LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE
LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE
International Diagnostics Centre
Rosanna is the Chair of Diagnostics Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre. Her research focuses on novel diagnostic technologies that can be most effectively scaled up in low and middle-income settings to reduce disease burden and improve patient outcomes.
Prior to this position Prof Peeling held the position of Research Coordinator and Head of Diagnostics Research at the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Chief of the Canadian National Laboratory for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, where she focused on the evaluation of diagnostics to inform global policy and WHO bulk procurement decisions. Rosanna developed a diagnostics programme aimed at facilitating the development, evaluation and uptake of new diagnostic technologies using implementation science approaches. Her concern for the lack of international standards for diagnostic evaluations led to the development, in collaboration with a number of experts, of a series of publications in Nature Microbiology Reviews on the design and conduct of diagnostic evaluations for malaria, and sexually transmitted infections (STI). Since 2015, Rosanna has been a member of the Social Innovation in Health Initiative and her interest is in identifying social innovations that can enhance access to diagnostics and improve care delivery for infectious diseases.
LINDI VAN NIEKERK
Lindi is a medical doctor with a background in primary healthcare, public health and social innovation. Over the past 9-years, Lindi has been designing and implementing various social innovation projects and capacity building initiatives in South Africa. Some of her projects include: the first end of life care public programme in Cape Town and the first healthcare innovation lab in a public-sector hospital in Africa.
She has experience in clinical trial and health services research and was the principal investigator for the 16-country case study research of the Social Innovation in Health Initiative in 2014 – 2016. Lindi previously led the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Initiative at the UCT Graduate School of Business’ Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and is currently a research fellow and PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She consults independently on social innovation for various public health organizations in part-time capacity. Lindi has a passion for the African continent and seeing Africans becoming creators of their own solutions to improve the health of communities. In 2017, Lindi acts as the SIHI project manager at LSHTM and technical advisor to TDR, WHO.
RACHEL (CHATER) HOUNSELL
Rachel has spent the past 4 years focusing on social entrepreneurship and social innovation in healthcare, in both research and project management roles. While primarily based in South Africa, her work has taken her to other African and Asian countries. During her time at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Rachel coordinated the implementation of the Social Innovation in Health Initiative, co-leading research spanning 16 countries.
Rachel helped film and produce the SIHI short-film series and other visual elements and lead the communication efforts for the Initiative. Rachel has a background in development economics and holds an MComm from the University of Cape Town, specialising in social entrepreneurship models in developing country health systems. Rachel also has macro-economic consulting experience across Southern Africa working for SADC and has partnered with the Overseas Development Institute, London, to undertake research in Kenya looking at models, drivers and environmental constraints of innovative solutions to the country’s healthcare challenges. She has experience working in a public hospital setting in South Africa, where she explored ways to improve the delivery of healthcare within resource-constrained settings. Rachel is currently the Project Coordinator at LSHTM and the Communications Manager for SIHI.
“Social innovation in health is an approach that can support low and middle-income countries achieve sustainable, people-centred health systems and services. Social innovation is rooted in a belief that communities and different members of society are competent interpreters of their own lives and have the capacity to know how to solve the problems they experience. Across low and middle income countries there is an abundance of community innovators who have developed novel services or products to overcome health system shortcomings and improve the health of their community.”