Dr Rachael Thomson

Director, CouNTDown

Rachael Thomson is a Senior Programme Manager at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). She is currently working on the DFID funded COUNTDOWN research programme which has a focus on neglected tropical diseases. COUNTDOWN is dedicated to investigating cost-effective, scale-up and sustainable solutions, necessary to control and eliminate the seven most common Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2020. She manages the DFID funded research programme of neglected topical diseases in Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia and Nigeria.

She also works as Co Investigator for the NORAD funded Triage 2 project Involving informal providers as gatekeepers for respiratory treatment in Sudan and Malawi.

Previous work at LSTM has been Co-investigator on the DFID/ MRC PHIND grant Understanding Child marriage in Sudan, providing technical assistance to Triage partners on health systems and policy. She was also the Focal Point for the STOP TB Partnership Subgroup on TB and Poverty and Research Manager of TREAT TB, a USAID funded multi-partner collaboration that focuses on impact and scale up of new MDR drugs.

Much of her work involves Proposal development and submission, capacity building for junior researchers on liaising with stakeholders, interacting with policy makers and producing and submitting papers and briefs and liaising with donors and partners on current projects including reporting and policy dissemination.

Her areas of focus are programme management, Health policy, International public health, applied health research and Health System Strengthening.