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22nd September, 2017

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Wessex News 
  • Sustainability 
  • Southampton Green Ward Winners
  • MsC in Sustainability, Southampton
  • Need advice on developing a research bid - let us know
  • Southampton speaker at Global Anaesthesia conference
  • Visit by RSTMH to Southampton 
Wessex Events
  • IGH through Leadership Development Open Evening (27th September)
  • Understanding drivers of vegetation conditions in East Africa rangelands (4th October)
  • Charity fund raising event (7th October)
  • NCD Care in Rural Ethiopa : Meeting the Challenge (12th October)  
  • RSTMH Strategy 2017 - 2022
  • Addressing global burden of obesity (27th September)
  • Trade and investment in Africa after Brexit (25th September)
  • Trade after Brexit : Global Britain and developing countries (2nd October) 
  • Waking up to Climate Change (5th October)
  • Global Anaesthesia : A Platform for Development (16th October, 2017) 
  • Challenges of child refugee health : Everyone's responsibility (17th October)
  • Creating a sustainable toolkit for eye healthcare
  • AFFORD and Crowdfunding

  • Green Nurse Network launched
  • THET Spotlight
  • Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Newsletter
  • Aid : DfID turns 20; Resolve health initiative
  • Trade : Put people first
  • UN OCHA : Editor's pick
  • Refugees and children 
  • Nigeria and cholera
  • Ethiopa Humanitarian Bulletin
  • Congo Cinderella Crisis
  • South Sudan : Humanitarian Bulletin and Snapshot, Response Plan review, 
  • Mexico earthquake
  • Bangaladesh : Rohingya and Refugee camps
  • Global Food Prices
  • New videos from RSM
  • Stockholm World Water Week
  • 10 things to know about future of water and sanitation
  • Pollution : Need for a global strategy
  • Recycling and climate change : The circular economy
  • Funding : Red Cross and Humanitarian Impact Bond; Implications of market crises on humanitarian action
  • Malaria : Rapid diagnostic tests and targeting; Outbreak in Rio d Janeiro 
  • Pollution : Air and Vanadium in China
  • Earthquakes and cardiovascular disease
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • London School of Economics
  • MadicMobile



Wessex News
Green Ward Winners Announced
at University Hospital Southampton

The winning project has been announced at University Hospital Southampton. Teams were competing for a £500 prize to spend on further green innovation.

The Acute Medical Unit won the prize for its project, “Reduction in Duplicate Orders of Medicine”.

The Unit's green team (made up of clinical staff) reduced the number of duplicate medicine orders from patients transferring onto the ward. 

Their first step was to identify why duplicate orders were occurring. Following this, the team liaised within their ward to ensure that staff would double check medicine for new patients to avoid delayed doses and duplicate orders. Savings from this project could be upward of £9000 and almost 1.5tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

The competition was particularly tough this year with runner-up projects such as the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit reducing patient bed-days with an early mobilisation project to help faster recovery of patients.


Did you know that the University of Southampton
offers a 
MSc in Sustainability? 

The course, full time over a year or part time over 27 months, addresses critical global challenges including:
  • enabling population health and wellbeing in an increasingly stressed planet
  • delivering food, water and energy to an urbanising world
  • understanding the present and future development impacts of patterns of settlement, land use and 
  • land cover change
  • understanding the inter-dependencies between people and the planet
  • preparing for the impact of climate change and weather extremes on people and places.
Visit the course website for more information

Global Challenges Research Fund
Developing a Winning Bid 

The London International Development Centre (LIDC) is running an event to help researchers prepare a successful bid. This is open only to the London Colleges associated with the LIDC. If anyone in Wessex would like similar training, then please contact the Network

Global Anaesthesia

Dr Ollie Ross to present at Global Anaesthesia Conference on Global Anaesthesia Day. See below for more information. 
Visit by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to Southampton
and Presentation of Resin Results

Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow at Southampton, organised a visit by Tamar Ghosh, Chief Executive of the RSTMH, on 18th September to meet people involved in global health. In the afternoon Tamar presented the new strategy (see below) in the Senate Room, Highfield and Michael presented the results of the Resin Study of research investments in Africa. 
Wessex Events

Open Evening 

Improving Global Health

through Leadership Development

When  : 27th September, 2017 : 18.15 - 21.00
Where : Health Education England, Southern House, Otterbourne, Winchester

What   : The Improving Global Health through Leadership Development programme holds regular open evenings which provide an opportunity to learn about the IGH programme and to hear about the experiences of people who have returned from placements. 

