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17th February, 2017
From the Editor 

Third Anniversary of the Network

Survey about the Newsletter and the Network

This February is the third anniversary of the Network and we are reviewing what it does and where it is going. 

Thank you to all those who responded to the questionnaire sent out recently. We are starting to look at the results and will let you more details in a later edition of the newsletter. 

One observation that we will act on now was that the majority of those who responded felt that the newsletter could be sent out less frequently. So, from now on and at least for a period, the newsletter will be sent out fortnightly. 

We will keep you briefed, but we do want your contributions. 

Please contact John Acres with your ideas, comments and suggestions. 




  • New developments for Southampton's TB Research Group
  • Portsmouth partnering University of Brawijava to run international workshop


  • Applied Spacial Modelling Seminar : Capture - Mark - Recapture models
  • Primary Health Care and Family Medicine in Nigeria (6th March)
  • Confidential Enquiry into Child Deaths in Africa (20th March) 


  • Developing yourself for working in global health 


  • Rethinking capitalism for sustainable and inclusive growth (27th February)
  • Evidence-informed decision-making in a complex world (6th March)
  • Networks and Partnerships : Wales Collaborating for gGlobal Health Conference (27th March) 


  • NHS Sustainability Day : 23rd March
  • South Sudan and refugees
  • Medical supplies and drones
  • Child refugees to the UK
  • Hepatitis E in Chad
  • Yellow fever in Brazil
  • Cervical cancer burden in LMICs
  • Nepal and services for adolescents
  • Aid : UNICEF needs in East Asia Pacific; What Brexit might mean for NGOs
  • Deforestation hot spots
  • Financial tracking for OCHA


  • Global Learning Laboratory of WHO
  • DfID's new economic strategy : ODI assessment
  • Culture, context and mental health of Somali refugees
  • Radicalisation : Lessons from the 1950s and mind control
  • Ethics : Tackling abuse in the garment industry 
  • Muslim immigration and what Europeans think
  • Mobile professional voluntarism and international development (new book)


  • Ebola : predicting severity
  • Ethiopia : HIV and Undernutrition
  • Nepal and TB
  • Pregnancy outcomes and mHealth
  • Malaria : elimination and recent drugs failures in UK
  • Zika : Epidemiology in the UK; another type of public health emergency 
  • Immunisation : Effectiveness of pneumonia vaccine


  • London School of Tropical Medicine
  • Institute of Development Studies, Brighton
  • Raleigh International
  • Lively Minds
  • Malaria No More
  • Save the Children
  • British Red Cross


  • Events, Learning, Jobs


Wessex News

New Development for Southampton's
TB Research Group

Under the leadership of Prof Paul Elkington, Southampton's Research group has made a new development in studying the treatment of TB. The new 3D system encapsulates human cells infected with TB bacteria to generate conditions that more closely reflect events in patients. This will help to speed up the process of finding treatments and vaccines for human tuberculosis. 

The work has been carried out in partnership with University College London and funded by the Medical Research Council. The next step will be further research in collaboration with the African Health Research Institute in Durban, in a project being funded by an MRC Global Challenges Research Fund Foundation Award worth £350,000. Durban has a very high incidence of TB and ideal laboratory infrastructure to introduce the 3D model to study cells from patients at high risk of tuberculosis.

More information

Publication in eLife

Publication in mBio 


Portsmouth and an International Workshop :
March, 2017 

The Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre and the University of Brawijava are organising an international workshop at the University of Brawijava, Malang, Indonesia, on 15th - 16th March, 2017. 

Its purpose is to identify potential research topics in the area of population and health in the two South East Asian Countries – Indonesia and Thailand. It is designed to learn from experiences of both countries and to identify and prioritise areas for collaborative research that feed into the policies of both countries and the region. 

The specific objectives of the workshop are:
  1. To identify priorities in population and family planning research in the post-demographic transition regimes in South East Asia. Example: Ageing and elderly care, dependency, low fertility, childlessness, contraceptive use. 
  2. To identify priorities in national and international migration research within the complex social milieu of gender relations within the family, community and the wider micro and macro development contexts in both Indonesia and Thailand.
  3. To identify priorities in public health research in Indonesia and Thailand.
  4. To identify priority research areas on wider socio-economic and political determinants of public health and public health care services including health policies.
  5. To develop an international team of researchers who meet annually to discuss about population and health issues in South East Asia Region. 
For more information, please contact Dr Saseendran Pallikadavath, Reader in Demography and Global Health, School of Health Sciences and Social Work, University of Portsmouth.


