector-Borne Plant Viruses (CONNECTED), a vector-borne disease network based at, and led from, the University of Bristol.

Alongside a team of UoB and WUN researchers, and working with the International Livestock Research Institute, Professor John Tarlton’s (Vet School) project exploring Smallholder dairy cooperatives aims to to define and share best practice in the organisation and management of SSF cooperatives in Kenya, Malawi, and Ghana. Professor Mhairi Gibson’s (anthropology) recent fieldwork-based research has explored health and population change in East and West Africa, and the social dynamics of normative practices which are harmful to women in Ethiopia, including female genital mutilation/cutting. Whilst Dr Vicky Sharley’s (Policy Studies) current collaborative research with colleagues at the University of Namibia focuses upon children’s health and welfare and how neglect is conceptualised in the local context.