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30th June, 2017

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  • Bayesian assessment of precision in nationally representative cluster sample surveys (5th July) 
  • RSTMH strategy and funding opportunities 
  • Global Health, the NHS and Academia : Impact - A Shared Agenda?
  • Challenging the backlash against globalisation (July 4th) 
  • Young diaspora entrepreneurs Investing in Africa's Future (July 7th) 
  • The Paris climate commitments : propositions for national action (July 11th) 
  • Research mapping exercise at LIDC : Do we need one for Wessex? 
  • Myanmar
  • Yemen
  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia
  • Refugees : Angola, Solar power
  • Palestine
  • Mobile phones
  • Diaspora
  • Disabilities and Rights
  • Development 

  • Free videos on older people from RSM
  • WHO Framework for Tobacco Control
  • OpenStreetMap
  • Refugee movements
  • Cholera in the Yemen
  • Palestine expert comment
  • WHO and management of incidents 

  • Universal health coverage
  • Heart failure
  • Malaria
  • Diarrhoea
  • Mental health and natural disasters
  • Mental health and indigenous people
  • Sustainability 

  • WaterAid
  • Malaria Consortium 
  • Oxfam



Wessex Events

Bayesian assessment of precision in
nationally representative cluster sample surveys

When  :  5th July, 2017 : 12.00 - 13.00
Where :  Room 1087, Building 44, Highfield, University of Southampton

What   : This is one of the monthly meetings organised by the Applied Spacial Modelling Group at Southampton University. This event will lead by Jeremiah Nieves.

Jeremiah is a Postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Geography at the University.  His work includes being part of an international and interdisciplinary team involved in more general population modelling methods, research and applications of population data and spatial machine learning within the WorldPop group (www.worldpop.org).

His research interests include populations, spatio-temporal uncertainty, healthcare access disparities, network analysis, spatial modelling, and spatial analysis
Bring your own lunch. More information from Jessica Steele
Early Bird

 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 
: Strategy and funding opportunities

When  : 18th September, 2017 : Afternoon 
Where : Senate Room. Building 37, Highfield, University of Southampton

What   : The CEO of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Tamar Ghosh, will be visiting Southampton to talk about the RSTMH strategy and funding opportunities. 

More information : Michael Head (Senior Research Fellow, Research Investments in Global Health Study, Southampton)



Global Health, the NHS and Academia

"Impact" : A shared agenda?

What has impact to do with Health Partnerships?

Engaging in Global Health : The Framework for Voluntary Engagement in Global Health by the UK Health Sector" recommends standards of good practice for health partnerships. The 5 main areas are
  • Effectiveness : Including the key principles for effective voluntary engagements in global health
  • Organisational commitment : including th efital role of UK employers and professional associations
  • Support for volunteers : including preparation and support for the whole volunteer journey 
  • Health Values and ethics : the importance of an ethical approach and the values that motivate volunteers
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning highlighting the need to assess impact, improve effectiveness and learn from best practice. 

What has impact to do with with research?

The Research Excellence Framework, which is used to judge how well universities are performing, includes a section on impact. Impact is defined as "‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’

The Research Councils UK indicate that the impact of research can include 
  • Instrumental: influencing the development of policy, practice or service provision, shaping legislation, altering behaviour
  • Conceptual: contributing to the understanding of policy issues, reframing debates
  • Capacity building: through technical and personal skill development.

Is there anything that helps this to happen?

Knowledge exchange (two way exchange between researchers and research users to share ideas, research evidence, experiences and skills) is seen by the Research Councils UK as being fundamental to its understanding of what makes excellent research. Knowledge exchange could range from seminars and workshops to placements and collaborative research.
What can we conclude from this? 
  • NHS partnerships need to measure the impact of their work
  • Research groups need to include impact in their research
  • Knowledge exchange is helpful 
There looks to be a shared agenda here. 

What can the Network offer? 

      1. If you work in 
  • a Health Partnership and want to improve monitoring, evaluation and learning 
  • research and want your research to include measures of impact 
      2. If you want to set up a meeting to exchange knowledge around a
         particular topic  


Contact the Network and we will do what we can to help. 

Challenging the backlash against globalisation

When  : 4th July, 2017 : 09.30 - 11.00
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London
Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line

What   : Global trade policy and governance are in the spotlight. In the era of Brexit and Trump, the backlash against globalisation is growing and protectionist rhetoric is on the rise, challenging the conventional trade-led growth models that have sought to bring prosperity to developing countries for decades.

But this is not the only challenge facing global trade. New forms of trade and production are arising because of profound technological advances and new trade agreements. These, along with the need to advance public policy objectives in view of the Sustainable Development Goals, require reflection on existing trade governance provisions. Conventional trade-related support programmes need to adapt in order to more effectively realise the potential gains from trading within global value chains – the new trade reality.

