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19th May, 2017

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  • Barry Margetts (Southampton) and WHO Bulletin paper on public health nutrition workforce
  • THET highlights Southampton's contribution to Ethiopia Alliance on NCDs 
  • THET highlights work of Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership and contribution by Dorothy Anane
  • Distance support for healthcare in LMIC
  • Negotiating Humanitarian Space : Where is the UK Responsibility (8th June)
  • Global Surgery Summer School (22nd - 23rd July) 
  • SOAS Summer Courses
  • General News Briefings
  • Public Health
  • Global Development
  • Yemen : Humanitarian facts
  • S Sudan 
  • Cambodia 
  • Myanmar
  • DRC
  • S America
  • DfID
  • Malaria
  • Trachoma
  • Healthcare worker attacks, 2016
  • New jobs for former DfID advisers
  • New lead for USAID

  • Community engagements in crisis situations
  • Lives and costs saved by tobacco tax
  • Solving planetary hunger
  • Negleced tropical diseases
  • E Africa and NCDs
  • Personal impact of being an aid worker
  • No strings attached financial aid
  • Banking and aid
  • USA and aid
  • Inequalities
  • Ethics : Healthcare goods, tobacco
  • Social franchising and telemedicine
  • Air pollution : UK, arrhythmias and peptic ulcers
  • Mental Health :Bereavement support
  • Buruli Ulcer : S America 1969 - 2013
  • HIV : Testing and treatment hopeful results
  • Heart Failure : International mortality variation of heart failure

  • Tear Fund
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Primary Care International 
  • King's Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships
  • Maternity Worldwide
  • African Initiatives
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance

  • Previously advertised events


Wessex News

WHO and Nutrition, 

Barry Margetts, Emeritus Professor at Southampton, has long been involved in public health nutrition and the most recent WHO Bulletin includes an article for which he is a co-author. To see the article, follow the link  Capacity-building for a strong public health nutrition workforce in low-resource countries (WHO Bulletin) 

Non-Communicable Diseases 
THET Highlights the partnership with Southampton
to address NCDs in Ethiopia

Toby Gilbert, Country Programmes Volunteer for Ethiopia says in the THET blog ...

"THET in partnership with the University of Southampton and University hospitals in the districts of Jimma and Gondar, Ethiopia are an example of the multi-stakeholder partnerships dedicated to fighting NCDs. Clinical volunteers from the UK have spent time with their counterparts in Jimma and Gondar as well as with the Federal Ethiopian Ministry of Health (FEMOH) resulting in the training of nurses and health workers to staff rural health centres. This has led to the cost free diagnosis and treatment of NCDs such as diabetes, epilepsy and hypertension in rural and poor regions where historically there were none. 

These contributions have resulted in a multi-pronged offensive against NCDs in rural Ethiopia, targeting poor health literacy, the lack of appropriately trained and located health staff and the absence of reachable diagnostic and treatment methods. 

These results have been achieved at the same time as strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Health, and provide the type of professional development and opportunities to health workers in order to combat the brain drain of health workers to developed countries in search of remittance work.
The THET NCD Ethiopia Alliance (THENA) now has a website describing its work and where more information can be found. 

Dominic Dee, a medical student at Barts and The London School of Medicine has spent time gathering data and research in Jimma University and has collected together a series of patient stories

THET highlights the Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership 

THET's Spotlight this month also highlights the Wessex- Ghana Stroke project and the work of Dorothy Anane, nurse and clinical co-ordinator for the project. 

More information from THET highlighting NCDs


Distance Support for Healthcare in LIMCs
Travelling to LIMCs involves time, money and the often the freedom to do this when a group of others is visiting from the same hospital. And the difficult cases that health care workers have to deal with do not wait for visits by professionals from abroad. With improving technology, increasing use is being made of providing remote support for healthcare. Here are some examples. 

Swinfen Telemedicine

Swinfen Telemedicine has been working since 1999. It has links with 335 hospital in 76 countries (see full list) with more than 650 consultants they can call upon to give advice. Advice is mainly through e-mail or smartphone, sometimes with the aid of photos. A referrer makes a request for advice, an appropriate expert is found and the connection is made. More information 

Virtual Doctors

Virtual Doctors provides sophisticated, yet easy to use bespoke telemedicine (technology & medicine) software and smartphones with internet access. These are then used by health workers in rural Africa to send electronic patient files to volunteer UK doctors for diagnosis and treatment advice, helping to save lives. 

