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The University of Edinburgh | College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine |
Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences | Usher Institute

Centre for Population Health Sciences

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Dr Liz Grant

Assistant Principal, Global Health and Director of the Global Health Academy

Tel: 0131 650 2680
Fax: (0131) 650 9519


  • Director of Global Health Academy
  • Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Development, CPHS
  • Programme Co-director: MSc in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases
  • Programme Co-director: MSc in Global eHealth
  • Programme Coordinator: Masters in Family Medicine
  • Programme Director: Certificate in Global Health Challenges

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Global Health Unit of the Health, Ethics and Society module of year 1 MBChB
  • Supervision of year 4 MBChB Special Study Components in global health, spirituality and palliative care
  • Programme Co-director: MSc in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases, MSc in Global eHealth
  • Programme Coordinator: Masters in Family Medicine
  • Programme Director Certificate in Global Health Challenges
  • PhD Supervision:
    • Dr Anne Aboaja Mental wellbeing and spirituality of female prisoners in Latin America
    • Negalign Bayou Quality of Labour and Delivery Services in Government Hospitals of Ethiopia
    • Dr Liz Namukwaya Understanding the experience and multidimensional needs of Ugandan Patients with advanced Heart Failure
    • Dr Kellen Kimani Quality of life: experiences and expectations of patients living with advanced heart failure in Kenya
    • Paul Kawale Strengthening health systems in Malawi through ICT: impact evaluation of AfyaPro

Research Interests

  • Health systems and Health Workforce Development in low and middle income countries
  • Development and integration of Palliative Care services into national health systems in low income countries
    • Inequalities in health, barriers to service access and utilisation of services in low income settings
    • Role of e and mhealth in facilitating access and improving health outcomes
  • Global Burden of Non Communicable diseases
  • Male Circumcision rituals and traditions
  • HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Spirituality and health and the role of Faith Based communities in supporting health care

Current Research Involvement

Health system strengthening:

  1. Programme Lead for the Integrate Programme - a DFID THET £1.53 million grant to support the integration of palliative care into the health systems and health service training of Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda
  2. Improvement of maternal and neonatal health in rural Malawi through a 9 health centre and hospital ICT programme linking paper records (health passports) with an electronic record system to create a continuum-of-care from pregnancy to delivery
  3. Assessing the family medicine training needs of rural doctors in South India
  4. Diana, Princess of Wales Palliative Care Initiative: Evaluation of the impact of the Palliative Care Initiative on individuals and their families in 3 country programmes in Malawi, Uganda and Kenya
  5. Analysis of best practice for provision of accessible and non stigmatising HIV service for African communities living in Scotland
  6. Assessment of cervical cancer service barriers and facilitators in Malawi (Nkhoma Hospital) and rural Zambia, (Cancer Diseases Hospital, Lusaka)
  7. Developing, and integrating e-resources into Nurse Training curriculum for the College of Nursing Malawi
  8. Project lead for Clinical Pathways Implementation planning for palliative care at Makerere University
  9. Lifelong Medical Education Online in Malawi (CI Professor David Dewhurst) part of team engaged in building in-country capacity to develop and use contextualised digital teaching and learning resources to support undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development of doctors, nurses and clinical officers in Malawi

Faith, Health and Culture:

  • Evaluating the benefits of community-based spiritual care of vulnerable patients following hospital discharge (Scottish Government NES)
  • Global End of Life Care Analysis of best practice and new innovation to improve care

Primary Lead for international palliative care in the Community Health Sciences, Primary Palliative Care Research Group:

The Primary Palliative Care Research Group seeks to understand the experiences of patients with life-limiting illnesses and their carers, and to develop and test best models of care which are:

  • Patient-centred: embracing physical, psychological, social and spiritual issues
  • Comprehensive: for progressive non-malignant conditions as well as cancer
  • Culturally sensitive and internationally relevant
  • And starts from diagnosis of a progressive, life-threatening illness; not restricted to terminal stages