Wessex Events

Applied spacial Modelling Group

Capture-Mark-Recapture Models
Using Marked Animals to Study Bird and Fish Populations

When  : Ist March, 2017 : 12.00 - 13.00
Where : Room 5025 (5B), Buildings 34, Highfield, University of Southampton

What   : This seminar is being presented by Dr Tom Bird and Dr Laura Graham and is the latest in the series of seminars run by the Applied Spacial Modelling Group. They are intended for everyone with an interest in the application of spatial analysis and modelling methods. All are welcome to join us – it’s a great opportunity to get together and discuss on-going research, methods, conferences, publications and more in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

For more information, please contact Jessica Steele

Primary Health Care and Family Medicine in Nigeria

When  : 6th March, 2017 : 13.00 - 14.00
Where : Aldermoor Health Centre, Southampton 

What   : Dr Ibrahim Bello, who is from the University of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Head of Department of Family Medicine, is visiting the UK and will be talking about the work of his department and issues to do with the provision of primary care and Family Medicine in Nigeria. 

This seminar is being organised by the Primary Care and Population Sciences Department, University of Southampton. 

For more information, please contact Dr Merlin Wilcox


Confidential Enquiry into Child Deaths in Africa 

When  : 20th March, 2017 : 13.00 - 14.00 
Where : Room LF9, Southampton  General Hospital 

What   : This talk will be given by Dr Merlin Wilcox who is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Primary Health Care at Southampton and is a researcher with the University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Primary Care

Dr Wilcox is helping to coordinate a confidential enquiry into maternal, perinatal and child deaths in Uganda and Mali. This is providing useful information on how the health system could be improved to save more lives. It is already having an impact because some recommendations can be implemented already at no cost. For example in Mbarara (Uganda) a new high-risk antenatal clinic has been started. In Finkolo (Mali) health workers have been trained to improve their quality of care for severely ill and malnourished children.

A larger trial is being planned to test whether the “confidential enquiry” method is a cost-effective way of saving lives in low-income countries.

For more information, please contact Dr Wilcox
Developing yourself for 

working in Global Health 

There is no set pathway to a career in global health,
but the following might be of help. 

Alma Ata Global Health Network 

The Alma Mata Global Health Network, provides information on training, careers, education and research in Global Health. Their website provides

And don't forget the 

Advice from a peer-to-peer networking evening 

Advice that came from a careers networking evening held on 30th January, 2017, and organised by the London International Development Centre was as follows : 

Getting experience

  • If you are in a job or studies that is not development related, search for development experience you can do in your spare time to keep your knowledge up to date such as volunteer journalism
  • Look for volunteer work in your community or abroad to get experience in a desired field. Idealist is a great search engine to find volunteer opportunities
  • If you are considering sudying a PhD be clear on why-  do you want to work in academia or is it to help you get into research roles?
Finding a job
  • You create your own luck- be active in seeking opportunities
  • Take advantage of your mentors and career services at your university. Also reach out to alumni and find alumni networks. LinkedIn and alumni Facebook groups are a good way to find these networks.
  • Look for side roots into development jobs. Smaller NGOs are a great place to start, or find jobs in a development agency where you can develop transferable skills that will lead you towards your dream job (communications, fundraising etc)
  • Know your skills. Gallup Strengths Center is an online quiz that will help you discover your strengths and skills
  • Always research employers before interviews and  tailor your CV to specific jobs. Use key wordsfrom the job description in your CV to show that you fit the role
  • In your CV, highlight  transferable skills by connecting past experiences to skills you will use for the desired job
Things to remember
  • Keep in mind your values and where you want to go in your career, but flexibility is key because there is no straight path to achieving your dream job in development
  • Look after yourself and your wellbeing because only you know what is best for yourself. Accept a job that will further your personal growth and development
  • Tiny steps do make a big difference, and it is okay to take a step back to go forwards (i.e. salary cut)
  • The job search is hard, and there might be some rejections, but keep working hard to find a job that makes you happy.
Rethinking capitalism for sustainable
and inclusive growth

When  : 27th February, 2017 : 12,30 - 14.00
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London 
Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line

What   : Is capitalism in crisis? For decades investment has been falling, living standards have stagnated or declined, and inequality has risen dramatically. It appears that economic policy has neither reformed the financial system nor restored stable growth. Climate change meanwhile poses increasing risks to future prosperity. What is to be done to address these trends and risks?

