The Indigo School will produce doctoral-level graduates who have the ability to address health problems using a systems framework, utilising interdisciplinary research to provide an evidence-base that indicates practice and policy-relevant action to improve the effectiveness of public health services, particularly in Africa. By developing the interface between biological science, social sciences and public health, the programme seeks to create more effective and efficient platforms for service delivery, in the context of the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS and other serious health problems.
The programme’s distinctive contribution is to strengthen genuine interdisciplinary capacity, rather than to pursue solutions along multiple, albeit sometimes interlocking, disciplinary pathways. Indigo seeks to enable partners in the global South to become Regional Centres of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Health Research, producing research leaders who will develop the evidence base for health systems capable of developing and implementing effective treatment strategies and technologies. Over a ten year period the infrastructure and skills for running Indigo will be developed in each of four African partner universities, enabling Indigo to become a totally Africa-based school.
Indigo Students at TCD 2009: (left to right) Amarech Obse, Vincent Jumbe, Richard Mugambe and Camille Boostrom