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.
GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Dr. Collins G. Adeyanju, Universität Erfurt
In a nutshell: This project seeks to explore the factors informing childhood vaccination decision-making in Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria. Previous studies have identified immense disparities in childhood immunization coverage between boys and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, in part due to misinformation that vaccines cause infertility in women among other socio-cultural factors. Drawing on communication science, gender studies and psychology, this project investigates the factors contributing to the gender gap, the drivers of misinformation and the role of men/fathers as patriarchal heads of households in vaccination decision-making, ultimately aiming to improve immunization initiatives for children and adolescents.
Planned Duration: November 2022 - October 2024
Focus Areas: child and adolescent health, patient education & health literacy, sociology of health, infectious diseases, health policy
GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Dr. Sophie Schneitler, Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes; Dr. Ahmed Abd El Wahed, Universität Leipzig; Prof. Dr. Martin Siegel, Technische Universität Berlin
In a nutshell: This project will draw on a trilateral collaboration between European partners and institutions from Africa and Asia in order to support tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics. The main project objective is to introduce mobile diagnostic capabilities and capacity for peripheral lymph node TB in low resource settings in Uganda and Bangladesh. The strategy will follow a 4Ds concept: Decentralization of diagnostics; Deliver results in short time; Deliver tests to poor resource settings; Decrease the operation costs.
Planned Duration: November 2022 - October 2024
Focus Areas: infectious diseases, diagnostics, e-health/m-health
GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Dr. Hannah Strohmeider, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
In a nutshell: Racism has been acknowledged as a social determinant of health, yet evidence for the prevalence of racism within humanitarian organizations has barely been systematically researched, and vast gaps in knowledge and data exist. This qualitative study will capture the voices of national and international humanitarian workers on their experiences of racism in humanitarian organizations, with a specific focus on the effects on mental health. Its ultimate objective is to support stakeholders (humanitarian practitioners, academics, and donors) in taking informed, evidence-based action to address racism in humanitarian organizations.
Planned Duration: November 2022 - October 2024
Focus Areas: global mental health, occupational health, sociology of health
GLOHRA Team Lead(s): PD Dr. Claudia Denkinger, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg; Prof. Dr. Lena Maier-Hein, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum
In a nutshell: Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious cause of death worldwide. Delayed and missed diagnoses are key drivers of TB-related mortality and community transmission and systematic TB screening approaches need to be improved. Drawing on the interdisciplinary team's expertise, the overall goal of this project is to use machine learning to develop an easy-to-use digital tool that combines information from multiple sources and can be implemented in resource-limited settings to improve screening for active TB disease, a WHO TB control priority.
Planned Duration: June 2022 - May 2024
Focus Areas: e-health / m-health, infectious disease, biomedical imaging & modeling
GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Dr. Amanda Wendt, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung; Dr. Martin Maier, Universität Heidelberg; Dr. Charlotte Stirn, AGAPE e.V.
In a nutshell: Drinking water quality in Bangladesh has and continues to be a critical public health issue. This multidisciplinary team builds on their prior work in Bangladesh to address the adverse health effects from contaminated drinking water. Their aim is to finalize the development of a low-cost water treatment system for further scale-up in South Asia. To reach this objective, the research team will conduct a cluster-randomized controlled trial to test this water use system’s impact on health in the study community.
Planned Duration: May 2022 - April 2024
Focus Areas: hygiene and patient safety; water, sanitation and hygiene; rural development and health
GLOHRA Team Lead(s): Dr. Ellen Kuhlmann and PD Dr. Alexandra Jablonka, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover; Dr. Frank Müller, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
International Team Lead(s): Dr. Marius-Ionut Ungureanu, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania
In a nutshell: Protecting migrant healthcare workers (HCWs) is an important dimension of pandemic preparedness. This pilot project introduces a ‘syndemic’ approach to COVID-19 with a focus on higher-skilled; it connects health policy/system and actor-centred approaches. The study investigates perceptions and needs of migrant HCWs, drawing on survey data gathered at Hannover Medical School and in-depth qualitative research with Romanian physicians in Germany, and explores policy solutions. It aims to improve migrant HCW protection and contribute to effective health workforce policy and European/global responses to HCW shortage and resilience.
Planned Duration: May 2022 - April 2023
Focus Areas: pandemic preparedness & response, migration and health, health policy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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