Michael Jacobs, editor, and Carlota Perez, co-author, of the new book Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth lead this discussion on new ways to think about capitalism. Russell Bishop of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development also joins the discussion. The event explores how public policy can help create and shape a different economic future that is more inclusive, innovative and sustainable – and in doing so, address many of today’s contemporary concerns.

Evidence-informed decision-making in a complex world

When  : 6th March, 2017 : 16.00 - 17.30 
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London
Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line 

What   : In a fast changing world, development progress is complex: solutions are neither simple nor obvious. There is growing recognition among research and policy communities that flexible and adaptive approaches are the best way to address this complexity, and to deliver sustainable and inclusive change.

Decision-making is inherently political. And in a so called 'post-truth' world, the relationship between evidence and decision-making is becoming even more challenging. But, at the same time, the rise of populist politics and attacks on aid are likely to be driving some donors towards simpler, more technocratic, definitions of impact. Accountability to funders and value for money may squeeze out complexity thinking and learning.

This panel debate event asks a diverse panel of donor, academic and non-governmental organisations: how do you navigate this tension to inform your day-to-day decision-making?

More information 



Networks and Partnerships: 

Wales Collaborating for Global Health 

Annual Charter Celebration Conference 

When  : 27th March, 2017 :
Where : Future Inns, Cardiff

What   : The conference will focus on how to maximise the benefits of national and international networks, building active and sustainable partnerships and collaborations as well as celebrating the progress made in the implementation of the Charter for International Health Partnerships in Wales (the Charter) and how it contributes to the global health and sustainable development agenda.

Conference Objectives are to 

  • Share experiences and opportunities including the benefits and challenges from taking part in international networks and collaborations 
  • Explore synergies and approaches in achieving health, wellbeing and reducing inequalities across various sectors and networks in Wales, the UK, Europe and globally 
  • Show interrelation between implementing the Global Health agenda, Health 2020, the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act2015, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 
  • Share progress towards implementing the Charter across the NHS through partnerships and links within Wales and across Europe and the world 
  • Provide a forum for international exchange, discussion, networking and learning 


More information and to register 
NHS Sustainability Day : 23rd March, 2017
South Sudan and Refugees
  • Between 25 and 31 January, 24,280 people fled to Uganda following clashes around Yei town on 22 January. In Upper Nile, 20,500 people who fled fighting in Wau Shilluk between 25 January and 3 February are in need of shelter, safe drinking water, food and healthcare. On 4 February, five people were killed and 25 injured in a government bombing of an IDP camp in Wau Shilluk. Humanitarian operations were temporarily suspended. (ACAPS
Child refugees
Hepatitis E
Yellow Fever
Cervical Cancer

Nepal and health services for adolescents 

Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Global Learning Laboratory 
The WHO Global Learning Laboratory (GLL) for Quality Universal Health Coverage is an initiative by WHO that aims to gather people from across the globe, representing various disciplines within a safe space to 
  • share knowledge, experiences and ideas; 
  • challenge those ideas
  • spark new ways of doing,
all to strengthen approaches towards achieving quality care for all, placing people at its centre.

The GLL is organized around three areas.
  • National quality policy and strategy (NQPS).
  • Specific technical areas – for example WASH and maternal & child health – that need to be considered carefully in achieving quality UHC.
  • The heart of the GLL, the role of compassion in quality UHC, acknowledging the human spirit that drives quality.
GLL is developing learning "pods" where those interested in particular areas of work e.g. maternal and child health can share ideas specifically related to their topic of concern. 

2 minute video introduction

e-mail to find out more 

What’s in DFID’s new economic development strategy
– and what’s missing

Article from Overseas Development Institute assessing DfID's new economic strategy, which is about developing the economies of poorer countries, especially in Africa. 

Read the article. 

See also : Priti Patel: It is in Britain's interest to create jobs in Ethiopia (ITV News) 

Culture, context and mental health of Somali refugees

This publication from the UN Humanitarian Relief Agency is a primer for staff working in mental health and psychosocial support programmes.

More information 
Radicalisation - Lessons from the 1950s on mind control

Chatham House article by Sarah Marks and Daniel Pick who explore the difficulty in pinpointing how radicalization works in practice. 

