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International Diagnostics Centre

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. The International Diagnostics Centre at LSHTM seeks to facilitate the development, evaluation and implementation of accessible, quality assured in-vitro diagnostics for global health through information sharing and advocacy.


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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.


In 2017, SHTM will play a key role in supporting the establishment of three social innovation hubs in Malawi, Uganda and the Philippines. Working in close partnership with university partners in each country, SHTM will provide resources, mentorship and capacity building support to facilitate these hubs becoming ‘centres of excellence’ in their regions. It will also conduct research in:


In 2017, SHTM will continue to actively advance social innovation in health by supporting and mentoring the University of Malawi, Makerere University and the University of the Philippines in their efforts to catalyse social innovation in their institutions and countries by drawing on the experience gained in conducting the SIHI identification call and case research in 2014/15. SHTM also brings additional supportive expertise by drawing on key centres such as the Centre for Evaluation; Centre for Malaria and Centre for Maternal Health. London has a number of other organisations or agencies with social innovation expertise that can be leveraged in support of the partnership.


The team at LSHTM will Leverage the strength and expertise of the School, as a leading public health university, for rigorous and quality research. LSHTM will focus on identifying and studying the mechanisms and tools that will foster and support more academics and implementers to conduct research on social innovations. It will also directly undertake two key areas of research:


Identifying social innovations: A first area of research will be on the innovation identification mechanism. The systematic innovation identification approach used by SIHI in 2014/15 will be further developed; and the effectiveness of this approach to identifying community-based social innovations will be compared and contrasted. This knowledge gained on identification mechanisms will not only support SIHI but also inform international players wanting to harness the power of community solutions especially for supporting disease elimination efforts or during emergency disease outbreaks.


Evaluating social innovations: A second area of research LSHTM will undertake is to develop an evaluation tool for social innovation that can be used by governments or universities to evaluate social innovations and adapted for self-assessment by social innovators. Despite the inherent systems strengthening potential of community-based social innovations, several barriers are hindering its integration and adoption into the formal health system. One such barrier, as identified during the 2015 Social Innovation Annecy Consultation, is a lack of evidence. Many innovators have experienced the availability of impact evidence to be a pre-requisite for engagement with health policy and decision-makers. The tool will be developed in a stepwise manner. In 2017, a literature review will be conducted and finalised reviewing all existing methods and tools available to evaluate complex health system interventions such as social innovations.


LSHTM will play a convening role for SIHI partners who are establishing Country Innovation Hubs and running solution-finding calls. This will be done through a combination of workshops, capacity building exercises, partner learning exchanges, and material development. The team will also reach out to new institutions that are interested in pursuing social innovation and support them in progressing towards active involvement in the Initiative.


LSHTM also houses the communications component of SIHI, which is responsible for all internal and external communication efforts for the Initiative.

“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.”