All countries have signed up to work towards achieving the UN sustainable development goals by 2030. The UK Official Development Aid (ODA) strategy supports the development of research partnerships between UK researchers and those in least developed and lower and middle income countries to address global challenges and to build research capacity. To achieve this aim, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have awarded funding to global health research groups and units for health research projects (read more) through the global challenges research fund which is part of the ODA budget. Our NIHR funded Global Health Research Group aims to work collaboratively with partners to Improve Stroke Care in India.
Stroke is a worldwide health problem and, with heart disease, is now the most common cause of death globally. In low to middle income countries (LMICs) like India, the number of people having and dying from stroke is increasing. India now has the third-highest number of people dying from stroke of any country. People in India also tend to have strokes younger than people in wealthier countries like the UK – in their 50s rather than in their 70s. This often causes immense hardship for them and their family. There has been great progress in stroke audit and research in the UK in the past 20 years, which has led to major improvements in stroke service organisation and care. These improvements have reduced death and disability from stroke. Our Global Health Research Group will work in partnership across the UK and India (with support from key colleagues in Australia) to improve stroke care in India. The group brings together multidisciplinary researchers with expertise in a range of methodological approaches, with differing professional backgrounds, experience, at different stages of their research careers, and with expertise in truly collaborative global health research and development.