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The role of migrants in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in the UK and Europe

Project Description

Migration to the UK and Europe has risen dramatically in recent years, including migrants coming from countries where health and vaccination systems may be lacking. Migrants may be an under-immunised for vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, and face barriers in access to health care and vaccination services. In recent years, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases including measles, diphtheria and hepatitis. A have been documented across Europe involving migrant populations, yet data are lacking and the role of migrants – and different subpopulations of migrants – is unknown.

This project aims to gather evidence on the role of migrants to Europe in vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, the types of migrants involved (migrant status eg, refugees, countries of origin, age-range) through the statistical analysis of large international and national datasets, and through a systematic review and meta analysis of published and grey literature. In addition, migrants’ attitudes to catch-up vaccination on arrival to prevent outbreaks will be ascertained through a qualitative in-depth interview study with a diverse range of UK-based migrants. These data will address major data gaps in the UK context and inform national policy and strategies for preventing outbreaks and improving the delivery of vaccination services to migrant communities.

Skills we expect a student to develop/acquire whilst pursuing this project
The student will gain training in interdisciplinary approaches, including statistical analysis of large datasets, designing and delivering a systematic review and meta-analyses conforming to PRISMA guidelines, and qualitative research methods. The in-depth qualitative study will involve acquiring ethical approval and informed consent, and working alongside a diverse range of migrant groups.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors to discuss project details.

The current studentship is part of the MRC London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC-LID) between The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and St. George’s University of London (SGUL)

Subsequently applications can be made by following the instructions on the MRC-LID site at http://mrc-lid.lshtm.ac.uk/apply/.

Please click on the following link for more information about the MRC-LID programme: http://mrc-lid.lshtm.ac.uk/

For more information on funding please go to: http://mrc-lid.lshtm.ac.uk/faqs/

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 1 January 2020.

Funding Notes

To be eligible for a full studentship award applicants must
(a) hold, or expect to obtain before September 2020, a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (as a minimum), and
(b) be a UK or EU citizen, and
(c) have maintained ordinary residence in the UK continuously for the 3 years preceding 1 September 2020.

To be generally eligible for a fees-only studentship award applicants must
(a) hold, or expect to obtain before September 2020, a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (as a minimum), and
(b) be a UK or EU citizen.

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