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11th August, 2017 

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19th August :
World Humanitarian Day 

  • Road Traffic Accidents in Oman
  • A Chance to Meet Ithiel Korkor Zortovie 
  • The law, regulation, public health and sugar 
  • Inside Evidence-Based Health Care : Evidence and Policy Making (11th September)
  • Disasters Conference : Learning from the past 40 years (14th September)
  • Cancer Control in Low and Middle Income Countries (2nd October) 
  • Short Term Volunteering : Does it do more harm than good? (11th October) 
  • DfID Health Partnership Scheme 
  • NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Programme
  • Highlights from the UN Office for the UN OCHA
  • WHO Public Health Roundup
  • Disaster protection and Insurance
  • DfID and Cash Transfers
  • Essential Medicines
  • UK economic measures to support Africa
  • Nigeria food crisis
  • South Sudan : Humanitarian Bulletin & senate calls for action
  • Uganda and South Sudanese refugees
  • Somalia and drought response
  • Yemen : Aid access and cholera
  • Syria : Situation report
  • Mosul : situation report
  • Far East and Cambodia and poverty reduction
  • HIV/AIDs : Decline in deaths but increase in drug resistance
  • Public Health Award 

  • Hepatitis 
  • Yemen and what it is really like for children
  • Asia and Far East monsoons infographic 
  • SDGs and resources needed
  • Universal health coverage
  • Patient safety and medication related harm 
  • Threats from out of date stockpiles of pharmaceuticals
  • Thailand strategic plan for antimicrobial resistance 
  • Ghana and low birthweight outcomes
  • TB : Rapid molecular diagnostic testing & Decentralising care for multidrug resistance

  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • SEED Madagascar
  • Save the Children
  • Development Initiatives 





Road Traffic Accidents 
On Monday 7th August, Sabu Padmadas, Professor of Global Health in Southampton, welcomed Dr Abdullah Al Miniri, Director of Research and Planning at Oman Medical Specialty Board, with whom he has been involved in research. Dr Miniri talked about the historical trends of road traffic accidents (RTAs) in Oman and included an overview of recent literature on their epidemiology. 

Around 45% of the population of Oman are not from Oman. 84% of the expats are male, most of whom are of young working age. The country has enjoyed significant improvements in its health in recent years and life expectancy is now 78. However, the rise in the number of cars has been associated with RTAs becoming the most important cause for the country, particularly in the young. The main problem is travelling at high speed. 

With leadership coming from the Sultan, the country is taking a safe system approach to reduce RTAs and associated deaths. There continues to be an increasing need for good data and Dr Miniri will be continuing to lead the research needed and find ways to address the issue of driver behaviour related to speed. 
A Chance to Meet Ithiel Korkor Zortovie 

When  : Wednesday 16th August, 2017, from 17.30 
Where : University of Winchester

What   : Ithiel Korkor Zortovie is a Lecturer at the Kintampo College of Health,Ghana, and teaches on the two courses that the (Wessex) Kintampo Project set up. 

She is coming to the end of a Masters course in mental health at the University of Glasgow and is visiting Winchester prior to returning to Ghana.

The evening of 16th August will be an opportunity to meet Ithiel informally in a small group setting and hear about her work before she returns to Ghana.
There will also be an opportunity to meet and hear about the work of Emmanuel Ofori, who is studying at the University of Winchester for a doctorate in education and is a senior staff member at the Kintampo College.  

All are welcome and anyone interested in attending should contact Colin Coles (colin.coles@winchester.ac.uk) for more details about where the meeting is being held. 



How to get £14 back on an investment of £1

The systematic review by the New National Institute for Health Research of 52 studies found that public health interventions may offer society a return on investment of £14 for each £1 spent. The study was of high income countries. Notable, however, was the finding that one of the highest returns on investment came from legislation on sugar taxes

Mexico's Sugar War 

The relationship between obesity and diabetes in Mexico is stark. Each year diabetes leads to 
  • 75,000 amputations
  • 98,000 deaths
Being overweight affects
  • 7 in 10 adults
  • 1/3 of schoolchildren
1 in 3 Mexican children is expected to develop diabetes in their lifetime.

Public health challenges : These include incomprehensible food labels, marketing of junk food to children, unhealthy school food , lack of universal access to potable water and a culture of excessive intake of sugar sweetened drinks. 

Community action : A Mexican consumer rights organisation, El Poder del Consumidor and Cacto Productions have produced a documentary "Sweet Agony : The Toll of Junk Food which highlights the sad story of a 45 year old bus driver who ate junk food, drank 3 -4 cokes a day, became diagnosed with diabetes, suffered amputations and sold his family assets to pay for dialysis. 

Sugar Tax 

The film goes on to describe the introduction of the peso per litre tax (around 10%) on sugar sweetened drinks and industry efforts to censor information campaigns and lobby toe block the bill. 

During the first year of the tax in 2014 Mexican households reduced purchases of taxed beverages by 6% and increased water consumption by 4%. The tax is projected to prevent 189,300 new cases of Type-2 diabetes and yield healthcare savings of around £759 million. 

Watch Sweet Agony at http://www.sweetagony.org

The Role of Law in improving the Public's Health - Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the role of the law in relation to public health, together with the ethics associated with this, then the recently published "Public Health Law: Ethics, Governance and Regulation"  might be of interest. This places law and regulation at the heart of public health and sees both being fundamental to methods of achieving public health goals and to constraints that may be put on public health activity.

