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16th June, 2017

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  • Green Ward Competition in Southampton
  • Our man at the International Federation of Surgical Colleges
  • South Sudan Medical Journal : Latest edition now out
  • Precision in cluster sample surveys (5th July) 
  • Mobile phone date and patterns of poverty (2nd August) 
  • International Federation of Surgical Colleges and the WHA Conference
  • UN Mandate on Human Rights and the Environments : 19th June
  • Building resilience for Arica's urban future 22nd June
  • Innovation and Sustainability : RCP Psych Sustainability Scholarship Programme26th July
  • Early Childhood Development : Deadline 21st June
  • World Health Assembly
  • United Nations Association
  • UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • DfID
  • EuropAid
  • UK Charities
  • Climate Change
  • Water
  • Oceans
  • South Africa and drought
  • Sudan and cholera
  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia
  • Yemen
  • Refugees
  • Disasters and Maps
  • Ebola
  • Ophthalmology

  • Malnutrition
  • Fistulae
  • Surgery
  • Extracts on quality from the Bulletin of WHO
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Malaria
  • Air pollution
  • Sharing data and benefits of public health surveillance
  • UK overseas aid boosting UK economy and jobs
  • Statelessness and International Development
  • Healthcare inequality between countries grows
  • Sierra Leone Response to Ebola Outbreak
  • Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Antibiotic resistance and global food chain
  • Why communicating in local languages is important
  • Development Impact Bonds

  • Centre for Sustainability and Health
  • Concordis International
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Streetchild


Wessex News

Green Ward Competition Kicks Off at
University Hospital Southampton


Teams from the Urology Day Unit, Therapy Services and Acute Medical Unit joined individual workshops run by Centre for Sustainable Healthcare on 25th May and three more teams will be doing the same. 

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is running the Green Ward Competition at University Hospital Southampton as part of its behaviour change programme that is run in-house with the support of Low Carbon Europe.
International Federation of Surgical Colleges and World Health Association Meeting, May 2017

The President of the International Federation of Surgical Colleges (IFSC). is Bob Lane. Bob lives near Winchester and used to work as a surgeon in Wessex. He attended the recent meeting of the WHA in Geneva on behalf of the IFSC and presented a report to a technical group at the meeting. 

See Feature Item for more information

South Sudan Medical Journal 

The latest edition of the South Sudan Medical Journal is now available. 

It includes and more. 

Wessex Events

Bayesian assessment of precision in
nationally representative cluster sample surveys

When  :  5th July, 2017 : 12.00 - 13.00
Where :  Room 1087, Building 44, Highfield, University of Southampton

What   : This is one of the monthly meetings organised by the Applied Spacial Modelling Group at Southampton University. This event will lead by Jeremiah Nieves.

Jeremiah is a Postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Geography at the University.  His work includes being part of an international and interdisciplinary team involved in more general population modelling methods, research and applications of population data and spatial machine learning within the WorldPop group (www.worldpop.org).

His research interests include populations, spatio-temporal uncertainty, healthcare access disparities, network analysis, spatial modelling, and spatial analysis

Bring your own lunch. More information from Jessica Steele
August meeting of the Applied Spacial Modelling Group 

This will be on 2nd August at 12.00, when Jessica Steele will present on "Mobile phone data explain general patterns in poverty at high-resolution across multiple settings" 

and the World Health Organisation

What is the IFSC? : It is a Federation of Surgical Colleges, Associations and Societies worldwide. It was founded in 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden, though it is now based at the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain in London. Its websitehas many useful links related to surgery abroad.  

What does it do? It aims to act as a voice for World Surgery on problems of common interest. Early on it produced with WHO guidance about good surgical practices. With developments in surgery he emphasis is now on the advancement of surgery in developing countries by promoting standards of excellence in surgical care, education, training and research.

What does this mean in practice? : Much of its work is in sub-Saharan Africa where the needs are greatest. It has run 109 skills courses in sub-Saharan Africa, trained a totla of 1,879 participants which include 428 trainers, 768 trainees and 683 theatre nurses. 

