The Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group (CDPRG) is a multidisciplinary team within the Department of Global Health & Development in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.The Group is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and conducts research across the SE Asia region, and beyond. It provides a focus of expertise on the diverse public health problems associated with communicable disease control internationally and carries out research that is in support of and for policy reform.

Prof Richard Coker with Prof Vonthanak Saphonn, Rector of UHS, Cambodia. He is accepting a Memorandum of Understanding between UHS and LSHTM on behalf of Prof Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM. May 2015. 

Congratulations to Richard Coker who has received a confirmed letter from the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, for his Adjunct Professor position. 

Prof Richard Coker's talk session "Challenges to TB Control: Lessons from the field"at Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University,  on 24 September 2014

Jointly organised by:

1. Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group (CDPRG), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

2. Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University 

Video on "Research in Cambodia and Indonesia protects the world from disease threats"

Interview with Dr. James Rudge about his team's research in Cambodia and Indonesia.

Video on "Influenza: Preparing for the next pandemic"

Tom Drake and Prof Richard Coker discuss pandemic influenza mitigation measures as they affect Southeast Asia, a region considered by many to be the front line of any future battle against the disease.



8 January 2016

Paper entitled "Factors associated with the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in adults: a systematic review" has been published in Journal of Public Health.

May P. S. Yeung, Frank L.Y. Lam, and Richard Coker authored the paper entitled "Factors associated with the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in adults: a systematic review", which has been published in Journal of Public Health, doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv194.


Background Studies on different populations have shown that a variety of factors influence attitudes and decision in the general population on vaccine uptake. This study explores factors associated with the uptake of influenza vaccination among adults. Methods A systematic literature review was performed on literature searched in databases EMBASE, MEDLINE, Cochrane Library and Electronic Theses Online Service up until November 2013. A critical appraisal framework was designed to assess the methodological quality of the studies. Results Twenty-three articles met the inclusion criteria and were selected for outcome analysis and 21 were quantitative observational studies. Advancement in age (OR 1.06–23.7) and having chronic diseases (OR 1.38–13.7) were strongly indicative of vaccine uptake. Perceptions on vaccine efficacy (OR 2.7–10.55) and vaccine safety and adverse events (OR 10.5) were more influential than the level of knowledge on influenza and its vaccination. Advice from doctors/health professionals/family and/or close friends and free vaccination were also key factors in association with uptake of vaccination. Conclusions This review highlighted the finding that perception on vaccine efficacy, perception on vaccine safety and adverse events, advice from doctors/health professionals/family/close friends and free vaccination are changeable factors that are strongly associated with influenza vaccination in adults aged 18–64. The paper is available online here.