This event features the launch of Future Fragmentation, a major publication from the Commonwealth Secretariat with contributions from ODI, that explores the changing nature of global trade in global value chains and the relative position of Commonwealth small states. Our expert panel discusses how to avoid damaging trade-offs between trade and technological advancement that risk harming the economic prospects of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

More information 

The 17th Africa Diaspora and Development Day

Young Diaspora Entrepreneurs
Investing in Africa's Future

When  : 7th July, 2017 : 18.00 - 21.30
Where : Africa Centre, London

What   : AFFORD’s 17th African Diaspora and Development Day (AD3) in partnership with The Africa Centre will focus on Business and Investment opportunities that young Africans in the diaspora can tap into. These include:
  •  Starting or expanding your business to an African country
  •  Establishing a cultural enterprise right where you are (clothes, restaurants, books, media etc.)
  •  Investing in Africa through various financial products or becoming an Angel Investor for much less than you think
  • Taking advantage of the rental needs on the continent and investing in property the right way 
Join us on an evening which will shift your thinking about the business and investment possibilities that await you on the African continent.

The Paris climate commitments:
propositions for national action

When  : 11th July, 2017 : 11.00 - 13.30
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London
Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line

What   : In December 2015, representatives of 195 governments concluded the historic Paris climate agreement, stating that 'climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet.'

Countries’ national commitments for climate action – termed the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – form a vital part of the Paris Agreement. Eighteen months after the Paris Agreement was concluded, many countries are forging ahead with detailed plans for delivering on their commitments. They are undeterred by the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. However, most climate-vulnerable countries require some degree of financing from international sources (public and private) to help them achieve their full aspirations.

At this event hosted by CDKN and ODI, experts discuss progress in planning for NDC implementation across seven countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Critically, the discussion focuses on how the NDCs are being mainstreamed into national development processes – so that climate change is not an isolated concern of environment ministries but owned across governments and beyond.

More information 

See also : Video of event on The Future of the Paris climate agreement  

Research and London International Development Centre (LIDC)  Does Wessex need something similar? 

Let us know what you think

South Sudan 
Refugees and Solar Power
Refugees and Angola
Mobile phones
Disabilities and Rights 
Free Videos on Older People
Royal Society of Medicine


WHO Framework for Tobacco Control

This paper from WHO documents how strengthened implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control interacts with other SDG targets. Long-considered a priority primarily for the health sector, tobacco control can accelerate sustainable development across its social, economic and environmental dimensions. Recommendations are provided to help integrate tobacco control into broader SDG implementation efforts at national and local levels, and to strengthen policy coherence.

Under the five-year FCTC 2030 project funded by the United Kingdom, UNDP is partnering with the WHO FCTC Secretariat to help strengthen WHO FCTC implementation in low- and middle-income countries.

Read the paper  


Mapping - OpenStreetMap Layers On HDX

Open StreetMap (OSM) Data is a valuable resource for people responding to humanitarian crises. OSM data on the location of buildings, waterways, and roads has been available on HDX for a few countries for some time but it was shared through a manual process which made it more difficult to maintain.

There has been release of a new integration that automates the regular flow of OSM data to HDX.

Refugee movements

Watch the movement of every refugee since 2000 : An interactive map (Fast Company)   


Cholera in the Yemen 

Expert comment from Chatham House 



50 stories of Palestinian life under occupation (UN OCHA)  

WHO and the Management of Incidents 

How WHO's incident management system works (Devex) 


Universal Health Coverage

Gravitating towards universal health coverage in the new WHO era (The Lancet - Global Health (Editorial))

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) 

Uncovering difference: a glimpse at patients with heart failure in low-income and middle-income countries (The Lancet - Global Health (Comment))


Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in Malaysia: a population-based case-control study to examine associated human and environmental factors. (The Lancet : Planetary Health) (Answer : Adult male farmers at most risk) 

Role of mass drug administration in elimination of Plasmodium falciparum malaria: a consensus modelling study (The Lancet- Global Health) 


Effect of community health clubs on child diarrhoea in western Rwanda: cluster-randomised controlled trial (The Lancet - Global Health) 

Mental Health and Natural Disasters

Social capital prevents cognitive decline (The Lancet : Planetary Health) 

Mental Health and Indigenous People 

Some of highest suicide rates are among indigenous people (Letter to WHO - The Lancet : Planetary Health) 


One planet regions: planetary health at the local level (The Lancet : Planetary Health) 



Senior Policy Analyst : Health and Hygiene (Closing date 2nd July, 2017) 

Malaria Consortium 

Monitoring and Evaluation Intern (Closing date 3rd July, 2017) 


Programme Researcher (Closing date 5th July, 2017) 


Digital Health 2017 

When  : 3 - 5.7.17
Where : London

More information : Network website 


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 

More information : Network website
Innovation and Sustainability - How to Make it Happen
RCPsych Sustainability Scholarship Programme

When  : 26th July, 2017
Where : Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

More information : Network website

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. 


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