Glaxo Smith Klein has announced a new scholarship fund to support the training and development of the next generation of leaders in global health, and strengthen the capacity of health systems in Africa.
Thirty new scholarships will be awarded over ten years to students from sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to a Kshs 167 million (£1.3 million) gift to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from GSK. In a quote, a GSK representative said, “our commitment to Africa has a strong focus on capability development. GSK’s academic investments focus on building local scientific, technical, manufacturing, and public health skills and capabilities in order to strengthen local healthcare capacity. The Sir Andrew Witty GSK Scholarships open to scholars in Kenya, will support this commitment by empowering future generations of African global health leaders”.
The Sir Andrew Witty GSK Scholarships recognize retired CEO Sir Andrew’s commitment to addressing health challenges in Africa.
Scholars will study in London towards a one-year Master’s degree on a health topic, such as infectious disease control or global mental health, at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a world-leading centre for research and post-graduate education. Tuition fees and a tax-free living allowance will be funded by GSK. The programmes on offer include Control of Infectious Diseases, Global Mental Health, Health Policy Planning & Financing, Immunology of Infectious Diseases and even Reproductive & Sexual Health Research.