More information 


How can we tackle abuse in the global garment industry? (Development Policy Centre - includes research in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Thailand) 


Chatham House Expert Comment on "What Do Europeans Think About Muslim Immigration?"

Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development - Killing Me Softly?

This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in.

Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating opportunities for corruption. Improved volunteer deployment may avoid these risks and present opportunities for sustainable systems change.

The empirical research presented in this book stems from a specific volunteering intervention funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust and focused on improving maternal and new born health in Uganda. However, important opportunities exist for policy transfer to other contexts.’

More information 


Predicting Ebola Severity: A Clinical Prioritization Score for Ebola Virus Disease(PLOS)


HIV  : Outcomes among HIV-infected children initiating HIV care and antiretroviral treatment in Ethiopia (Wiley) 
Undernutrition :   Drought, conflict and children’s undernutrition in Ethiopia 2000–2013: a meta-analysis (WHO Bulletin) 

TB and Nepal

Peer-led active tuberculosis case-finding among people living with HIV: lessons from Nepal (WHO)

Pregnancy Outcomes and mHealth

Effectiveness of mHealth interventions targeting health care workers to improve pregnancy outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review(Health Systems Evidence) 


Malaria from hyperendemicity to elimination in Hekou County on China–Vietnam border: an ecological study (Malaria Journal/BioMed Central) 

See also : Malaria drugs fail for first time on patients in UK (BBC News) 


Another kind of Zika public health emergency (Lancet Editorial) 

See also : Zika virus: epidemiology and cases diagnosed in the UK (Public Health England) 


Effectiveness of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine against invasive pneumococcal disease in South African children: a case-control study (Lancet Global Health) 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

Institute of Development Studies, Brighton 

Raleigh International 

Lively Minds 

Malaria No More 

Save the Children 

British Red Cross Society 




UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health Launch

When  : 18th February, 2017 : 10.00 - 17.30 
Where : University College London
Web     : Live streaming will be available

What   : Funded by the ESRC, this event is the launch of the new UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health.

The day will bring together a range of speakers from different disciplines, and will be an opportunity for panellists and attendees to raise questions and explore and debate issues around Gender and Global Health. 

The day will also include lunch and a drinks reception for all guests.

If you wish to attend, pre-booking is essential. If you are unable to attend in person we will be livestreaming the event. You can select a Livestream Viewer ticket to be sent a reminder email with the livestream link directly to your inbox.


Webinar: creating an economy that works for women

When  : 21st February, 2017 : 14.00 - 15.00 

What   : Women continue to face economic disadvantage – whether through low wages, insecure and unsafe jobs, unequal access to social protection or a heavy unpaid care and domestic workload. Attempts to promote women’s economic empowerment are taking place in the context of significant changes in the world of work – including the emergence of the gig economy, the increased spread of technology, and a rise in informal work. Progress is further limited by economic policies which reinforce the undervaluation and marginalisation of women’s paid and unpaid work. 

What would a 21st century economy that empowers women look like? Can new trends such as the gig economy provide the kinds of jobs women need? What does it take to lift women’s unpaid care burdens?

Ahead of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Overseas Development Institute, London, has joined with the Gender and Development Network to organise this webinar exploring what needs to change to make the economy work for women. It seeks to identify concrete proposals for government action which can be taken to the CSW in March in New York.

Key topics for discussion include:
  • Changing work patterns and their implications for women
  • The role of governments in creating an enabling macroeconomic environment
  • Unpaid care and domestic work
  • Identifying concrete proposals for priority action by governments at international and national level
More information and register for the Webinar 

Global health partnerships: Buzzword or Breakthrough?

When  : 22nd February, 2017 : 18.30 – 21.00 9
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London

What   :  The UK government has announced its intention to boost partnerships between UK institutions and their counterparts in the developing world, but do they really work? This meeting will hear speakers from the UK and low income countries talk about their experiences of DFID’s Health Partnership Scheme.

The event will discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of health partnerships and how they can contribute to health systems strengthening. The speakers will discuss their own experiences of the Health Partnership Scheme and a broader view of development partnerships in the coming year.

Chair for the evening will be Andy Leather (Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health)

Speakers will include 

  • Dr Matt Halkes (Consultant Anaesthetist and Director of Education Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Opoku Ware Ampomah (Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Director of the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana)
  • Darian Stibb, (Executive Director of The Partnering Initiative)
More information and to register 

Teachers and Peace Building : A Systematic Review 

When  : 22nd February, 17.30 - 19.00
Where : Institute of Education, London

What   : This will be a presentation by Dr Lindsey Horner, senior lecturer in International and Global education at Bath Spa University. 

