Global Health Challenges team
Find out about the experience and expertise of the people who will be leading and contributing to the programme.
Prof Liz Grant
Programme Director, is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Development, in the Centre for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Her teaching responsibilities include international public health research, global health workforce issues and palliative care. Within the Primary Palliative Care Research Group in the Centre for Population Health Sciences, Prof Grant leads the international palliative care and spiritual and palliative care strands. Her research interests are in health systems and health workforce development and in palliative care. She heads a large DFID funded programme on developing and mainstreaming palliative care into health systems in 4 African countries. Liz also works part time for the National Health Service (NHS) Lothian as an international health advisor and African Health and Social care specialist. She coordinates NHS Lothian’s partnership with Zambia. She sits on the Scottish board of the international Disability Charity, CBM.
Rosemary Geddes trained in medicine at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, completed her general practice training in south east Scotland and specialised in public health through the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. She is a Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine in South Africa. Her varied clinical experience includes working as a junior doctor in Namibia to GP work in Fife and Edinburgh. Rosemary coordinates the online Masters in Public Health at Edinburgh University and lectures online and on-campus. She has worked on numerous projects including training of tuberculosis managers, implementing Health Promoting Hospitals, polio campaign evaluation, strategic planning for HIV, TB & STI control, and development and evaluation of Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV programmes. In Scotland, Rosemary has worked on evaluation of alcohol policy and early childhood
Ladeisha Bhide is the Course Organiser for the 'Global Health Challenges: an Introduction' and the 'Maternal and Child Health in a Global Context' courses. She completed her MPH from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 where she wrote her dissertation on rehabilitation and reintegration experiences of women post fistula repair in sub-Saharan Africa. She subsequently moved to Kenya and worked as a researcher for a fistula surgeon; they are currently working on a series of papers on various aspects of fistula care. In 2017 she relocated to South Africa where she is currently living.
Julie Ancian is the Course Organiser for the 'Evaluation of Global Health and Development Programmes' course. Julie has a previous 10 years experience in International Development, serving as a policy advisor and an advocate on global health issues in international NGOs (Doctors of the World-France, Action for Global Health). She led analysis on European and global ODA, conducted health-needs assessments in developing and post-conflict countries and then participated to evaluation activities as an independent consultant. She recently completed a PhD in social sciences and is now a researcher with her main interest on gender and health.
Varia Christie is the Programme Coordinator. She combines research background with vast experience of user support, especially for online learning. In 2017-18 she worked closely with the Planetary Health Alliance (Harvard) to successfully organise the 2nd Planetary Health Annual Meeting that took place in Edinburgh in May 2018. She continues to work with Prof Grant on developing the Planetary Health strand of research within the Global Health Academy.
She also serves as the first point of call for any questions regarding the Global Health Challenges Programme.