The programme provides a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills working in a low or middle income country. Wessex is privileged to have this programme on its doorstep as there are no comparable programmes in the rest of the UK. 

Food will be available from 18.15 and the event will begin at 19.00. Future open evenings will be held on 
  • 14th December, 2017
  • 8th February, 2018 
Contact Deborah Watts (deborah.watts@hee.nhs.uk) for more information. 

Lunchtime Seminar Series - Southampton
Understanding drivers of vegetation conditions
in East Africa rangelands

When  : 4th October, 2017 : 12.00 - 13.00 
Where : Room 1087, Building 44, Highfield Campus, Southampton University

What    : This talk is part of the lunchtime series of the Applied Spatial Modelling Group of the Geography Department, University of Southampton. . 

Rangeland degradation is a growing issue around the world. Main drivers of rangeland conditions include population growth and land use change, and increasing climate variability is likely to put more pressure on these fragile ecosystems. East Africa is considered one of the most food-insecure areas of the world, and it is a region where extreme climate events are increasing in number. Rangelands represent the key resource for livestock populations, and better understanding how they respond to global changes would allow preventing ecosystems degradation and food scarcity.

Francesco D'Adamo will talk about her research to investigate how rangeland vegetation trend varied between 1982 and 2015 in East Africa and what the next steps in the study will be. 

More information : Contact Jessica Steele 
Charity Fund Raiser for Adventure Aid UK

When  : 7th October, 2017 : 19.00 - 23.00
Where : 3, Gracie Mews, 1453, Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH10 7DB

What   : The local Wimborne charity Adventure Aid UK is holding the evening where there will be Indian food, Indian dancing and stalls with Indian ware to buy. Adventure Aid UK has supported the building of an orphanage in India, together with jeep, scooter, furniture, kitchen equipment, food and essential supplies. This year the charity will provide school books, stationary and children's clothes. 

If you would like to attend, please contact Summer Abrahamssummer_time83@hotmail.com. 
Primary Care and Population Sciences Seminars 

NCD Care in Rural Ethiopia : Meeting the Challenge 

When  : 12th October : 13.00 - 14.00 
Where : Southampton General Hospital, (Room to be confirmed)

What   : To date the global health community’s activities have been focused primarily on the eradication of infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health. As a result Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have been  greatly neglected particularly in low-income countries. 

​In Ethiopia, NCDs are becoming increasingly prevalent among the rural population. The resulting morbidity and mortality burden is high, with 30% of all deaths due to NCDs and their complications.​
David Phillips, Professor of Metabolic and Endocrine Programming, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit. University of Southampton.& Andrew Mortimore, Consultant in Public Health and Visiting Fellow at PCPS University of Southampton will be talking about their work in Ethiopa and the THET Ethiopia NCD Alliance (THENA). 

Contact Elena for more information

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Strategy 2017 - 2022

Tamar Ghosh introduced the new RSTMH strategy to an audience in Southampton on 18th September,. She referred to her experiences of people she had met in India 20 years ago, which motivate her still. One was the alienation of a man with leprosy whose life as he knew it had changed with the diagnosis. The other was seeing a boy who had come to the hospital whose sick sister had died on the journey as the health care facility was so far away. 

What does the RSTMH do? The RSTMH began 100 years ago  and is dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. It has a network of members across the world and facilitates research, shares knowledge, guides lifelong careers and drives impact. 

It plays a role in all stages of global health practice from initial research and development, publication and showcasing, implementation, debate and impact. It provides funding and dissemination of multidisciplinary research and has a calendar of meetings and events. 

It published 2 peer reviewed journals 
  • Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • International Health 
Strategy 2017 - 2022 : Following a widespread consultation exercise, it has produced a revised vision and mission. This has identified 6 areas of tropical medicine and global health where it is felt more attention is needed and where the RSTMH can usefully contribute. These are 
  • Neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on their overlap with non-communicable diseases and the sustainable development goals
  • Malaria, with a particular focus on drug resistance
  • One Health and wider planetary health. The consideration of human health alongside animal health, and the environment, in the context of social, economic and political factors
  • Topical issues including, but not limited to emerging diseases
  • Drug resistant infections
  • Areas where it feels its unique and independent role as convenor would be useful 
Its overarching approach for the next 5 years is to better understand and utilise the collective knowledge and expertise of its member and networks and to build on its existing strengths and realise its potential. 

