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13th January, 2017

From the Editor

We need your help ...

As we enter 2017 we want to improve the Newsletter and develop the Network in ways that are useful to you. To do this, we need your feedback, ideas and suggestions.

Rachael Marsh, a Wessex trainee in public health, has kindly offered to help. She has put together a few questions about both the Newsletter and the Network and we will be sending them to you in a few days time.

It is really important to have as high a response rate as we can, so we would be very grateful if you would take part in the survey. When Rachael piloted the questions she found that on average they took around 4 minutes to complete.

We will let you know the results through the Newsletter. 



Wessex News

  • Geography and the Environment, Southampton, and the WorldPop Project
  • King's Somaliland Partnership 

Wessex Events

  • Presentation evening : Improving Global Health through Leadership Development (15th February)


  • The Poole Africa Link 


  • Webinar : Sustainable Food Systems (23rd January)
  • How can we promote gender equality in rapidly developing cities (25th January)
  • Technology - A silver bullet for the food system? (28th January)
  • Are slum free cities achievable?


  • Avian flu : Situation report and Hampshire
  • Volunteering : Career prospects, inspiring stories
  • UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs : Editor's picks & New Humanitarian Data Services
  • South Sudan : Government calls for peace dialogue
  • Sudan : UN clinics closing for lack of money
  • Haiti : Clean water supplies 
  • Refugees : Freezing temperatures in Greece 
  • Aid : European priorities, distribution changing and Israel cutting back after UN vote
  • El Nino : Latest situation report
  • Humanitarian Emergencies : Mosel Report, Global Emergency Overview (DRC, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen)


  • Faculty of Public Health : International Practitioner Membership


  • Understanding Health Research : On line tool
  • 10 things to know about how to influence policy


  • Lancet Planetary Health : New on line series
  • Hypertension
  • Childhood Development
  • Mental Health
  • Helminthiasis and Schistosomiasis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Malaria
  • Emergency Referral Systems
  • Training and Obstetric and Newborn Care
  • Obstetric Ultrasound
  • Community Health


  • Internship CDC


Events, Learning, Jobs

Wessex News
Geography and the Environment, Southampton

If you would like to find out about some of the things this department does, especially the WorldPop Project, have a look at their Twitter account 


King's Somaliland Partnership

Southampton based Cathy Read is the Lead for this partnership between King's College London and Somaliland. The Partnership produces a regular newsletter, which includes an introduction by Cathy about progress made. 

See the Newsletter 


Wessex Events

Presentation Evening

Improving Global Health through Leadership Development

When  : 15th February, 2017 : 18.15 - 21.00
Where : Health Education Wessex, Southern House, Otterbourne, Winchester

What   : The ‘Improving Global Health through Leadership Development’ programme would like to invite you to attend the next evening event to be held on Wednesday 15 February 2017.

During the evening returned Fellows will give presentations about the project work they were involved in during their placement followed by a question and answer session. Those confirmed to present so far  have recently completed their placements in Samlout, Cambodia; East London, Eastern Cape and George, Western Cape, South Africa.

The evening will start at 6.15pm with a buffet supper where you will have the chance to chat informally with Fellows and other people allied to the programme.  The event will be held at Southern House, Otterbourne, Winchester which is where the programme is run from - please find directions attached or for online directions Click here .

More information and to register to attend : Contact Deborah Watts.



The Poole Africa Link

What is the Poole Africa Link?

The Poole Africa Link was set up in 2009 when a link was formed between Poole hospital NHS foundation Trust and Wau hospital in South Sudan. Teams of 4-6 health care professional would visit for 2-3 weeks at a time.

What is the purpose of the Link?

The objective of these visits was training for doctors, nurses, midwives and student nurses and midwives. Teaching also took place at two of the schools of nursing. The dire conditions in the hospital have improved over the years but the hospital still has no proper running water and drainage and very limited electricity.

How have the troubles in South Sudan affected the link with Wau?

October 2015 saw a change in direction.  Due to the political situation in South Sudan and its effects on Wau,  the scheduled trip was diverted to the town of Lira in Northern Uganda. Lira has a referral hospital,  with 500 beds, and a new University which currently trains midwives.

