GLOHRA Research Projects

The German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA) is proud to contribute to global health research by supporting interdisciplinary pilot projects, cross-sector projects and global health fellowships.

Research projects are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

IndoCerCa: Community Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention in Indonesia

Cross-sector project

GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Prof. Dr. Jörg Haier, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover; Prof. Peter Hillemanns, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover; Prof. Ralph Lellé, Universitätsklinikum Münster

International Team Lead(s): Supriyatiningsih Wenang, Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta/PKU Muhammadiyah Gamping Teaching Hospital (Indonesia); Dwi Astuti, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)

In a nutshell: This research project will involve designing, implementing and testing a community-based screening approach for HPV in Indonesia. The team includes more than 10 individuals from academic and non-academic institutions in Germany and Indonesia. The overarching and long-term goal of this research project is to establish clinically effective, cost-effective and desirable community strategies to make possible the elimination of cervical cancer.

Planned Duration: November 2021 – October 2023

Focus Areas: women's health, prevention, cancer, health literacy

RESAMP: Reducing schistosomiasis through aquaculture interventions in Madagascar: a pilot study

interdisciplinary pilot project

GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Dr. Daniela Fusco & Dr. Ralf Krumkamp, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine; Prof. Amena Almes Ahmad & Juliane Boenecke, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg

International Team Lead(s): Nicolas Jouanard, Université de Fianarantsoa, Madagascar; Prof. Rivo Andry Rokotoarivelo & Dr. Tahinamandranto Rasamoelina, Université d’Antananarivo, Madagascar; Prof. Raphaël Rakotozandrindrainy, Centre d'Infectiologie Charles Mérieux (CICM), Madagascar

In a nutshell: The RESAMP research project aims to assess the feasibility of implementing an aquaculture intervention in rice fields in Madagascar as a potential infection control measure to reduce the transmission of schistosomiasis. The project is organized around three thematic areas i.e., aquaculture, public health and ecology. Ultimately the experienced European-African team seeks to collect sufficient data to serve as a proof of concept for scaling up the novel farming intervention to achieve broader health, social and ecological benefits. 

Planned Duration: September 2021 – February 2023

Focus Areas: tropical diseases, agriculture and health, neglected and poverty-related diseases, nutrition

WELLPAK: Integration of digital mental health intervention at community level in Pakistan

Cross-sector project

GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Prof. Dr. Hajo Zeeb and Dr. Maham Saleem, Leibniz-Institut für Präventionsforschung und Epidemiologie - BIPS; PD Dr. Markus Kösters, Universität Ulm

In a nutshell: Bringing together academic, civil society and policy actors in both Germany and Pakistan, this project aims to digitally adapt the WHO transdiagnostic intervention for common mental health disorders and pioneer this digital intervention in Islamabad, Pakistan. If proven feasible and acceptable this project will not only harness digital technologies for mental health issues but will also positively impact the uptake of these technologies for other health issues of the country. 

Planned Duration: August 2021 – July 2023

Focus Areas: global mental health, e-health / m-health

HelmSys: The impact of helminth infections on vaccine outcomes in humans – a systematic literature review

Interdisciplinary Pilot Project

GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Prof. Dr. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Klug, Technische Universität München; Dr. Meral Esen, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

In a nutshell: Reflecting on the pivotal role of vaccines in prevention and control of infectious diseases, this interdisciplinary project seeks to systematically review and analyze the impact of helminth co-infections on the efficacy of routinely used and novel vaccines such as COVID-19. Insights from this project will help generate knowledge translation resources to inform clinical and public health practice guidelines, design studies investigating optimal vaccination schedules and formulate strategies for optimal anti-helminthic regimens.

Planned Duration: November 2021 - February 2023

Focus Areas: vaccine development, neglected and poverty-related diseases, tropical diseases

Diarrhea, fiber and colon cancer: Environmental contributions to low colon cancer risk in sub-Saharan Africa

Global Health Fellowship

GLOHRA Fellow: Dr. Sören Ocvirk, Deutsche Institut für Ernährungsforschung Potsdam-Rehbrücke

In a nutshell: This study proposes a novel mechanism for colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention. The team will examine a population with low risk for colon cancer, individuals in sub-Saharan Africa, with special attention to the role of dietary fiber consumption and pathogenic intestinal bacteria. Insights could have implication for targeted prevention of CRC in high-risk groups.

Planned Duration: May 2021 – April 2023

Focus Areas: nutrition, agriculture and health, prevention, cancer

IMPEDE-CVD: Human centered design to adapt and inform an integrated chronic disease management program

Cross-sector Project

GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Prof. Dr. Felix Knauf, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Dr. Shannon McMahon-Rössle, Prof. Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen, both Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg; Dr. Julius Emmrich, Dr. Samuel Knauss, both mTOMADY gGmbh

International Team Lead(s): Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, Makerere University & ACCESS Uganda

In a nutshell: Research meets implementation in this digital health project in Uganda. The team aims to assess the feasibility, acceptability, perception, and usefulness of a mobile phone-based program to detect and manage cardiovascular disease in a rural community in Uganda. This will ideally improve the detection and management of chronic diseases and reduce their financial burden in resource-poor communities.

Planned Duration: May 2021 - April 2023

Focus Areas:  non-communicable disease, e-health / m-health

MeasureGender: Measuring gender-based discrimination to better understand maternal mortality

Interdisciplinary Pilot Project

GLOHRA Team Lead(s): PD. Dr. med. Wilm Quentin, Technische Universität Berlin and Prof. Dr. Manuela De Allegri, Heidelberg University

In a nutshell: Drawing on sociological and medical perspectives, this project aims to develop a culturally adapted tool for measuring gender-based discrimination. The team hopes that the tool, Measure-Gender, developed via field research and interviews, can be used in future surveys to improve our understanding of the relationship between gender-based discrimination and maternal health outcomes.

Planned Duration: May 2021 - April 2022

Focus Areas: women's health, maternal health, health care research