Contact : Tamar Ghosh can be contacted at tamar.ghosh@rstmh.org.uk


Addressing the Global Burden of Obesity and Undernutrition through Integrated Systems Thinking and Policy Coherence 

When  : 27th September, 2017 : 17.30 - 19.00
Where : Tait Building (City, University of London) 

What   : The Centre for Food Policy’s monthly Food Thinkers series aims to advance the thinking and practice of integrated approaches to food policy. This meeting welcomes two visitors from Australia and New Zealand (Prof. Boyd Swinburn and Dr Anne Marie Thow)  who are are exploring integrated approaches to improving nutrition globally. They will explore frameworks that can facilitate a more integrated approach to addressing the problem of the co-existence of obesity and undernutrition across the globe.

More information 
Trade and investment in Africa after Brexit

When  : 25th September, 2017 : 16.00 - 18.00
Where : Brighton

What   : The UK’s decision to exit the European Union has put a spotlight on our trade and investment relationships. For developing nations in Africa, trade can be an important means to reduce poverty and achieve development goals – and the UK is a crucial partner in this process.

What does Brexit mean for Africa? How can the UK ensure that African nations benefit and do not lose out from the changes underway? What more can we do to help our developing nation partners achieve inclusive growth and prosperity?

This event is co-hosted by ODI and Trade Out of Poverty and is a side event of the Labour Party Conference. 

More information or e-mail h.nomm@odi.org.uk 

Trade after Brexit:
Global Britain and developing countries

When  : 2nd October, 2017 : 08.00 - 0930 
Where : Manchester 

What   : Trade is a vital driving force for growth and poverty reduction in poor countries. It has the potential to turn the tide on human development and build prosperous, stable democracies so they no longer require external aid support. The UK has already recognised the huge potential of trade and has prioritised it in its international post-Brexit approach. However, many of the poorest countries in the world still face significant barriers to their ability to trade and are therefore unable to secure vital progress for their people.

As the UK reshapes its trade policy in light of Brexit, this is a critical time to examine the opportunities for the UK to support its existing and new developing countries partners to trade more and trade better. Crucially, this includes putting the interests of the poorest countries at the heart of all trade negotiations, amplifying their voices on an international stage and rejecting emerging protectionist trends. Taking an ambitious, ‘gold standard’ approach will deliver ‘win-wins’ for both poor countries and the UK.

This is a side event at the Conservative Party Conference. 

More information or e-mail h.nomm@odi.org.uk 

Waking up to Climate Change

When  : 5th October, 2017 
Where : Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

What   : What is climate change? What is causing it? Why is it now an urgent issue for us all? As one of the world’s leading health services, planetary scale climate change is something the NHS cannot choose to ignore.

Join us on a journey to explore the complexities of climate science and intricacies of global connectedness. Hear how our NHS is responding. Understand why we must lead in integrating sustainable practices into all that we do. Join the discussion and help shape the conversation on how we build our sustainable NHS.

This one day conference, organised by Dr Tim Malone, is a joint collaboration between the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, the University of Exeter, Devon Local Nature Partnership, and the NHS England and Public Health England Sustainability and Health Ambassadors for Devon.

Global Anaesthesia: A Platform for Development

When  : 16th October, 2017 (World Anaesthesia Day) 
Where : Royal College of Anaesthetists, London

What   :  This event will cover a range of global issues related to anaesthesia and speakers will include Lord Nigel Crisp, who will talk about Global Health Partnerships and Andy Leather from King's, who will be talking about The Lancet Commission.

Also presenting will be Dr Ollie Ross, from Southampton, who will talk about the re-launch of e-SAFE, an educational tool to support anaesthetists working in resource-limited areas.

This event is open to everybody, whether you have had first-hand experience of working in a low resource setting, if you are considering doing so in the future, or if you are interested in Global Health more broadly, the programme has something to offer.  Attendees will gain an understanding of the wider issues surrounding global anaesthesia and surgery, and how individuals might have greater impact working in partnership with other institutions. 


More information and to apply for a place 

The challenges of child refugee health:
Everyone’s responsibility

(Paediatrics & Child Health Section of the Royal Society of Medicine)

When  : 17th October, 2017 : All day
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London 

What   : This is one of the few multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral events aimed not only at informing health practitioners about the migration crisis but also aimed at equipping them to be able to respond through their work in the clinic service improvement and advocacy.