The organisation is based in Brighton, though the medical adviser lives and works in Oxford. It is currently working with 29 rural health centres and 2 district hospitals in Zambia. 

Medicine Africa 

Medicine Africa is an Oxford based organisation providing the infrastructure to enable distance support. It works directly with health partnerships, be they individuals, institutions or NGOs. Its platform, built at low bandwidth for better connectivity, enables sustained contact throughout a programme’s lifetime as well as monitoring of impact.

The King’s-Somaliland Partnership

The King's Somaliland Partnership is a partnership between Somaliland and the King's Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships. It is lead by Cathy Read, an independent consultant in public health, who lives in Winchester. In addition to visits to the hospital in Somaliland, it provides an education and training programme for doctors that includes remote support through low bandwidth connections. Support is through with seminars and one to one contact with volunteer UK doctors, often on a Sunday evening. Medicine Africa provides the technical support for this work. More information about the partnership from THET

Distance support activities in Wessex 

Global eHealth Projects

Global eHealth Projects is based at the University of Southampton and run by Dr Sunhea Choi. A particular piece of work she has been  involved in has been the use of Technology Enhanced Learning and Social Media for global malnutrition capacity building. 

Partnerships in Health Information 

Partnerships in Health Information is now based in the Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester. Proposals currently being pursued include 
  • The Bridge Building Series : which focuses on sharing knowledge for health between researchers, policy makers and knowledge intermediaries.
  • Networks : Supporting the development of online networks and communities of practice in Africa. 
  • Creation of an Open Educational Resources Database.
More information from Chris Zielinski

Medicine in the Cloud 

After very successful visits by Zimbabwean healthcare workers on Commonwealth Fellowships to Wessex over the last two years, Medicine in the Cloud is looking to build on the connections that have been made and continue to provide support to the Fellows after their return to Zimbabwe. An aim is to develop internet connectivity for 5 mission hospitals and 10 clinics. This would also build on the work previously carried out by Laura Broadhurst to develop a Virtual Lecture Hall at the University of Zimbabwe, when she was working for CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics)

More information from Laura Broadhurst 

Poole Africa Link

Following a recent visit, the Link is taking forward discussions about the possibility of links between the hospital in Lira, Uganda, and Bournemouth University as well as virtual links with a Faculty at Bournemouth. 

Alliance to support postgraduate medical training in South Sudan

Links between hospitals in Wessex and South Sudan have been established over several years. The current fighting in the country make it unsafe for formal visiting and the conditions are not good for development. However, links have been established with some of the Royal Colleges in London to build a formal alliance between healthcare agencies in the UK and South Sudan. The colleges and clinical volunteers will pick up where earlier work had to be suspended and include distance learning and other forms of virtual support in a co-ordinated approach to postgraduate medical education there. 

More information and Rich Bregazzi 

What about the Network?

Are you involved in or know about distance support not mentioned above?
  • Let us know and we can share it with others. 
Would you like to connect to others who are interested or involved in distance support? 
  • If so, then let us know and we can see what can be arranged

Contact John Acres

Negotiating the Humanitarian Space :
Where is the UK Responsibility?


When  : 8th June, 2017 : 
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London

What   :  In light of the current political shifts in the British, American and international contexts, this one-day meeting seeks to explore the role of the UK health care community in an ever-changing global health security agenda.

Topics include 

  • The UK and Emergencye Medical Humanitarian Assistance
  • Negotiating civil-military common spaces, cultures and trust
  • Protection of health care i conflict : Where we are and we need to go
  • The changing face of humanitarian work in violent contexts

More information and to apply for a place

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 

What   : In association with Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration, the Royal Society of Medicine is launching the very first global surgery summer school. This two days condensed course is targeted at UK and international trainees. It will provide a fantastic platform to network with senior colleagues and enthusiastic pairs.

The training will comprise of two main streams of career development:

  • Health system strengthening (day 1)
  • Humanitarian engagement (day 2)

The summer school was conceived to equip trainees with practical skills, academic insights and programmatic opportunities in global surgical work. With perspectives from LMICs, we put surgery, obstetrics and anaesthesia in context to better understand their ability to leverage the welfare of communities and the economic productivity of nations.

More information and to apply 


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. 