What happens at Lira?

The team was warmly welcomed by both the hospital and University. The team was impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge base of the students.  Many have worked in health care for some years and want to formalise their experiences and gain a good degree. 

The midwifery course is delivering a very comprehensive curriculum which will include training in additional skills, enabling the midwives to manage without a doctor in clinics in rural Africa. The maternity block is ready to open for outpatients and inpatient care including a facility for caesarean section.

A 16 bed Critical Care area is to be developed and the Poole Africa Link is providing

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some equipment. 

What will the Poole Africa Link do next?

The Link is going to focus its work on Lira and its latest December, 2016 reportoutlines plans for visits this year. 

How does this leave Wau?

Although personal support will continue to be provided to individuals in Wau, the situation there remains too unstable for the type of training support provided by an organisation like the Poole Africa Link. Other NGOs that provide support in conflict situations e.g. the Red Cross, will continue to work there. Reliefweb informationabout population movements gives an indication of the present situation. 

Can the Poole Africa Link provide any help for training South Sudanese staff?

Yes - it could. The political situation is stable in Uganda, the accommodation good and the area generally safer for teams to visit. The government of Uganda is committed to help South Sudan, and the University is very keen for the Poole Africa Link to develop training for both their students and for students from South Sudan.

Would the Poole Africa Link like more help?

Yes. Anyone interested to find out more or to help with this work should contact Hilary Fenton-Harris 

New Events
Ebola: How the World Escaped a Pandemic

When  :19th January, 2017 : 12.30 - 13.30
Where : Chatham House, London

What   : From December 2013, the largest Ebola outbreak in history swept across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, claiming thousands of lives. Within months, the international community predicted a pandemic affecting millions of people and a sustained and coordinated international response was put into place. By this stage, however, the viral outbreak was already in decline.

At this event, the speakers will examine the international community’s relief efforts, and analyse the importance of local expertise and knowledge in combating future epidemics. 

More information 

You might also be interested in ...

Brief report on a Conference on Ebola with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Parliamentarians

World Bank Group Ebola Response Fact Sheet


Sustainable Food Systems

When : 23rd January, 2017 : 17.30 - 18.30 

What  : The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and The Development Team of Future Earth Health KAN invite you to their joint webinar on 'Sustainable Food Systems'. This webinar will be the first in a series for the Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network (KAN).


  • Chair’s Introduction (Alan Dangour, LSHTM)
  • Future Earth Health Knowledge Action Network (Andy Haines, LSHTM)
  • Sustainable and Health Diets in India (Edward Joy, LSHTM)
  • Wildlife Trade for Food (William Karesh, EcoHealth Alliance)
  • The Impacts of Pollinator, Wildlife and Fishery Decline on Human Nutrition (Christopher Golden, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
  • Future Diets – a framework for linking sustainable food systems (Pauline Scheelbeek, LSTHM)
  • Q&A
More information and access the link 

How Can we Promote Gender Equality in Rapidly Developing Cities?

When  : 25th January, 2017 : 15.30 - 15.00
Where : London International Development Centre

What   : The seminar is part of a series run by the London International Development Centre. There are some spaces kept for students not from the London Colleges. 

More information and to register. 

Technology - A Silver Bullet for the Food System?

When  : 28th January, 2017 : 09.30 - 19.00
Where : Royal Veterinary College, London

What  : This is an inaugural public symposium that will bring together academics, students, and professionals from a range of sectors to discuss the role of technology in future food systems. The day will be shaped around three sessions with the broad themes of
  • production
  • processing and distribution 
  • consumption and waste
with a final session being a directed panel debate.

It is being organised by IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching And Learning).

More information and to register
(IFSTAL is a learning community and interactive resource designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system. IFSTAL addresses the urgent need for a workforce skilled in food systems thinking. Those engaging with IFSTAL will be better equipped to address the systemic failings in food systems which have resulted in about one billion people being hungry, two billion lacking sufficient nutrients, and over two billion overweight or obese.)

Are Slum Free Cities Achievable?

