The Social Science & Health Innovation for Tuberculosis (SSHIFTB) is a virtual global community of practice connecting critical and applied scholars, advocates and learners from a range of disciplines, institutions and settings to increase our collective visibility, collaboration and impact.

The mission of the centre is to connect social science TB scholars, trainees, and advocates from a range of disciplines, institutions, and settings, coalesce efforts and elevate the social science gaze on TB. We draw on six broad themes to situate social science inquiry in TB and to enable viewers to navigate this virtual space 1) Experiences and Relations, 2) Ethics and Rights, 3) Technology and Devices, 4) Strategies and Policies, 5) Structures and System, and 6) Co-morbidities and Syndemics.

The hope is that SSHIFTB will stimulate new thinking around practices and interventions to address the social and sociomedical aspects of TB, as well as reduce duplication of efforts. By leveraging the virtual space, we actively seek to include ideas and researches from around the world.

Seed funding to support SSHIFTB was granted by the Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research (DIGHR).

Vision

Tuberculosis is the world’s leading infectious disease killer. Despite investments in research and programming, major declines in incidence or mitigation of its social impacts remain to be seen. Particular countries and populations are immensely, and inequitably, affected. TB has long been recognized as a social disease. Responses to TB, however, seldom adhere to this framing.

The SSHIFTB Centre seeks to change this rhetoric. We connect people who arrive at the problem of TB from a range of disciplines, institutions, and settings around the world to inspire new (and nuanced) thought and social innovation, and we invite persons with lived experience to join the dialogue. We recognize the geographies and disciplines which may separate our team, with a view to interrogate and dispense with those boundaries and distinctions, rather harnessing them as a force for transdisciplinary transformative action.

In this virtual space, TB is situated as a social disease, with innumerable drivers, constructions, implications, and consequences. As with the process of much social science inquiry, the mission and scope of the Centre will evolve through the lens, voice, and situation of those who come to be involved, complexities and divergences therein, and the ongoings of our exigent worlds. In its early stages, the Centre will serve as a repository of people, projects, news, and resources to inspire ideas and facilitate partnerships. In coming stages, we will host commentaries, events, and dedicate funds to stimulate scholarly or advocacy outputs that complement the efforts of others working in TB.

Leadership


The idea behind SSHIFTB developed through the initial vision and effort of Amrita, Nora and Jeremiah. Our work is largely situated in the social sciences and TB.

Amrita Daftary Assistant Professor, School of Global Health, York UniversityFounder, Social Sciences Health and Innovation for Tuberculosis (SSHIFTB)Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York UniversityCentre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) projects
Nora Engel Associate Professor, Department of Health, Ethics & Society, Maastricht UniversityFounder, Social Sciences Health and Innovation for Tuberculosis (SSHIFTB) projects
Jeremiah Chikovore Senior Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research CouncilFounder, Social Sciences Health and Innovation for Tuberculosis (SSHIFTB) projects

Contact


Angela Chen Program Officer, SSHIFTB Centre, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University
Address

Dahdaleh Institute
for Global Health Research

York University
Suite 2150
Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building
88 The Pond RD
Toronto, ON M3J 2S5

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SSHIFTB Updates


Launching SSHIFTB on World TB Day 2021
SSHIFTB had its foundational meeting on March 12, 2021, bringing together 25+ TB scholars and advocates from 15+ countries to inaugurate a virtual centre focussed on social science TB research.† The mission of [ ... ]
SSHIFTB Foundational Meeting Posted on
SSHIFTB had its foundational meeting just shy of World TB Day 2021, bringing together 25+ TB scholars and advocates from 15+ countries to inaugurate [ ... ]
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