How have its connections with WHO developed? : In 2015 its efforts culminated at the World Health Association (WHA) in Geneva when a Resolution was unanimously passed on “Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage

What happened this year? At the meeting of the WHA association in May 2017 its President, Robert Lane from Wessex, presented a report on progress to the Technical and Programmatic Working Meeting  at the World Health Assembly,  2017.

Find out more : If you would like to find out more, then contact Bob Lane

UN Mandate on Human Rights and the Environment 

When  : 19th June, 2017 : 18.00 - 17.30
Where : Khalili Lecture Theatre, Russell Square, London

What   : Professor John Knox is the first Independent Expert on human rights and the environment and was appointed in 2012 by the UN Human Rights Council. His mandate is to clarify the application of human rights law to environmental issues. He has issued a series of reports identifying procedural and substantive human rights obligations relating to the environment.

In 2015, the Council extended his mandate for another three years, changed his title to Special Rapporteur, and requested that he promote implementation of the obligations. Knox is currently preparing his final report to the Council, which will set out guiding principles on the relationship of human rights and the environment. He will be talking about his work. 

More information 

Building resilience for Africa’s urban future

When  : 22nd June, 2017 : 12.30 - 14.00
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London 
Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line

What   : In 2016, African ministers endorsed a more holistic and forward-looking disaster risk reduction agenda.  African towns and cities face unique challenges, with limited financial resources, fragmented urban governance, tense relations with national governments, and large infrastructure deficits.

This event considers the implications of new research on the nature, scale and distribution of risk in sub-Saharan Africa for urban policies and governance. Our expert panel discusses entry points for building resilience when local government is weak or unresponsive and the possibility of planning urban development to better account for risk today and into the future.

More information 

Innovation and Sustainability - How to Make it Happen
RCPsych Sustainability Scholarship Programme

When  : 26th July, 2017
Where : Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

What   : The event will focus on the highly successful RCPsych Sustainability Scholarship Programme which has enabled trainees to develop leadership and quality improvement skills; make innovative and sustainable changes in mental healthcare; collaborate across the healthcare and sustainability workforce and work at both an applied and strategic level to integrate sustainability into mental health care.

There will be speakers from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and of course the trainees themselves. Talks will include descriptions of the trainees’ projects e.g. models of care and green space interventions, priorities of the RCPsych Sustainability Committee, how to set up a sustainability scholarship/fellowship and how they work for different organisations.
There will be time for some lively discussion and lunch, provided at the RCPsych.

Programme for the day 

If you would like to join us please send an e-mail before the 19th July to:



The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based and overseas researchers and their partners, particularly in the Global South, to develop projects related to Early Childhood Development. This call is part of a new round of research opportunities offered by the British Academy as part of funding received from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in partnership with the Department for International Development (DfID). Awards are of 18 months in duration.

The value of the award is set at a maximum of £350,000. Funding can be used to support the time of the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators involved in directing the project, postdoctoral research assistance, travel, fieldwork and related expenses, and networking costs. Awards are funded on a full economic costs basis of 100%, to include university costs in hosting and supporting the research team.

Deadline 21st June, 2017. 

More information and to apply 

World Health Assembly 
(Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health and then Minister of Foreign Affairs.)
United Nations Association (UNA)
UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs 
UK Charities
Climate Change 
South Africa 
Sudan and Cholera
South Sudan
Disasters and Maps
A Guide to Sharing the Data and Benefits
of Public Health Surveillance 

Sharing public health surveillance data improves and protects public health. It will be an essential element in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 3 – to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. 

The principles in this guide have been developed through a series of expert roundtables and consultations, and their release supports the May 2016 call to share public health surveillance data, issued by the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) on behalf of experts convened by Chatham House. 

