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  • News : Visit to Nepal for ETAT+ training
  • Events : Poverty mapping and mobile phones in low-income countries
  • Planetary Health : Volume 1, Number 1
  • Mine Action in Angola (26th April)
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to inequality (27th April)
  • Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (5th - 6th June)
  • Non-communicable diseases in LMIC and Films & Health at the Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference (20th - 21st June)
  • RSTMH Medal Winners Event (13th September)
  • RSTMH Topics in Infection (Tanzania) (29th September)
  • RSTMH East Africa Research Meeting (26th January, 2018) 
  • World Tobacco Day
  • Tobacco and nuclear free investments
  • Zika
  • Nigeria & Meningitis
  • El Nino and Peru floods
  • Speech therapy & West Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Yemen
  • G7, USA and climate policy
  • Energy & Africa
  • Sudan
  • Madagascar
  • Myanmar
  • Family Planning

  • How to create more jobs in Africa
  • 10 things to know about global labour force
  • DfID funded Community Justice Programmes
  • Toolkit : Countering Violent Extremism
  • Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems
  • Podoconiosis : World Atlas
  • Community Health  Workers 

  • TB
  • Biodiversity and Health
  • Climate Change
  • Food, Farming and Health

  • King's Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships
  • University College London
  • Overseas Development Institute
  • University of Geneva : Emerging Viral Diseases Centre
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • One Acre Fund

Previously advertised events



Wessex News

Visit to Nepal for ETAT+ Training
Dr Simon Struthers (Winchester), Dr Ollie Ross (Southampton) and Dr Robert Moy have recently returned from a visit to Nepal in March, 2017, to pilot the running of an Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment Plus (ETAT+) course.

The course has been used with success for some time in Africa and deals with the identifying and management of the most common threats to newborn and child survival. They adapted the course which was run for 21 people (doctors, nurses, paramedics) at the Tansen Mission Hospital. They also trained the Tansen instructing team in the delivery of ETAT+. 

Nepal has been looking at ways to provide training for the integrated management of neonatal and childhood illness. The use of adapted ETAT+ training is well established for this purpose and its use in Nepal is to be explored further. 

Anyone interested in being involved or wanting to learn more should contact Dr Simon Struthers
Wessex Events

Generalising Poverty Mapping from Mobile Phones in Low-Income Countries

When  : 3rd May,  2017 : 12.00 - 13.00
Where : Building 44, Room 1087, Highfield, University of Southampton, 

What   : Organised by the Applied Spacial Modelling Group, University of Southampton, this talk will be given by Dr Jessica Steele. 

Poverty is one of the most important determinants of adverse health outcomes globally, a major cause of societal instability, and one of the largest causes of lost human potential. Traditional approaches to measuring and targeting poverty rely heavily on census data, which in most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are unavailable or out-of-date.

This study demonstrates how aggregated and anonymised call detail records (CDRs) from telecom companies in LMICs can be used to provide novel insight into the spatial distribution of poverty. 

Following the work of Steele et al. 2017 "Mapping poverty using mobile phone and satellite data" a subset CDR package of mobile data common to three LMICs was utilised to generalise poverty mapping across continents and cultures. This work evaluates the ability of a few easily replicable, nationally representative indicators calculated from users' mobile phone activity and behaviour to accurately predict poverty.

This talk will present results from this work, highlighting similarities and differences across countries for national-level poverty mapping using mobile phone data.

For more information about the event, contact Dr Jessica Steele


The Lancet :
Planetary Health 

Volume 1, Number 1  
What is it?

This month, The Lancet has launched The Lancet Planetary Health, a journal that will join The Lancet Public Health and The Lancet Global Health to provide a third pillar in an open-access programme covering the interplay between health and the determinants of health in our living and physical world.

What is planetary health? 

The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health defined planetary health in a way that is not too different from some people's concept of public health. It was defined as the health of human civilisations and the natural systems on which they depend. 

In plain man's language?

Think of human beings as a powerful and growing force behind the environmental change that we are witnessing today. Alterations to climate, water, land and ecosystems are challenging all life on our planet, with serious implications for human health. The way we think about the planet needs to be revised, as does the approach we take in interacting with it.

Why is this now so important?

Our species had long benefited from the exploitation of the planet's natural resources. But we have now gone beyond a sustainable and acceptable limit—environmental degradation has resulted in many negative outcomes.

Where does The Lancet Planetary Health fit in? 

Planetary health is a new interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach. It aims not only to investigate the effects of environmental change on human health, but also to study the political, economic, and social systems that govern those effects. It provides an opportunity to find alternative solutions for a better and more resilient future. 

The Lancet Planetary Health invites you to submit the best (and still missing) scientific evidence that can strengthen the case for policy action and can help write a new narrative for planetary health.