Written by John Coggon (until recently at University of Southampton and involved in Wessex Public Health Training), Keith Syrett and AM Viens it is published by Routledge (ISBN 9781 1387 90780).
(The information on Mexico has been reproduced from an article in Public Health Today (Summer 2017), the magazine of the UK Faculty of Public Health.) 


Inside Evidence-Based Health Care:
Evidence and policymaking

When  : 11th September, 2017 : 18.15
Where : The event is a webinar based in Oxford 
Web    : This event can be joined on line. 

What  : This event is part of Oxford's postgraduate programme on Evidence Based Health Care, It can be attended in person or on line. 

More information 

Disasters Conference :
Learning from the past 40 years 

When  : 14th September, 2017 : 09.30 - 18.00 
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London 
Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line 

What   : This one-day conference bringing together scholars and experts from many countries to discuss how studies of disasters have evolved over the past 40 years and the implications for policy and practice.

As the world continues to face large-scale disasters and crises, it is critical that we review progress in reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience. The conference takes lessons from the past 40 years to re-evaluate current frameworks for prevention and response and draw up a forward-looking agenda for disaster studies.

More information 

Cancer Control in Low and Middle Income Countries

When  : 2nd October, 2017 : 08.30 - 17.00
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London 

What   : The majority of cancer deaths globally are in low and middle income countries. This one day event will address some of the causes which lead to the disparities in cancer outcomes internationally. An expert panel will discuss future strategies to improve global cancer control, research opportunities and the positive contribution being made by UK collaborations with low and middle income countries. To contribute to this discussion book your place today.  

More information 

Short Term Volunteering : Does it do more harm than good? 

When  : 11th October, 2017 
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : This is the fourth in the LIDC/Guardian Panel Debate series discussion key issues in international development. 

More information 

DfID Funding:
Health Partnership Scheme

There has been a gap in DfID funding for the Health Partnership Scheme, which was administered by the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET). It looks as though further funding will become available for administration by THET, but for a limited number of countries.

Criteria are still being developed. More information will published in the Newsletter as soon as it is available. 


NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation
Research Fellowship Programme

Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMRF) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

Closing Date : 14th September. 

More information about NIHR Funding and Support 
UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs 

Editor highlights include 
WHO Public Health 

Roundup includes 
  • Yemen & cholera 
  • Ebola and DRC
  • Gonnorrhea : More prevention and new drugs needed 
  • Sunbeds 
  • New ethics for public health surveillance 
Disaster Protection and Insurance 
DfId and Cash Transfers  Essential Medicines Africa  Nigeria South Sudan Uganda  Somalia Yemen  Syria Mosul  Iraq  Far East and Cambodia  HIV/AIDS           but  
Public Health Award
  • David McCoy receives Humanitarian Award of the Faculty of Public Health. David is Professor of Global Public Health at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University London. He is also Director of Medact and involved in the People's Health Movement


World Hepatitis Day was on 28th July. 

WHO has recently produced its World Hepatitis Report, 2017, which provides a wide range of details about hepatitis. In summary, viral hepatitis is a major public health challenge that requires an urgent response.

The disease caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, a number comparable to annual deaths caused by tuberculosis and higher than those caused by HIV.

While mortality from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria is now declining, mortality caused by viral hepatitis is on the rise. The report provides guidance on how to reverse this alarming trend, describing a number of high-impact interventions and opportunities for their scaled-up implementation.

Whilst treatments have greatly improved, access to affordable care is disturbingly low,  

See also a review by Devex

Yemen - What it is really like for children at the moment 

Photos from the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Asia and the Far East 

Monsoons and Displacement : Infographic from the UNOCHA 

SDGs and Finance

Financing transformative health systems towards achievement of the health Sustainable Development Goals: a model for projected resource needs in 67 low-income and middle-income countries (The Lancet Global Health)

All roads lead to universal health coverage (The Lancet global Health : Comment) 

Financing health systems to achieve the health Sustainable Development Goals(The Lancet Global Health : Comment) 


The third global patient safety challenge: tackling medication-related harm (Editorial, WHO Bulletin) 

Threats posed by stockpiles of expired pharmaceuticals in low- and middle-income countries: a Ugandan perspective (WHO Bulletin) 

Antimicrobial resistance: from global agenda to national strategic plan, Thailand(WHO Bulletin) 

Ghana and low birthweight outcomes 

A cohort study of low birth weight and health outcomes in the first year of life, Ghana(WHO Bulletin) 


The impact of the roll-out of rapid molecular diagnostic testing for tuberculosis on empirical treatment in Cape Town, South Africa (WHO Bulletin) 

Decentralized care for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis (WHO Bulletin) 


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine  SEED Madagascar Save the Children  Development Initiatives  UNAids 

Global Evidence Summit 

When  : 13 - 16 September, 2017
Where : Cape Town, South Africa

What   : See Network website 

RSTMH Medal Winners Event

When  : 13th September, 2017 17.00 - 20.00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

What   : See Network website 
Complex thinking and non-communicable disease prevention

When  : 14th September, 2017 : 10.00 - 18.00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : See Network website 
Towards Global Citizenship 

When  : 15th September, 2017 
Where : R. Col. Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow 

What   : See Network website 
RSTMH Topics in Infection 

When  : 29.9.17 - 1.10.17 
Where : Moshi, Tanzania 

What   : See Network website 

The Challenge of Child Refugees 

When  : 17th October, 2017 
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London 

What   : See Network website 
Annual Conference : Tropical Health Education Trust 

When  : 23rd - 25th October, 2017
Where : Resource for Health, London 

What   : See Network website 
Christmas Lecture : Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

When  : 13th December, 2017 : 17.15 - 19.00 
Where : Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 

What   : See Network website

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