The ongoing establishment of The Global Health Network's 'COVID-19 Working Groups' aims to address the discussion and gather consensus on the emerging COVID-19 research gaps across low-resource settings. This working group is set up to work around ways to enable better disease characterisation.

Researchers from across the globe working or wanting to work in disease characterisation have come together in this group to discuss ideas, form collaborations, access funding as well as share outputs and resources that others can use. There is so much experience that can be applied here - let's use that to help this immediate need to supporting research everywhere there are cases, now!

On the 22nd May, The Global Health Network supported the first virtual meeting for the ‘Diseases Characterisation Open Working Group’. The meeting was organised in response to questions raised in our recent COVID-19 workshops which highlighted the need for greater discussion of the impact that COVID-19 pandemic might have around COVID-19 disease characterisation, specifically the implications for co-infection, immunology, etc.

Over 74 people registered to be members of this group and 34 attended the first team meeting from 20 different countries, shown below:

Current work:

Following this first meeting, suggested starting points to work on were:

1) Use this WG as an opportunity to work/study data together and escape the situation of several poorly resourced, similar, weak studies being done with little amount of data.

2) Creation and possible publication of guidelines on:

  • How might disease characterisation studies be designed for community settings?
  • Orienting the consent process and sampling during studies considering COVID-19 situation and the precautions needed.

Discussion Forum

A discussion forum is available here for members of this Working Group to communicate


 Here you are able to find all the working documents from the different WGs for you to comment on:


How to become part of this WG?

If you are interesting please register here and we will be in touch!

We look forward to hearing back from you and hope we can work together to support a strong and equitable global research response during this Pandemic