What sort of articles are in the inaugural edition? 

There is a wide range of articles (see "research" below) including 
  • Biodiversity loss and the ecology of infectious disease
  • Health co-benefits of climate action
  • Harnessing urbanisation for human wellbeing and planetary health
  • Food systems, nutrition, health and the environment
  • Impact of a changing climate on global stability, wellbeing, and planetary health
  • Understanding drought's impacts on human health
  • Efficiency, sufficiency, and consistency for sustainable healthy food
  • From big to small: the significance of smallholder farms in the global food system
and much more. 

Visit the website 

View the infographic 


Mine Action in Angola : The Role of the International Community 

When  : 26th April, 2017 : 16.00 - 17.30
Where : Westminster, UK Houses of Parliament 

What   : Angola is still not landmine-free despite progress led by international NGOs. The socio-economic impact of landmines in rural areas is high. 

Angola's efforts have been hit by the economic downturn, though the UK is to commit £100 million to mine action globally over the next three years,

See Network website for more information. 

Interdisciplinary approaches to inequality 

When  : 27th April, 2017 : 09.30 - 17.15
Where : LondonWhat   : This is the Biennial Conference of the London International Development Centre. 

Final programme now available 

Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 

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

What   : Organised by the King's Health Partnership for people interested in mental health, this conference will provide a number of parallel symposia on topics such as: reverse innovation and mutual learning; interventions in global mental health and psychosocial support; sustainability and scaling up; models of health partnerships; and helping the helpers.

See Network website for more information

Faculty of Public Health  Annual Conference

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

Tackling non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries?
  • What   : The Faculty of Publilc Health's Africa Special Interest Group (PH Africa) is hosting an interactive session at the Faculty's annual conference to review the role of UK Public Health in supporting low and middle income countries to tackle non-communicable diseases. 


Films and their role in health. 
  • What   : After two years working with the American Public Health Film Festival Chairs, the Faculty of Public Health  Specialist Interest Group in Film will provide a chance to view film excerpts, hear from an expert panel of film makers/producers and public health professionals.

Conference programme 

RSTMH  : Medal Winners Event

When  : 13th September, 2017 : 17.00 - 20.00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : This event recognises the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's medal winners from 2016. The key note speech will be given by Baron Peter Piot, who was awarded the prestigious Manson Medal. Dr Kebide Deribe, who won the Society's first emerging Leaders Award, will be among others presenting at the event. 

More information 

RSTMH : Topics in Infection

When  : 29th September, 2017 - 1st October, 2017
Where : Moshi, Tanzania

What   : This event of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is aligned to the East Africa Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Makerere University, Johns Hopkins and the University of Washington, and will bring together course attendees and alumni, RSTMH members and early career researchers from the region.  

RSTMH : East Africa Research Meeting

When  : 26th January, 2018
Where : London

What   : A one-day meeting, which the Society organises in association with Public Health England and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, that brings together microbiologists, consultants in infectious disease, infection control nurses and biomedical and clinical scientists to hear updates on recent 'hot topics' in all aspects of infectious disease. 

More information 
World Tobacco Day
31st May

Around 6 million people die from tobacco each year.
80% of deaths are in LIMC
This will grow to to 8 million if more effort is not made. 
Tobacco control is one of the most effective ways of reducing non-communicable disease deaths globally. 

Tobacco and nuclear free investments

Bank of New Zealand will exclude cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines, nuclear weapons and tobacco products from its international equity holdings. (TVNZ)



Epidemiology and cases diagnosed in the UK

Nigeria & Meningitis

Outbreak with at least 140 deaths (BBC) 

El Nino and floods in Peru

Flash appeal launched by UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs to deal with effects of floods. 

Situation Report No. 5 by UN OCHA

Speech Therapy and West Africa

Devex interview on issues related to providing speech therapy services in Burkina Faso

South Sudan

South Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in Uganda’s cities (IRIN) 

South Sudan drops plan for $10,000 work permit fee for aid staff (Reuters) 



: World Food
: Infographic 


UN scaling up food aid for people on brink of starvation (Voice of America) 

Infographic of the last 2 years of violence (UN OCHA)


Air quality, cars and developing countries

Geneva meeting on used cars exporting pollution to developing countries (Devex)

G7 : No consensus on climate change policy

US reservations prevent joint statement on climate change (The International : News) 

US Environment Protection Agency Chief says Paris climate agreement a bad deal for US(Reuters) 


Energy and Africa

AfDB ranks energy as top priority with focus on off-grid solutions (Devex)  


Film about the humanitarian needs in Sudan from UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs 


Film about the aftermath of the cyclone



Outgoing head of Red Cross delegation talks about his last 4 years in Myanmar (Devex)  


Family planning

Trump cuts all future funding from UN Population Fund (Devex)  
Around 6 million people die from tobacco each year.
80% of deaths are in LIMC
This will grow to to 8 million if more effort is not made. 
Tobacco control is one of the most effective ways of reducing non-communicable disease deaths globally. 