Further Information

Work History

Previous Appointments
1997 - 2001 Community Health Advisor, Community Health Department. PCEA Chogoria Hospital, Meru Province, Kenya. Programme Development and Management. Responsible for instigating and implementing young peoples' health services, circumcision programmes and palliative care services.
2002 - 2005 Research Fellow, Dept of General Practice Grant holder and Research Programme Manager of two Chief Scientist Office, (CSO) Scottish Government funded programmes: 1) Assessing the end of life care needs of South Asians Sikh and Muslim Patients and their families in Scotland, (until 2005) 2) Patient perspectives on spiritual issues and needs, their impact on their health, and suggestions on how such need could be assessed and addressed by the NHS in Scotland.
2004 - 2009 Coordinator Lothian-Zambia HIV/AIDS Partnership NHS Lothian Health Board, facilitating the collaboration of players from NHS Lothian, national NHS agencies, local government, and faith based organisations and the HIV/AIDS voluntary sector; to deliver through clinical and service management visits a range of support services to Zambia including antiretroviral therapy delivery, STI testing, drug resistance research, and clinical treatment pathway planning.
2005-2008 Health Advisor, International Development Team, Scottish Government International Division, (3 days per week secondment from NHS Lothian) Advisor for Scotland's public and private sector health contribution to Malawi through the national Scotland Malawi Cooperation Agreement Health Plan.
2008 - current Senior Lecturer in Population Health Sciences Global Health and Development

Selected grants

  • Strengthening and integrating palliative care into national health systems through a public health primary care approach in 5 African countries to contribute to meeting the targets of MDG goal 6 (THET, 2012-2015) Grant L, Murray SA, Smith P, Fallon M, Wakefield T, Mwangi-Powell F, Kiyange F, Crosby R, Leng M, Downing J & Namukwaya L
  • Case studies of models of delivering palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa. (The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, 2010-2011) Grant L, Leng M, Namukwaya E, Murray SA
  • Improving and integrating hospital and community palliative care in Uganda. (The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, 2010-2012) Leng M, Grant L, Namukwaya E, Murray SA, Downing J, Dunn J (CI University of Makerere)

