Welcome to LSTM’s first digital Donor Report. Please scroll through to read the latest updates.
As recent events have shown, global pandemics do not respect geographical boundaries, and a globally focused effort is needed to combat them. With the support of our donors, LSTM is able to play a key role in this global response:
For an organisation like LSTM, deploying our resources where we can, to support the fight against COVID-19, is our civic and moral duty.
- Clinical staff at LSTM have been redeployed to support frontline efforts around the world, including in Liverpool’s NHS hospitals.
- Our researchers have been at the forefront of the development and validation of rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19, including a partnership with Mologic on an antibody test which was developed for manufacture in the UK and in Dakar, Senegal.
- In partnership with Pfizer, we are testing a potential vaccine for COVID-19-related pneumonia, using a pioneering novel technique developed at LSTM.
- LSTM was selected as one of the UK sites for Phase III of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, the biggest phase III trial site outside Oxford, recruiting 900 participants. Initial data points to the vaccine having currently has an efficacy up to 90%. Unlike other vaccine candidates, it does not need extreme cold storage to be transported. AstraZeneca and Oxford have pledged that the first phase of distribution will be on a not-for-profit basis, therefore enabling access globally.
- LSTM’s 3D printers were repurposed to produce up to 80 face shields a day for frontline NHS workers.
- LSTM alumni around the world are playing their part to tackle COVID-19, including alumnus Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah (MSc Community Health, 1989), former Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation, who is leading Ghana’s national response.
Response and Resilience Fund
In April, LSTM launched the COVID-19 Response and Resilience Fund to raise vital funds to support critical COVID-19 research at LSTM and to provide essential equipment for the frontline response in Malawi. This included the installation of an Oxygen Plant at Malawi’s Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital the first of its kind in the country.
With the help and support of our donors in the UK, alongside local donors, and businesses in Malawi, we were able to raise an additional £197,000.
160 staff and friends of LSTM raised £11,700 by participating in our ‘Race to Malawi’ event. Teams were challenged to walk, jog or cycle the equivalent of 8,268km from Liverpool to Malawi by collectively logging their daily (socially distanced) exercise.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everybody who made a gift to this campaign and helped to make a huge difference.
We understand the value of an LSTM education – not just to individual students, but their colleagues with whom they share their knowledge, and the wider communities they serve. With the support of our donors, we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals; the people who will lead the frontline response during the next public health crisis. The skills they learn are as relevant in Merseyside as they are in Malawi and they go on to achieve remarkable things.
The Merit Scholarships programme, launched in 2018, has enabled many talented students to undertake study with a full or partial scholarship and have expanded these to support students studying around the world on our blended MSc Global Health programme.
The result of over six years’ research to identify and locate previously unseen artworks created secretly and kept hidden by British servicemen during WWII Far East captivity.
The “Secret Art of Survival” project has been such a success thanks largely to your generous support. Not only did you help to underpin grants by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other funders, and some of you lent works for the exhibition and helped to spread the word.
We simply could not have done it without you!
Despite the eight-month run being curtailed after only four months, due to the lockdown, by mid-March visits to the Secret Art of Survival had exceeded 12,000. In fact, the exhibition was on course to be the most successful temporary exhibition Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum had hosted.
Exhibition moves online
In March, due to COVID-19, we unfortunately had no choice but to close the exhibition and cancel relating events.
However, harnessing the theme of ‘resilience’, this summer we undertook a huge task to move the exhibition online. This is great news for those who could not make it to the gallery in person.
You will find a 360-video tour and close ups of never before seen artwork in our thought-provoking exhibition.
Philanthropy can play a role where traditional funding may not, allowing us to take risks and support some of the truly innovative, rebellious, and original ideas which could be the ones to catalyse real change.
2020 marked the graduation of the first cohort of HiVE Pioneers in Ghana. HiVE (Health Innovation in a Virtual Environment) is a pioneering virtual incubator aimed at clinicians, researchers and entrepreneurs to develop and test new ideas for health. HiVE helps to bridge the skills gap to take ideas from initial ‘spark’ to more polished proposal and a route to more traditional accelerators and funding opportunities.
Making a difference together
Your support plays a key role in LSTM’s bold and ambitious plans. Philanthropy will allow us to do things which traditional funding streams will not. The difference it makes is huge; enabling us to seed and accelerate new ideas and to leverage additional support. We are all invested in creating a healthier future for everyone.
Together we can create an outstanding training experience wherever our students are in the world, educate the most talented individuals regardless of their background, and spearhead pioneering research that will benefit humanity, worldwide.
To find out more about how you can support us, please visit www.lstmed.ac.uk/fundraising