The Guide to Sharing the Data and Benefits of Public Health Surveillance has been developed as part of the Chatham House Centre

UK Overseas Aid Boosts UK Economy and Jobs

A Briefing Paper by the Overseas Development Institute draws on an econometric analysis of the impact of European Union development assistance on the EU economy and job creation, this briefing details how, in 2014, UK direct bilateral development assistance generated an increase in UK exports of $0.22 for every $1 of aid spent, increasing trade revenue and providing an estimated 12,000 extra UK jobs. 

Statelessness and International Development : The importance of incorporating stateless populations into development processes

UNHCR estimates that there are currently 10 million stateless people worldwide, although many suggest the number is probably higher. Despite this large global population of stateless people, until recently, the issue has received limited attention in international development.

This blog from the London International Development Centre explores some of the issues. 
Healthcare inequality between countries grows despite global improvements

This study by the Lancet from its Global Burden of Disease Study shows how global healthcare access and quality has improved since 1990. However, inequalities between the best and worst-performing countries have grown. Even among countries of similar development levels, there is wide variation. 

Summary from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 
Sierra Leone’s Response to the Ebola Outbreak: Management Strategies and Key Responder Experiences

Drawing on interviews with key Sierra Leonean and international responders, this paper from Chatham House helps shed light on the challenges that affected Sierra Leone's response to the Ebola outbreak.

Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo 

This paper from Chatham House summarises the key points to know. 

Antibiotic Resistance and the Global Food Chain

World Veterinary Day was on 29 April and drew attention to the role of farmed animals in spreading antimicrobial resistance and diminishing the effectiveness of antibiotics. This article from the Australian Institute of International Affairs identifies some of the issues. 

Why is Communicating in Local Languages Important?

Blog from SOAS about the importance of communicating in a local language and how those who understand a language act as brokers for capacity building. 
Development Impact Bonds (DIBs) 

DIBs are a tool with the potential to draw in significant private investor capital. Find out more



Double-duty actions for ending malnutrition within a decade (The Lancet, Global Health) 


Ending fistula within a generation: making the dream a reality (The Lancet, Global Health, Comment) 


A geospatial evaluation of timely access to surgical care in seven countries (WHO Bulletin) 

Extracts from Bulletin of WHO 

Quality of Care

Quality of care: measuring a neglected driver of improved health 

: Measuring quality of health-care services: what is known and where are the gaps?

: Developing global indicators for quality of maternal and newborn care: a feasibility assessment

: Maternal and neonatal services in Ethiopia: measuring and improving quality  

: Quality of routine essential care during childbirth: clinical observations of uncomplicated births in Uttar Pradesh, India

: Improving the quality of hospital care for children by supportive supervision: a cluster randomized trial, Kyrgyzstan 

: Variation in quality of primary-care services in Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania

Maternal and Child Health

Mortality among twins and singletons in sub-Saharan Africa between 1995 and 2014: a pooled analysis of data from 90 Demographic and Health Surveys in 30 countries (The Lancet : Global Health) 

Twin–singleton early-life survival in sub-Saharan Africa (The Lancet : Global Health Comment)


Natural resistance to malaria linked to variation in human red blood cell receptors(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine summary with link to original article) 

Air Pollution

Differences in cyclists and car drivers exposure to air pollution from traffic in the city of Copenhagen (Science Direct) 

Centre for Sustainability and Health 
Concordis International  
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
          More jobs at the LSH&TM

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine


Faculty of Public Health  Annual Conference

  : 20th-21st June, 2017
Where : Telford International Centre. 

  • Tackling non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries?
  • Films and their role in health. 
More information : Network Website

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction : Annual Conference

When  : 21st June, 2017 : 09.00 - 20.00 
Where : University College London

More information : Network website

Digital Health 2017 

When  : 3 - 5.7.17
Where : London

More information : Network website 

Global Surgery Summer School
Developing a Career as a Global Surgeon, Anaesthetist or Obstetrician 

When  : 22nd - 23rd July, 2017 
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London 

More information : Network website

SOAS Summer Courses

The School for Oriental and African Studies is advertising is Summer Courses, which run from the end of June until the middle of July. 

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