Selected publications

  • Lombard L1, de St Jorre J, Geddes R, El Ayadi AM, Grant L. Rehabilitation experiences after obstetric fistula repair: Systematic review of qualitative studies Trop Med Int Health. 2015 Jan 31. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12469. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Holeman I, Evans J, Kane D, Grant L, Pagliari C, Weller D. Mobile health for cancer in low to middle income countries: priorities for research and development Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2014 Oct 17. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12250
  • Raji JB, Velavan J, Anbarasi S, Grant L. Can Credit Systems Help in Family Medicine Training in Developing Countries? An Innovative Concept. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care 2014;3(3):183-187. doi:10.4103/2249-4863.141596.
  • Nurmatov UB, Lee SH, Nwaru BI, Mukherjee M, Grant L, Pagliari C. The effectiveness of mHealth interventions for maternal, newborn and child health in low– and middle–income countries: Protocol for a systematic review and meta–analysis. J Glob Health. 2014 Jun;4(1):010407 DOI Link Link
  • Logie D, Grant L, Leng M and Murray SA. Mentoring palliative care staff in low-income countries has benefits for all. EJPC, 2011;18(5).
  • Grant L, Downing J, Namukwaya E, Leng M & Murray SA. Palliative care in Africa since 2005: good progress, but much further to go. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2011 Link
  • Sikasote J, Grant L, Chinn D, Macwangi M & Murray SA. Voluntary counselling and testing for HIV in a Zambian mining community : serial interviews with people testing negative. Sex Transm Infect 2011 doi:10.1136/sti2010.047738. Link
  • Grant L, Brown J, Leng M, Bettega N & Murray SA. Palliative care making a difference in rural Uganda, Kenya and Malawi: three rapid evaluation field studies. BMC Palliative Care 2011;10:8 Link
  • Grant L, Murray SA, Sheikh A. Spiritual dimensions of dying in pluralist societies. BMJ 2010;341:659-662 Link
  • Murray SA, Kendall M, Boyd K, Grant E, Highet G, Sheikh A. Archetypal trajectories of social, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing and distress in family caregivers of patients with lung cancer: secondary analysis of serial qualitative interviews. BMJ 2010;304:c2581. Link
  • Evaluation of the Maua Hospital Community Based Palliative Care Programme in Meru, Kenya Link
  • Evaluation of the Malawi Home Based Palliative Care Charitable Trust in Blantyre Link
  • Evaluation of the Kitovu Mobile Palliative Care Service in Masaka, Uganda Link
  • Summary Report: Evaluation of three funded programmes in Africa
  • Dewhurst D, Borgstein E, Grant E, and Begg M. Online virtual patients - A driver for change in medical and healthcare professional education in developing countries?’, Medical Teacher 2009:31:8,721 — 724
  • Kendall M, Murray SA, Carduff E, Worth A, Harris F, Lloyd A, Cavers D, Grant L, Boyd K, Sheikh A. Use of multiperspective qualitative interviews to understand patients' and carers' beliefs, experiences, and needs. BMJ 2009;339:b4122. Link
  • Murray SA, Kendall M, Carduff E, Worth A, Harris FM, Lloyd A, Cavers D, Grant L, Sheikh A. Use of serial qualitative interviews to understand patients' evolving experiences and needs. BMJ 2009;339:b3702 Link
  • Worth A, Irshad T, Bhopal R, Brown D, Lawton J, Grant E, Murray S, Kendall M, Adam J, Gardee R, Sheikh A. Vulnerability and access to care for South Asian Sikh and Muslim patients with life-limiting illness: prospective longitudinal qualitative study. BMJ 2009;338:b183 doi:10.1136/bmj.b183
  • Grant E, Logie D, Masura M, Gorman D, Murray SA. Factors facilitating and challenging access and adherence to antiretroviral therapy in a township in the Zambian Copperbelt: a qualitative study. AIDS Care 2008;20(10):1155-1160. Link
  • Murray SA, Kendall M, Grant E, Boyd K, Barclay S & Sheikh A. Patterns of social, psychological and spiritual decline toward the end of life in lung cancer and heart failure. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. JPSM 2007; 34(4):393-402. DOI Link
  • Murray SA, Grant E. Dying from cancer in developed and developing countries. In: Ly A and Khayat D. About Cancer in Africa 477-488: from epidemiology to biomedical research applications and perspectives. Paris, Springer, 2006.
  • Murray SA, Grant E, Mwangi-Powell F. Health in Africa - Time to wake up to cancer's toll. BMJ 2005:331:904 Link
  • Grant E, Brown J, Micheni K, Grant A, Manuthu E, Njeru J, "Seizing the Day, Right Time, Right Place, and Right Message for Adolescent Male Reproductive Sexual Health: Lessons from the Meru of Eastern Province Kenya International Journal of Men's Health, Vol. 3, No. 3, September 2004, 189-196.
  • Grant E, Murray SA, Kendall M, Boyd K, Tilley S, Ryan D. Spiritual issues and needs: perspectives from patients with advanced cancer and non-malignant disease. Palliative & Supportive Care, Volume 2, Issue 04, December 2004, pp 371-378 Link
  • Grant E, Murray SA, Grant A, Brown J. A good death in rural Kenya? Listening to Meru patients and their families talk about care needs at the end of life. J Pall Care 2003;19(3):159-67.
  • Murray SA, Grant E, Grant A, Kendall M. Dying from cancer in developed and developing countries: lessons from two qualitative interview studies of patients and their carers. BMJ 2003;326: 368 - 372. Link
  • Brown. E, Micheni K, Grant, E, Mwenda J, Muthiri F, Grant A, varieties of male circumcision: A Study from Kenya. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 28(10)October 2001pp 608-612
  • Johnstone, EC, Abukmeil SS, Byrne M, Clafferty R, Grant E, Hodges A. Edinburgh high risk study - findings after four years. Demographic, attainment and psychopathological issues. Schizophrenia Research 2000 46, 1-15. Link
  • Byrne, M. Clafferty, B.A. Cosway, R. Grant, E. Hodges, A. Neuropsychology, Genetic Liability and the Development of Pyschotic Symptoms in those at High risk of Schizophrenia Sub.Arch General Psychiatry. 2000
  • Byrne, M. Hodges, A. Grant, E. Owens, D.C. Johnstone, E.C. Neuropsychological assessment of young people at high risk for developing schizophrenia compared to controls: preliminary findings of the Edinburgh High Risk Study (EHRS) Psychological Medicine, 1999, 29, 1161-1173
  • Hodges, A. Byrne, M. Grant, E. Johnstone, E.C. Subjects at risk of schizophrenia-sample characteristics of the first 100 cases in the Edinburgh High Risk Study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 1999 174, 547-553 Link

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