Global health focuses on health issues that concern many countries, ranging from domestic health disparities to cross-border issues. Global health embraces the full breadth of important health threats, from infectious diseases and maternal and child health, through to non-communicable diseases and environmental and transnational determinants of disease. Many health threats are shaped by increasing global interconnectedness from rapid travel and communication, and economic interdependency.
Global health seeks to address health disparities through partnership, pooling of experience and knowledge, and collaborative efforts between groups and countries. Global health problems are often complex, requiring multi-disciplinary teams to work towards solutions and welcoming a range of perspectives and ideas.
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New Zealand, or Aotearoa in Māori, is a small nation in the South Pacific that aspires to be a good global citizen. We work to incorporate indigenous understanding or mātauranga Māori into our relationships and partnerships with others. OGHI harnesses both technical and collaborative strengths across the Divisions, Schools, and Departments of the University of Otago to make them available to share with partners as we seek together to find solutions to complex global health problems.
In addition to the OGHI network of researchers across the University of Otago, we work with partners within New Zealand and abroad. These relationships underpin a range of collaborative research projects, and are often linked to postgraduate student opportunities and other development activities.
- e-ASIA Joint Research Program: Whole genome sequencing of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains.
- e-ASIA Joint Research Program: Collaborative fever etiology research in Southeast Asia.
- Examining the impact of agricultural intensification on childhood growth in prehistoric SE Asia
- The implications for migration and trade on the presence of infectious and nutritional diseases in past populations in Asia
- Collaboration between the University of Otago and the University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar: Febrile illness, invasive bacterial disease, and antimicrobial resistance among inpatients in Myanmar.
- Latent tuberculosis infection among health care workers.
- Socioeconomic risk factors for childhood pneumonia in Basse, The Gambia.
- Faculty of Medicine in Universitas Padjadjaran: Concurrent Tuberculosis and Diabetes Mellitus (TANDEM) in Indonesia.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Severe typhoid in Tanzania (STT).
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Invasive Salmonella infections in Africa.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Typhoid Vaccine Acceleration Consortium (TyVAC).
- UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: The impact and social ecology of bacterial zoonoses in northern Tanzania.
- UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: Hazards Associated with Zoonotic enteric pathogens in Emerging Livestock meat pathways (HAZEL).
- UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: Social, Economic and Environmental Drivers of Zoonoses in Tanzania (SEEDZ).
- UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: Molecular epidemiology of brucellosis in northern Tanzania.
- US National Institutes of Health: Investigating Febrile Deaths in Tanzania (INDITe).
- US National Institutes of Health: The impact and social ecology of bacterial zoonoses in northern Tanzania.
Dr Pippa Scott, Associate Investigator
Associate Professor Jacqui Leckie, Principal Investigator
Professor David Murdoch, Principal Investigator
Professor Michael Baker, Associate Investigator
Associate Professor Lisa Houghton, Principal Investigator; Emerita Professor Rosalind Gibson, Advisory Group
Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, Associate Investigator
Professors John Crump and Philip Hill, Principal Investigators
Associate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau, Principal Investigator
Etienne Nel, Associate Investigator