When  : 31st January, 2017 : 18.00 - 20.00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : This is the second in the series of the London International Development Centre and Guardian Development Debates and its theme is urbanisation.

More information and to register
Avian Flu Volunteering Let the Network know about your experiences volunteering abroad so that we can share these with Newsletter readers 

UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) 

Editor's Picks

  • 2016 in review
  • December funding update
  • Film : Home - a virtual reality journey to some of the world's worst humanitarian crises
New Humanitarian Data Services
  • Planned by the UN OCHA for October, a new Centre will offer data services, training programmes and more.
South Sudan Sudan Haiti and Water Refugees Aid El Nino
  • Latest Update (Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
Humanitarian Emergencies 
The Faculty of Public Health have introduced a new category of membership - the International Practitioner Membership

It might be of interest to people working in public health outside the UK but want to join the Faculty's international network of public health professionals

Public health professionals outside the UK can apply to become an International Practitioner Member if:

  1. They are not registered as a public health specialist in the UK
  2. They are not eligible for any other FPH membership category (excluding student, associate, distinction and honorary grades of membership)
  3. They are registered as a health professional outside of the UK or have completed relevant training in a country which cannot register you as a health professional.
  4. They have at least 3 years of experience working in core public health

More information and to apply.

Understanding Health Research

Understanding Health Research is a new online tool designed to help the public and patients understand and assess research papers.

It has beeb developed by a collaboration between researchers at the University of Glasgow, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and was funded by the Medical Research Council’s Population Health Science Research Network.

It provides an online resource that walks the user through a series of questions designed to highlight key aspects of research.

First, a set of general questions examines vital issues including whether the paper was peer reviewed and who funded the research. Next, the user is helped through the process of determining what type of research it is, and answers a series of questions specific to the methods being used.... 

Learn more and   

10 things to know about
how to influence policy with research

Research is essential to provide good evidence to inform local, national and international policy that, in turn, has the potential to transform lives for the better.

But influencing policy is neither easy nor automatic – you need to want to do it. To be successful, you need to be open to different ways of working.

This briefing paper by the Overseas Development Institute identifies 10 things you need to know if you want to use research to influence policy.


5 Myths about Cash Transfers


Aid in the form of cash is proven to be effective, efficient and flexible. In the wake of recent media scepticism of direct aid, the Overseas Development Institute offer evidence to debunk some common misconceptions.


Investing in mental health in low-income countries


This research set out to make investing in mental health services realistic and manageable for Low Income Country governments. It found that there were valuable steps that governments can take with limited funding, and suggests and sets out incremental approaches to both investment and service delivery.


Development finance for water resources: trends in the Middle East and North Africa


This report from the Overseas Development Institute explores changes in finance sources and access to water resources finance by Middle East and North African (MENA) countries over the past decade. It concludes that water resources finance has been deprioritised in most territories, and that access to finance is related to progress with institutional and policy reforms. It also makes recommendations. 





Lancet Planetary Health 

The Lancet is launching The Lancet Planetary Health, a new online-only, open access title. 

Planetary health has been defined as the health of the human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends.

We need to think of humanity as one of the key driving forces of global environmental change. We live on a planet that is shaped by the activity of human beings. We have benefited from the exploitation of the natural resources of the environment and this has allowed us to develop, flourish, and to improve our health. But, we have now gone beyond a sustainable limit. The planet we live in is in grave danger. Species are under pressure. The environmental changes to the climate, the water, the land, and ecosystems are challenging life on the Earth with serious implications for our health and wellbeing. The way we think about the planet needs to be revised, and with it the approach we take to interact with it.

This monthly journal is committed to publishing high-quality original Research Articles, Editorials, Comments, and Correspondence that contribute to defining and advancing planetary health worldwide.

More information and to register


Childhood Development  Mental Health 
Helminthiasis and Schistosomiasis Hepatitis C Malaria  Emergency Referral Systems  Training and Obstetric and Newborn Care Obstetric Ultrasound Community Health   



10 week (June - September, 2017), Development Impact (Closing date 20th January, 2017) 

(CDC is the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) and wholly owned by the UK Government)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Medical Entomology- (Based in Benin)(Closing date 17th January, 2017) 

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