More information 

Public Health

      World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)        Public Health Roundup - Bulletin of WHO  Global Development Briefing by Devex Yemen 
South Sudan
Cambodia  Myanmar Democratic Republic of Congo South America DfID Malaria  Trachoma Attacks on Health Care Workers, 2016  Money Former DfID Civil Servant to be new UN Humanitarian Affairs Chief  Former DfID adviser now CEO of Plan International UK New appointment to lead US Agency for International Development 

The Importance of Community Engagement in Crisis

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

Lives and Costs Saved by a Tobacco Tax (Ukraine) 

World Bank Report modelled the effect of tobacco excise tax and estimate that by 2015, it would result in the avoidance of 126,730 new cases of smoking-related disease; 29,172 premature deaths and 267,098 potential years of life lost relate to no change in tax. This would avoid 1.5 billion UAH (National currency of Ukraine) in healthcare and 16.5 billion UAH in premature mortality costs. 

See Report

Can We Solve Planetary Hunger?

Human beings are changing ecosystems globally, and this is having a profound impact on our ability to feed ourselves. Researchers working on issues of global hunger must now take an increasingly dynamic approach to hunger because hunger is shifting. Hunger today is in transition, changing alongside human health and the global climate.

Read the blog from the London International Development Centre describing what is happening

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Integrating neglected tropical diseases in global health and development. Fourth WHO report on neglected tropical diseases.

New report from WHO launched last month at Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit, 2017, Geneva. 

UK to invest £450m fighting world’s most neglected tropical diseases (Independent) 

A civil society benchmark report: Responses to NCDs in East Africa

This study was undertaken by the East African NCD Alliance Post-2015 Initiative, a loose coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) working to tackle the challenge of NCDs in the East Africa region.

See report 

Personal impact of being an aid worker

Aid workers witnessing: What are the impacts on aid workers? (Devex) 

No strings attached financial aid 

What does early data tell us about how recipients of universal basic income spend their money? (Devex) 

Banking and Aid 

Banks are restricting the work of humanitarian NGOs and impeding the effectiveness of the UK government’s aid budget. (Chatham House Research Paper) 

USA  and Aid 

Interactive tracker of ways congress representatives have voted on foreign aid. (Devex)  


Recordings of conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Inequalities run by the London International Development Centre 



Time for a global response to labour rights violations in the manufacture of health-care goods (WHO Editorial by Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group, International Department, British Medical Association) 

Tobacco growing and the sustainable development goals, Malawi (WHO Bulletin) 

Social franchising and telemedicine 

Evaluation of a social franchising and telemedicine programme and the care provided for childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia, Bihar, India (WHO Bulletin) 

Air Pollution 

Toxic air in the UK requires immediate action (The Lancet, Planetary Health)

Association between air pollution and ventricular arrhythmias in high-risk patients (The Lancet, Planetary Health)

Association between emergency admission for peptic ulcer bleeding and air pollution : a case-crossover analysis in Hong Kong's elderly population (The Lancet, Planetary Health) 

Mental Health

Effect of a bereavement support group on female adolescents' psychological health: a randomised controlled trial in South Africa (The Lancet, Global Health) 

Mycobacterium ulcerans

Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Buruli Ulcer) in French Ghuiana, South America, 1969 - 2013 : an epidemiological study (The Lancet, Planetary Health) 


A universal testing and treatment intervention to improve HIV control: One-year results from intervention communities in Zambia in the HPTN 071 (PopART) cluster-randomised trial. (PLOS) (Results encouraging

Heart Failure 

Global mortality variations in patients with heart failure: results from the International Congestive Heart Failure (INTER-CHF) prospective cohort study (The Lancet : Global Health) 


Tear Fund
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Primary Care International King's Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships Maternity Worldwide African Initiatives International HIV/AIDs Alliance  PHARO  

Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 

When  : 5th - 6th June, 2017 
Where : London

More information : Network Website

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  : 21.6.17 : 09.00 - 20.00 
Where : University College London

More information : Network website


Global Evidence Summit 2017 

When  : 13 - 16.9.17
Where : Cape Town, South Africa

More information : Network website

Digital Health 2017: 

When  : 3 - 5.7.17
Where : London

More information : Network website 

Global Evidence Summit 2017 

When  : 13 - 16.9.17
Where : Cape Town, South Africa

More information : Network website


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