LMIC Research Council

LMIC Research Council

The Low and Middle Income Country Research Council was welcomed as an ISPAH council in 2019. The aims of the LMIC Research Council are to strengthen research capacity, promote collaboration within and between members, to advance the science and provide a platform for dissemination of quality outputs to direct advocacy for and inform policy in physical activity in LMIC settings.

LMIC carry the largest burden from non-communicable diseases. In 2018, NCDs were the cause of 71% of all deaths worldwide (n=41 million deaths). Fifteen million of which were premature (between the ages of 30 and 69 years) and of these premature deaths, 85% occurring in LMICs. Physical activity is one of the major risk factors for NCDs.

A key component of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals is to reduce one-third of premature mortality by 2030 through improving population levels of physical activity.  To achieve this global policy target requires research, dissemination and advocacy in LMIC settings to assist policy makers by providing evidence and tools for better-informed decisions.

The ISPAH LMIC Research Council will:
  • Contribute to advancing the science in relation to physical activity research in LMIC: we will facilitate training opportunities and international and trans-disciplinary collaborations to accelerate this scientific advancement.
  • Contribute to evidence-informed advocacy: support the generation of rigorous and robust evidence base to inform the formulation of public health guidelines in LMIC.
  • Support practice of physical activity promotion: facilitate the application of evidence-based, policy-relevant, and contextually-appropriate initiatives in encouraging physical activity in LMIC
  • Contribute to education: provide input into the biannual ISPAH Congress and associated workshops; training courses endorsed by ISPAH; online webinars; and teaching materials.
  • Build capacity: foster the development of early and mid-career researchers and practitioners by developing a mentoring/coaching scheme; create a database of expertise in physical activity in LMIC; contributing to the ISPAH newsletter and; networking events and opportunities for international collaboration.

Joining the Council

You can select to join The LMIC Research Council when joining or renewing your ISPAH membership. If you are already an ISPAH member and would like to join the council, you can do so from your membership dashboard.
Nana Anokye
Nana is the Director of Research at the Department of Clinical Sciences within the College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel University London.