The event provides a unique opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure to hard to obtain curriculum competences in public, mental and global health.
  • Obtain personal insight into the migrant experience of health and illness.
  • Network with leading players in migrant issues.
Speakers will include 
  • Dr Sarah Dickson, Doctors of the World
  • Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries, Lecturer in International Relations,
  • Department of War Studies, King’s College London
  • Dr Aula Abbara, Project Lead for Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Infectious Diseases Registrar, St Mary’s Hospital
  • Emma Jane Kirby, BBC Journalist and Author of The optician of Lampedusa
  • Dr Frank Arnold, Medical Justice and Medact
  • Dr David McCoy, Professor of Global Public Health,
  • Queen Mary University London and Director of Medact
More information and to book a place 

Seeing is Believing 

Creating a sustainability toolkit
for eye healthcare

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has been awarded a Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund grant of $50,000 to develop a tool to measure The Triple Bottom Line for Community Cataract Services worldwide. This project will be a fantastic chance to engage some of the international eye community in sustainability.

Discussion, resources and updates on this project and wider sustainability in eye care are at the Sustainable Eye Care Network: 

AFFORD-GlobalGiving Diaspora Accelerator Crowdfunding

AFFORD offers African Diaspora the opportunity to supplement locally raised funding with crowdsourcing. 

More information 
Sustainability : Green Nurse Network launched 
  • The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare  has launched the Green Nurse Network in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing, the Faculty of Heath & Human Sciences at Plymouth University and Medact. 
  • More information 
THET Centre for Sustainable Healthcare  Aid Trade  Editor's Pick : UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs 

  • New Chief, Mark Lowcock, assuming post
  • South Asia flooding
  • Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan Monitoring 
  • Film on Humanitarian needs continuing in Iraq 
  • and more 
Refugees  Nigeria Ethiopia Congo  South Sudan  United Nations Secretary General appoints Alain Noudéhou as new Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.
  • Mid-year review of the 2017 South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan finds increased needs.
  • South Sudan's longest-running cholera outbreak declines.
  • Fighting between Government, opposition forces increases in Greater Equatoria region.
Mexico Earthquake  Bangladesh  Global food prices 
New Videos on RSM Website

The Royal Society of Medicine has added new videos to its website including lectures on 
  • The UK and Emergency Humanitarian Assistance - the past, present and future 
  • Kunduz One Year On : MSF reflections on medical impartiality 
  • Key issues in negotiating civil-military common spaces, cultures and trust 
WATER: Takeaways from Stockholm World Water Week
WATER : 10 things to know about the future of water and sanitation
Recycling and Climate Change


Rapid diagnostic tests linked to improved targeting of antimalarial drugs, but more antibiotic prescriptions (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) 

Outbreak of human malaria caused by Plasmodium simium in the Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro: a molecular epidemiological investigation (The Lancet global Health) 


Air pollution and hospital admissions, China

Effects of ambient PM1 air pollution on daily emergency hospital visits in China: an epidemiological study (The Lancet Planetary Health) 

Vanadium and birth outcomes, China

Association of adverse birth outcomes with prenatal exposure to vanadium: a population-based cohort study (The Lancet Planetary Health) 

Earthquakes and cardiovascular disease (New Zealand) 

Living in areas with different levels of earthquake damage and association with risk of cardiovascular disease: a cohort-linkage study (The Lancet Planetary Health) 


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine  London School of Economics  MedicMobile 


RSTMH Topics in Infection 

When  : 29.9.17 - 1.10.17 
Where : Moshi, Tanzania 
What   : See Network website 

Cancer Control in Middle Income Countries

When  : 2nd October, 2017 : 08.30 - 17.00
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London
What   : See Network website 

Short Term Volunteering : Does it do more harm than good?

When  : 11th October, 2017 
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : See Network website 

Supply Versus Demand?
The Political Economy of Trade, Tobacco Farming and Tobacco Control 

When  : 11th October, 2017 : 12.30 - 14.00 
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
What   : See Network website 
The Challenge of Child Refugees 

When  : 17th October, 2017 
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London 
What   : See Network website 

Annual Conference : Tropical Health Education Trust 

When  : 23rd - 25th October, 2017
Where : Resource for Health, London 
What   : See Network website 

Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa :
National and Regional Developments 

When  : 26th - 27th October, 2017 
Where : Queen Mary University, London
What   : See Network website

Christmas Lecture : Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

When  : 13th December, 2017 : 17.15 - 19.00 
Where : Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 

What   : See Network website

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