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20th January, 2017
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  • News : Erratum


  • Report of Southampton Lecture on Climate Change


  • South Sudan at another crossroads (26th January)
  • Keyboard conversation on climate change (26th January)
  • UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health Launch (18th February)
  • Annual conference of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (21st June)
  • Global Evidence Summit, 2017 (13th - 16th September)


  • Business and SDGs - It makes economic sense
  • Global Health Security and how laboratories can help
  • Health in India
  • Cambodia and Forests
  • South Sudan and UN Protection Force
  • Conflict : Middle East and Mosul Report
  • Inequalities : 8 people have same wealth as poorest 50% of the world put together
  • Refugees and EU support
  • Aid : direct cash helps, more aid funding to private sector
  • Ebola and new vaccine


  • Implementing the SDGs at national level : Reporting guidelines
  • Lancet Right Care Series
  • Exit strategy : Example of small organisation in Cambodia


  • Cholera testing
  • HIV/AIDS distribution in Uganda and Kenya 
  • Malaria : epidemiology in Republic of Congo; Severe malaria in African children
  • Maternal and Child Health : Tracking aid 2003 - 2013; practical issues in measurement of child survival om rural Nepal
  • Renal failure in India
  • COPD in Nepal
  • TB : Association with diabetes and effect of HIV; Ethiopia treatment outcomes in drug resistant TB
  • Pneumonia : Vaccines in South Sudan refugees; Indirects effects of vaccination
  • Cholera in Angola and DRC
  • ZIka : Brain abnormalities and Guillain Barré syndrome : a systematic review


  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Oxfam
  • Save the Children
  • International Medical Corps


Events, Learning, Jobs




Wessex News


Poole Africa Link

The e-mail link to Hilary Fenton-Harris, Co-ordinator for the Link, failed to connect. If you would like to contact Hilary, then the following is her e-mail address Hilary.Fenton-Harris@poole.nhs.uk

More information can also be found on the Poole Africa Link website

Wessex Events

Climate Change

See report below of Southampton lecture on Climate Change by Dr Gavin Schmidt, Director of NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies and also report in Climate Conversations

Climate Change

NASA Came to Southampton

Dr Gavin Schmidt, climate scientist and Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, visited Southampton last week and gave a deeply informed lecture about climate change and global warming.

The lecture is one of a series to be organised by the University of Southampton. 
Why should we be concerned about changes in global temperature?

The world as we know it exists within a very small temperature range. Just a 5 degree change makes a huge difference. 

Give us an example 

During the last Ice Age average planetary temperatures were only 5 degrees celsius below pre-industrial temperatures. As the ice recedes, grasses and mosses are appearing that have not been seen for thousands of years. 

What about now? 

Global temperatures are now 1 degree celsius higher than they were in pre-industrial times. 2016 was the hottest year for the planet since records began.

What is causing these changes?

Climate scientists have taken each of the factors that influence climate change and tested them against the changes in temperature we have observed over the past hundred or more years. They have been able to pinpoint that it is the increase in man made carbon dioxide that is responsible for the rise in temperatures. 

What will happen if we do nothing?

A "business as usual" approach would lead to a temperature rise of around 5 degrees. Remember - a fall of 5 degrees led to an ice age. We can expect a similar degree of global disruption if the temperature goes up by 5 degrees. 

But are we not are doing something already? Agreements were reached a the Paris conference last year.

Yes. We are doing things to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and they are beneficial. They are expected to limit the temperature rise to around 3 - 3.5 degrees higher than pre-industrial temperatures. This is good, but there will still be a significant impact on the planet. We need to do more. 

What can the man in the street do?

You can divide this into three parts
Personal          - decisions about the amount of carbon dioxide you produce
Communities  - encourage our local communities to do more.
Politics            - keep politicians informed of the facts and the need to do more

Where can we get hold of more of the facts about climate change?

There are many sources of information. The following a few ...

What next? 

What good is climate science, if all we are going to do is wait around for it’s predictions to come true?

This lecture was organised by Dr James Dyke, Lecturer in Sustainability Science, School of Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton. 

If you have any questions or would like more information about the MSc in Sustainability, then contact Dr James Dyke or visit his website

South Sudan at Another Crossroads

When  : 26th January, 15.00 - 16.30 
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London 

Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line 

What   : Only a few years ago, there was reason to feel cautiously optimistic about the fate of the world’s newest state, South Sudan. The picture looks very different now.

Despite the signing of a peace agreement in August 2015, the conflict has spread across the entire country, with the speed and scale of devastation shocking most observers. Since December 2013, 1.9 million people have been displaced within South Sudan and another 1.3 million to neighbouring countries, while 4.8 million people are food insecure. The UN Mission has been unable to safeguard civilians, especially women and girls, from violence, and South Sudan has become one of the most dangerous places in the world to be an aid worker.

