Cultural Epidemiology

The Cultural Epidemiology unit advances an agenda for increasing access to health services, acceptance and demand for disease interventions, and promoting essential features of good mental health. Our research examines the social contexts of interventions and population behaviour, community health priorities and questions of whether or not people are willing and able to use proposed interventions. Working with WHO and African partners, we have designed studies in Zanzibar, Kenya and DR Congo to clarify the level and determinants of acceptance and demand for vaccines to prevent cholera. A multi-centred study of Access to Medicines in Africa and South Asia (AMASA) examines the production, supply and use of selected drugs for tuberculosis, malaria, depression, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. Mental health research in India focuses on suicide, cultural psychiatry and community mental health. The stigma of epilepsy and other chronic conditions remains a cross-cutting interest.

Pharmacovigilance in India, Uganda and South Africa - a Short Video Summary

In line with the Knowledge Translation initiatives of the International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM), a short video of a summary of the published manuscript entitled: "Pharmacovigilance in India, Uganda and South Africa with Reference to WHO's Minimum Requirements" was submitted to IJHPM at their invitation.


The video was produced at the Swiss TPH and will be published on the IJHPM YouTube Channel. The manuscript was accepted for publication by the IJHPM on 4 March 2015 and was e-published on 9 March 2015.The study was conceived in the framework of the AMASA (Access to Medicines in Africa and South Africa) project ( of which the Swiss TPH was a partner institution.