Focusing on teachers and their role in peacebuilding the presentation will map existing literature to shed insight on teacher identity, roles and agency in conflict affected areas, relating this to the project’s orientating framework of a just peace, drawing on conceptions of social justice.  Exploring the debates around, for example, educational outcomes, accountability, governance and teacher education it asks what role teachers, as key agents in education systems, have in promoting peace, social justice, reconciliation and mitigating violence. The presentation will also highlight some of the dilemmas and contradictions in the literature and field, acknowledging the double-sided nature of teacher agency which can equally promote or obstruct peace and the complexities of the contexts in which they work.

More information

Myanmar Midwife : Midwifery in Rural Myanmar : Film Screening 

When  : 27th February, 2016 : 17.15 - 18.30 
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : Every year, approximately one million women in Myanmar give birth; of these, more than 2,400 die from pregnancy related causes. In addition, 33,000 newborns die annually within the first month of their lives. Most of these deaths are preventable.

The scarcity of skilled health workers and health facilities in rural Myanmar mean that government-trained midwives are obliged to provide not only mother-and-child but also primary health care. Myanmar Midwife takes an eye-opening look at the situation for midwife Nwe Ni Cho, who serves seven villages with a total population of 2,760 people in the Yangon River delta two hours to the north-east of the country’s former capital.

The screening will be followed by a short film “one year later” and a discussion with the film producer Carine Weiss.

The event is free with no ticket required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. 

More information

What are the prospects of achieving equal access to water?

When  : 1st March, 2017 : 15.30 - 17.00 
Where : London International Development Centre (LIDC) London

What   : The is the fifth in the LIDC Seminar Series and there will be 2 speakers. 

Prof Peter Mollinga : Peter is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS and interim director of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) since October 2016. His research focuses on the relationship between water and development. It focuses on agricultural water use (irrigation), and its intensifying interlinkage with urban and industrial water use, with a geographical focus in South Asia and Central Asia. Theoretical emphases are on: the cultural political economy of (agricultural) water use, management and governance; the comparative study of the politics of water;
processes of boundary work in the water resources sector.

Prof Adriana Allen : Adriana is Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainabilit yat the The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, where she leads the DPU Research Cluster on Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience (EJUR) and teaches in the MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD). Originally trained as urban planner in Argentina, her native country, she specialised over the years in the fields of urban environmental planning and political ecology. She has over 25 years international experience in research and consultancy undertakings in almost 20 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Both as an academic and practitioner, her work focuses on the interface between development and environmental concerns in the urban context of the global south, and more specifically on fostering transformative links between environmental justice and urban sustainability and resilience.

More information 

Book Launch

'Climate Change and the Health of Nations'

When  : 1st March, 2017 : 17.00 - 19.00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : This event is being held to launch the 'Climate Change and Health of Nations' book, authored by the late Professor Tony McMichael, who made seminal contributions to our understanding of how global environmental change has affected human health. The event will be introduced by Richard Horton and Prof. Andy Haynes will make some brief remarks. 

Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development 
New Thinking for a Better World 

When  : 1st - 3rd March, 2017 
Where : Bonn, Germany

What   : The Global Festival of Ideas will be the world’s first Playable Conference.  Mixing digital platforms with real-world conversations and debate, delegates will explore different ways of collaborating across sectors, test the unknown by trialling new ideas in a safe space, and ultimately find a new perspective on established ways of working.

Find out more

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Annual Conference

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

What   : This conference is free to attend and researchers, practioners, NGOs, city professionals and the interested public are welcome. In-house and guest experts will present the latest research and issues in risk and disaster reduction, through a combination of talks, panel discussion, conversation, and poster presentations. 

More information and to apply   
Digital Health 2017: Global Public Health, Personalised Medicine, and Emergency Medicine in the Age of Big Data

When  : 3rd - 5th July, 2017
Where : London

What   : At Digital Health 2017, emergency and humanitarian medicine addressing acute needs of natural and manmade disasters will leverage opportunities created by geo-located big data, mobile technology and crowdsourcing for improving resilience, early warning and response to disasters and emergencies.