South Sudan is once again at a crossroads.

This event explores the current humanitarian and development challenges in South Sudan, drawing on the latest issue of the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine. Why did the country fail to avoid this escalation of violence and instability? What options are available to the international community? And what must be done in the short term to protect those affected by the conflict?

Speakers include Leben Nelson Moro, Director of International and Alumni Affairs, University of Juba, South Sudan. 
More information

Keyboard conversation : Lola Perrin on climate change

When  : 26th January, 2017 : 19.30 
Where : School of Oriental and African Studies, London

What   : Composer-Pianist-Activist Lola Perrin and Political Economist and Environmentalist Andrew Simms will be performing a piano and spoken word project on climate change at SOAS University of London this month.

Significantus is a piano and spoken word project by Lola Perrin, inspired by writings about climate change, and is performed by Lola in collaboration with expert guest speakers including economists, lawyers, scientists, artists and other thinkers. The performance at SOAS features political economist and environmentalist Andrew Simms, co-founder of the New Weather Institute.

Andrew will discuss how we can personally comprehend the scale and immediacy of the climate challenge, what precedents there might be for rapid transition, and the possibly unimagined benefits of action. The audience will be invited to join the conversation before the final movement of the suite.


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.

More information and to register
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   

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 

Business and the Sustainable Development Goals
Global Health Security
Cambodia and Forests
South Sudan
Implementing the SDGs at national level: Reporting guidelines

In July last year 22 countries volunteered to report on the progress they were making towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. Following the HLPF, Bond, UKSSD, Save the Children UK and WWF-UK commissioned a report looking at the inputs to the meeting provided both by countries and by civil society with the aim of raising the bar for reporting in 2017 and subsequent years.

BOND Summary

Full report
Lancet Right Care Series

Many countries struggle with the question about sustainability, fairness, and equity of their health systems.

With the focus firmly on universal health coverage as a central part to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, there is an opportunity to examine how to achieve optimum access to, and delivery of, health care and services. Underuse and overuse of medical and health services exist side-by-side with poor outcomes for health and wellbeing.

This Series of four papers and accompanying comments examines the extent of overuse and underuse worldwide, highlights the drivers of inappropriate care, and provides a framework to begin to address overuse and underuse together to achieve the right care for health and wellbeing. The authors argue that achieving the right care is both an urgent task and an enormous opportunity.

Find out more

Exit Strategy 
Example of a small organisation in Cambodia

We are all enthused about setting up a new project and making it a success. But how do you prepare for when a project comes to an end?

This short Devex article give the experiences of a small project in Cambodia. 


Cholera Rapid Test with Enrichment Step Has Diagnostic Performance Equivalent to Culture (PLOS) 


Population levels and geographical distribution of HIV RNA in rural Ugandan and Kenyan communities, including serodiscordant couples: a cross-sectional analysis(Lancet) 


Malaria epidemiological research in the Republic of Congo (Malaria Journal/BioMed Central) 

Severe Malaria in African Children — The Need for Continuing Investment (New England Journal of Medicine) 

Maternal and Child Health 

11 years of tracking aid to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: estimates and analysis for 2003–13 from the Countdown to 2015 (Lancet Global Health) 

Practical issues in the measurement of child survival in health systems trials: experience developing a digital community-based mortality surveillance programme in rural Nepal (BMJ Global Health) 

Renal Disease

Renal failure deaths and their risk factors in India 2001–13: nationally representative estimates from the Million Death Study (The Lancet Global Health) 

COPD in Nepal 

Community-based management of COPD in Nepal (Correspondence : The Lancet) 


Association between diabetes mellitus and active tuberculosis in Africa and the effect of HIV (European Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health) 

Treatment outcomes in patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in north-west Ethiopia (European Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health) 


Pneumonia prevention: Cost-effectiveness analyses of two vaccines among refugee children aged under two years, Haemophilus influenzae type b-containing and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, during a humanitarian emergency, Yida camp, South Sudan (PubMed) 

Indirect effects of childhood pneumococcal conjugate vaccination on invasive pneumococcal disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Substantial protection across the whole population over 10 years - The Lancet Global Health) 


Spread of yellow fever virus outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2015–16: a modelling study (The Lancet) 


Zika Virus Infection as a Cause of Congenital Brain Abnormalities and Guillain–Barré Syndrome: Systematic Review (Enough evidence to say there is a causal link- PLOS Medicine) 


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Save the Children International Medical Corps

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