Flash appeal launched by UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs to deal with effects of floods. 

Situation Report No. 5 by UN OCHA 

Film about the humanitarian needs in Sudan from UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs 


Effective Supply Chains


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have issued a joint call for innovative and transformative solutions to build more effective supply chains in low- and middle-income countries around the world. 

Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains: A Grand Challenge for Development aims to address key challenges faced by supply chains in communities with limited resources. More effective supply chains can enable delivery of supplies, services and treatments that have the potential to save more than 6 million lives in the next 5 years. 

They seek solutions that are daring in premise and different from the approaches currently used. The ideas must be translatable to practical interventions that are accessible in resource-limited settings and have the potential to be scaled up or reproduced in multiple settings. 

Closing date Wednesday 3rd May, 2017. 

Alternative Funding Guide

Produced by the Tropical Health Education Trust, this guide provides information about many sources of alternative funding opportunities for Health Partnerships. 
How to create more jobs in Africa

Watch the video of David Luke, trade expert and Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, who explains why the continent's trade policies need reform.(ODI)

10 things to know about the global labour force

Creating more and better jobs is frequently identified as a top priority in global development, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are no exception.

This illustrated summary from the Overseas Development Institute sets out some of the key facts. 

Community Justice Programmes funded by DfID

Bangladeshi rural communities are often strongly patriarchal. Women in these communities, particularly those suffering from domestic violence, find it difficult to make crimes public.

If they go to a local leader or court, they are often seen as bringing shame on their family. If they do bring a case, the legal system can work against them. The traditional manner of resolving disputes, through a committee of respected elites (or, shalish), is often male-dominated and oppressive for women.

To tackle these challenges, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) provided £17 million in funding over a five-year period to local organisations aiming to support community legal services (CLS).

These organisations would have two main objectives: raise legal awareness and provide support to people with disputes – either by helping to resolve the disputes directly, or by referring them to legal aid. Many of those who brought disputes were women. Many suffered from domestic violence.


Toolkit : Countering Violent Extremism 

There is no consensus on what violent extremism is and how best to prevent or counter it. The term ‘violent extremism’ has become a catch-all for a number of phenomena, and there is considerable variation in how terminology is used. Violent extremism conflates belief and use of force. Critics also see the use of ‘extremist’ as always politically motivated: it can be used to denounce those that threaten the political status quo. However, its use to describe primarily Islamist groups has obscured the fact that extremist beliefs and support for violence are found across different cultures, religions, and political situations.

This topic guide introduces conceptual and practical approaches to violent extremism in different contexts. It introduces explanations of violent extremism put forward by different disciplines, how these approach the study of violent extremism and prominent myths and contradictions.

The Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era

Emerging data show that many Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) health systems struggle to consistently provide good quality of care and health system quality in lower-income countries has been under-defined and under-researched.

To galvanise research and action on quality of care in LMIC health systems, The Lancet Global Health has commissioned a major report: The Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era (HQSS Commission)

More information about the report

Website of the Commission

Podoconiosis : The World Atlas

Podoconiosis is also known as nonfilarial elephantiasis. It is a disease of the lymph vessels of the lower extremities that is caused by chronic exposure to irritant soils. It is the second most common cause of tropical lymphedema after filariasis, and it is characterized by prominent swelling of the lower extremities, which leads to disfigurement and disability. (Wikipaedia

The Lancet has received funding from the Wellcome Trust to develop a global atlas of podiosis as the global burden of the disease is not clearly defined. The project will also look at ways of integrating the work with other ongoing mapping of neglected tropical diseases. 

More information 

Community Health Workers : emerging from the shadows?

Lancet editorial on the contribution being made by Community Health Workers to preventive and treatment services. They are prominent in WHO's Strategy on Human Resources and many more are needed. 

In support of World TB Day, the publication International Health from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has published three papers : - 

Planetary Health

Biodiversity and health
Climate Change
Food, Farming and Health


King's Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships
University College London 
Overseas Development Institute 
University of Geneva : Emerging Viral Diseases Centre 
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
One Acre Fund 

Global Ageing :

When  : 24 - 25 .4.17
Where : Royal Society of Medicine

More information : Network website

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Inequality 

When  : 27.4.17 : 09.30 - 17.00
Where : Birkbeck College, London 

More information : Network website

International Primary Care 
Get Inspired, Get Involved

When  : 13th May, 2017
Where : Royal Free Hospital, London

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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