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Creating impact together

The Global Health Initiative brings together key health sector stakeholders from across the LSE, the UK and internationally to share information, data, projects, and practice. We provide a platform for exchange and collaboration both within the LSE and beyond it.

We host a range of regular events, seminars, and lectures ranging from internal events for LSE students and staff to public lectures and high profile invitation-only events. We do so both in order to inform our ongoing research through engagement with others and to raise awareness of LSE's rigorous social science approach to Global Health issues and challenges.


Upcoming Events:

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Pandemics, Pills and Politics: Governing Global Health Security

What happens – politically, economically, and socially - when governments try to protect their populations with pharmaceuticals? Do citizens around the world ultimately stand to gain or lose from this pharmaceuticalization of security policy?

In this seminar, Stefan Elbe will present his latest book Pandemics, Pills & Politics, in which he explores these questions through the story of the world's most prominent medical countermeasure – Tamiflu. 

Date: 17th January 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: The Graham Wallas Room, 5th Floor Old Building

Organised by: The Global Health Initiative 

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Global health in an unequal world: The real Grand Challenges

In this seminar Ted Schrecker, Professor of Global Health Policy at Newcastle University’s Institute of Health and Society, will argue that the most important Grand Challenges in global health arise from increasing economic inequality and the public policies that reflect and reinforce it, and from the tension between legitimate aspirations of the majority of the world’s people and the biospheric implications of meeting them.  

Date: 22nd January 2019
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Fawcett House (TW2), 9.05

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Sleep Deprivation Among India's Urban Poor

Dr Heather Schofield looks at the effect of heavy exposure to factors such as noise, stress, and overcrowding which disrupt and limit sleep and the subsequent health consequences of sleep deprivation for the urban poor in India.  

Date: 12th February 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Venue: The Graham Wallas Room, 5th Floor Old Building

Organised by: The Global Health Initiative 

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One hundred years after the influenza pandemic, a novelist, a science writer and a population health specialist discuss the social impact of pandemics through time, and how virus, quarantine and contagion continue to inspire our dystopian literary imaginations.

Date: 21st February 2019
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: The Shaw Library

Organised by: part of the LSE New World (Dis)Orders series

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The Drugs Aren't Working! Confronting the Crisis of Superbugs

Growing resistance to antibiotics is one of the most significant current threats to global public health.The interdisciplinary panel sitting across International Development, Health Policy, Government and International Relations will each address the challenge of growing resistance to antibiotics, providing a solution from their disciplinary viewpoint with questions and comments submitted in the days leading up to the event fed into the discussion.

Date: 26th February 2019
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building 

Organised by: The Global Health Initiative, part of the LSE New World (Dis)Orders series


Previous Events


Avoiding the Unavoidable

Avoiding the Avoidable: comparative approaches to patient safety

This lecture will consider the latest international thinking on approaches to patient safety and the future challenges and opportunities this presents for health care leaders.

Date: 13th December 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre

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Film Screening: Pili 

Introducing Pili: one woman's journey through hardship, pain, endurance and hope. A single mother facing a HIV+ status, a community of stigma and a generation of poverty, Pili is offered the chance to change it all. But with only 3 days to do so, it's an uphill battle.

Date: 28th November 2018
Time: 17:30 - 20:00
Venue: Thai Theatre

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The Global Gag Rule and Women's Reproductive Health: rhetoric versus reality

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, examines the effectiveness of the U.S. "global gag rule" which cuts off American aid to health care providers that provide or discuss abortion.

Date: 12 November 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: LSE, Wolfson Theatre 


Global Health Networking Event

Open to all LSE postgraduate students with an interest in Global Health, this event is intended to bring together students working on Global Health across a number of different programmes in different Departments. The evening will kick off with a networking session run by communications expert Donald Steel entitled: “Being more confident in a room full of strangers.

This will be followed by drinks and an opportunity to meet fellow students and LSE faculty members working in Global Health from across the School.

Date: 10 October 2018
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: LSE Life


PLASMA Workshop #2: Cartographies of Suffering and Mental Health in Latin America. A Century of the ‘Social Question’

An interdisciplinary space for reflection and collaboration between young researchers and and scholars with an interest in mental health in Latin America from a social science perspective.


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Women, Global Health and Social Justice: From silences to solutions

This event will feature three leading academics working at the intersections of gender, global health and social justice fields in the African Continent. 

Date: 27 June 2018

Organised by: Firoz Lalija Centre for Africa

Speakers: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Dr Catherine Campbell & Dr Ernestina Coast

Chair: Dr Rochelle Burgess


The “difficult question”: choosing to provide or not provide abortion in Zambia and its impact on the delivery of safe and equitable abortion services at primary and community health levels

Series: LSE Health Policy

Date: 30 May 2018

Time: 12:30-13:45

Organised by: LSE Health Policy Department

Speaker: Dr. Emily Freeman

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Ten Reasons we are wrong About the World- and why things are better than you think

Date: 11 April 2018

Organised by: Department of International Development and the Global Health Initiative

Speakers: Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling

Chair: Dr. Tiziana Leone

In their new book Factfulness, Professor of International Health Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling, offer a radical new explanation of why this happens and reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspectives.




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Introduce or Not to Introduce?- Prioritization for New Vaccines in Uganda

Date: 21st March 2018

Organised by: Department of International Development & Global Health Initiative

Speaker: Professor Peter Waiswa

Professor Waiswa details the investigation into immunization in Uganda from a health policy perspective. Given the competing governmental costs, what vaccines merit prioritization and how might we calculate their value?




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Universal Health Coverage in the Global South: What is Needed to Make it Work?

Date: 22 February 2018

Organised by: LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0

Speakers: Professor Kalipso Chalkidou, Professor Ken Shadlen, Dr. Daniel Wang

Chair: Dr. Justin Parkhurst

Although Universal health coverage is a pillar of the modern welfare state, the successful design and implementation of arrangements to deliver on this promise faces enormous challenges.

This panel, with perspectives from health policy, law, and political science, examines these challenges and reflects on national experiences in developing countries.



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LSE Global Health Initiative Launch

Date: 24 October 2017

Organised by: Global Health Intiative

Speakers: Professor Elias Mossialos, Professor Catherine Campbell, Professor Tim Allen

Chair: Professor Julia Black

 The Global Health Initiative is a cross-departmental research platform set up to increase the coherence and visibility of Global Health research activity across the School, both internally and externally. It provides support for interdisciplinary engagement and showcases LSE’s ability to apply rigorous social science research to emerging global health challenges.