The conference will cover a wide spectrum of subjects including communities of practice and social networks, analytics and engagement with tracking and monitoring wearable devices, big data, public health surveillance, persuasive technologies, epidemic intelligence, participatory surveillance, disaster and emergency medicine, serious games for public health interventions and automated early identification of health threats and response.

Poster and paper submissions are now being requested. 

More information 

Resilience Conference

“The Transformation we want: Towards a global policy environment for resilient futures”

When  : 21st - 23rd August, 2017
Where : Stockholm, Sweden

What   : If you are researching policies that support resilience and social-ecological transformations to sustainability, the UN Research Institute for Social Development(UNRISD) would like to hear from you.  It is organising a session on “The Transformation we want: Towards a global policy environment for resilient futures” and is seeking abstracts on policy reforms and innovations which will produce environmentally sustainable and socially just solutions. 

More information 

Global Evidence Summit 2017 

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

What   :  The Global Evidence Summit will be hosted by Cochrane South Africa in Cape Town on the 13-16 September and will be the first time that Cochrane, Campbell Collaboration, Guidelines International Network, International Society for Evidence-based Health Care, and Joanna Briggs Institute have joined forces to create an event in evidence-based policy.

The theme of the Summit is ‘Using evidence. Improving lives.’ and the event  aims to challenge and stimulate policy-makers and practitioners on how to base their decisions on the best available evidence.

The Summit will highlight and promote evidence-based approaches to policy and practice in order to target resources to what works, therefore offering the most cost effective health interventions. With the Summit taking place in South Africa the opportunities and challenges facing low and middle-income countries will be a key focus of the Summit.

If you are interested in the event and would like to help promote it, below is a link to our latest communications package on the call for abstracts, workshops and special sessions. Included in the folder is copy that can be used in a blog or newsletter, adverts for social media and key links.

More information 


Contact Holly Millward, Cochrane Central Executive 


South Sudan 

The effects of insecurity on aid operations in South Sudan 

This article reviews trends in violence against aid workers since South Sudan’s independence in 2011 and examines its impact on the humanitarian community’s ability to deliver assistance. The data is drawn from the Aid Worker Security Database, which tracks major incidents of violence against aid workers (national and international staff), defined as killings, kidnappings and armed attacks which result in serious injury

Read the article 

Law: an underused tool to improve health and wellbeing for all
(Lancet Editorial)  

One of the most potent tools to advance health and wellbeing and enshrine the right to health in local, regional, national, and international policies has not yet gained sufficient attention in global health discussions. 

"Advancing the right to health: The vital role of law" is a new report aims to fill this gap. It has been produced by a collaboration between WHO, the International Development Law Organization, the University of Sydney, Australia, and the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, USA. It tackles it in three parts:
  • advancing the right to health through law reform
  • the process of public health law reform
  • priorities for public health law reform.
In many examples, it shows how countries have implemented a wide range of laws relevant to public health. The highlighted priority areas, such as universal health coverage, tobacco control, obesity, and maternal, reproductive, and child health, will not surprise those within the health sector. 

Lancet Editorial 

Seizing Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities : Africa Progress Report  

This report was produced by Kofi Annan's Africa Progress Panel

Two in three Africans lack access to electricity. Africa’s energy deficits reinforce poverty, especially for women and people in rural areas. Africa’s poorest people are paying among the world’s highest prices for energy.

Lacking access to clean energy sources, over half of Africa’s population is forced to resort to biomass, such as firewood and charcoal—an option that is economically inefficient and environmentally devastating. Energy-sector bottlenecks and power shortages cost the region 2-4 per cent of GDP annually, undermining sustainable economic growth, jobs and investment. 

But Sub-Saharan Africa also has some of the world’s largest (and least exploited) reserves of natural gas. There is a vast untapped potential in hydro-power. Unlocking that potential will require the development of regional markets. The Inga Dam development in the Democratic Republic of Congo could add an estimated 4GW of electricity to the national grid. The Grand Inga project—with an estimated generation capacity of 40GW could be transformative for the whole of Africa.

There is an opportunity for Africa to seize the moment and transition to a low-carbon future. 

The Africa Progress Report 2015 explains the steps that leaders globally and in Africa must take to unlock this untapped potential and in the process contribute to reducing the risks from climate change. 

See also blog by UN Research Institute for Social Development.  
Overseas Development Institute

Lead Analyst – Sustainable Economic Development (Closing date 19th February, 2017) 
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


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