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3rd February, 2017




  • Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership website now up and running


  • Open Evening : Improving Global Health through Leadership Development (15th February)
  • Applied Spacial Modelling for population, health and the environment Group (1st March) 


  • Medical Aid Films


  • Webinar : Creating an economy that works for women
  • Teachers and Peace Building : A Systematic Review
  • Film Screening : Myanmar Midwife : Midwifery in Rural Myanmar
  • What are the prospects for achieving equal access to water?
  • Book Launch : "Climate Change and the Health of Nations"


  • Data and Information : stronger systems for relief agencies
  • Abortion and USA aid
  • Brexit and Africa 
  • Obama Foundation


  • The Global Risks Report, 2017 (from the World Economic Forum)
  • Planning for the future : Is the Humanitarian System Fit for Purpose
  • Jordan Humanitarian Fund : 2016 Summary
  • Middle East and North Africa Funding Update
  • Learning to Hope : Travel to Myanmar in virtual reality 


  • Malaria : and mosquito control
  • Sanitation and mobile phones
  • Ophthalmology : Cataract remove and psychological outcomes in Vietnam
  • Diabetes : Expenditure in Bangladesh
  • Yaws : Comparison of treatments
  • Zika : Novel vector controls 
  • False drugs : and an epidemic of dystonic reactions in central Africa
  • Global Health Security :Laboratory Services, relationship to universal health coverage


  • Save the Children


  • Events, Learning, Jobs


Wessex News
Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership
New Website 

The Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership website is now up and running. The address is http://www.wgstroke.org

Formed in 2009, the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership (WGSP) has enabled collaboration between healthcare professionals from across Wessex, UK and from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Accra, Ghana.

The Ghanaian Stroke Care Lead said of the project in 2015 “I think WGSP has been one of the very solid partnerships I have ever seen because we have people come and donate and we have seen really great results. The Partnership started way back. We have something very positive to show and it’s still up and running. -  I am lost for words. I think it is the best thing that has happened to Korle Bu.” 

You can keep up to date with the Partnership's news though its . Blog

Wessex Events
Open Evening

Improving Global Health through Leadership Development

When  : 15th February, 2017 : 18.15 - 21.00
Where : Health Education England (Wessex), Southern House, Otterbourne, Winchester

What   : The ‘Improving Global Health through Leadership Development’ programme would like to invite you to attend the next evening event. 

During the evening returned Fellows will give presentations about the project work they were involved in during their placement followed by a question and answer session. Those confirmed to present so far  have recently completed their placements in Samlout, Cambodia; East London, Eastern Cape and George, Western Cape, South Africa.

The evening will start at 6.15pm with a buffet supper where you will have the chance to chat informally with Fellows and other people allied to the programme.  The event will be held at Southern House, Otterbourne, Winchester which is where the programme is run from - please find directions attached or for online directions CLICK HERE .

For more information, contact Deborah Watts.  (01962 718509)

Applied Spacial Modelling Group

Applied spatial modelling for population, health, and the environment

The applied spatial modelling seminar group at the University of Southampton meets once a month with an alternating focus on population/health and the environment. The topics discussed should be of wider interest and will give the opportunity for those using spatial modelling methods to interact and hear about approaches in other application areas.

The meetings are intended for everyone with an interest in the application of spatial analysis and modelling methods. All are welcome to join in – it’s a great opportunity to get together and discuss on-going research, methods, conferences, publications and more in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month, 12.00 - 13.00, building 44. 

The next meeting will be on 1st March, 2017. 

More information from Jessica Steele

Medical Aid Films
10th Anniversary 


How did Medical Aid Films come about?

Medical Aid Films grew out of the experiences of Midwife Fiona Laird, working in a refugee camp in Darfur in 2006.  Seeing babies dying needlessly from tetanus due to their cord being cut with a dirty knife, she sought a way to share simple but life-saving information with health workers and mothers in the community.

Together with co-founders, Professor Eric Jauniaux and Dr Natalie Greenwold, they had the idea to create a simple animation to inform community members about basic care during delivery of a newborn baby — 10 Steps to a Clean Delivery.

The organisation in its present form started 10 years ago. 

What does Medical Aid Films do?

The focus of its work is on Women's and Child Health.

It brings together health experts with film makers to create engaging, accessible films to give health workers and communities knowledge and skills about women’s and child health.

How does it go about this?

Key elements of the way it goes about it work are 

  • Partnership – from film development to delivery
  • Production – it creates accessible, engaging, high quality film content that has been subject to expert review
  • Innovation — where appropriate it uses new technologies to make content accessible to health workers and communities. Many films can be downloaded onto mobile phones. 
  • Making a difference — its work is tailored to particular audiences with an  understanding how people learn through film

Where does Medical Aid Films work?

It has core partnerships in 19 countries including 
  • Ethiopia
  • Somaliland
  • Uganda
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar 

How are the films being used in these countries and does it make a difference?

Examples of how the films are used include : 

Improving health worker knowledge and practice : Films are used in a programme with Empower Tanzania that trains Maasai women to be Community Health Educators.
  • Trainees showed an average 44% improvement in knowledge and practice after watching the films about nutrition, family planning and malaria prevention.
Increasing effectiveness of training : In ‘mother leader’ community education run by Food for the Hungry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, training including their films was compared with the same training without film.  Compared to the control group, those using film experienced major improvements:
  • Increase in mothers who could recall the dangers of closely spaced pregnancies (0.9% to 47%) and who could identify five signs of illness in a newborn (4.4% to 49.1%)
  • Increase in mothers reporting using a modern contraceptive method (2.6% to 21.9%)

Communities acting on what they have learned : In Zambia, external evaluation of film in community outreach education found films effective in the delivery of key maternal and child health messages and achieving knowledge change.
  • After watching the film, I told my friends and neighbours about what I had learned. We bought soy and nuts and ground it up to put into the children’s porridge. I had never done that before and didn’t know it was important. Since then, my children have been growing very fast
  • These are great films – we use them for group teaching. They are much more engaging than still PowerPoint slides or books. Moreover, as they are saved on the hospital computers, the staff can access them again after teaching has finished or watch on their phones. They are very useful to the practising midwives and students. People learn better when they watch and listen

Want to know more?

Webinar: creating an economy that works for women
When  : 21st February, 2017 : 14.00 - 15.00 

What   : Women continue to face economic disadvantage – whether through low wages, insecure and unsafe jobs, unequal access to social protection or a heavy unpaid care and domestic workload. Attempts to promote women’s economic empowerment are taking place in the context of significant changes in the world of work – including the emergence of the gig economy, the increased spread of technology, and a rise in informal work. Progress is further limited by economic policies which reinforce the undervaluation and marginalisation of women’s paid and unpaid work. 

What would a 21st century economy that empowers women look like? Can new trends such as the gig economy provide the kinds of jobs women need? What does it take to lift women’s unpaid care burdens?

Ahead of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Overseas Development Institute, London, has joined with the Gender and Development Network to organise this webinar exploring what needs to change to make the economy work for women. It seeks to identify concrete proposals for government action which can be taken to the CSW in March in New York.

Key topics for discussion include:
  • Changing work patterns and their implications for women
  • The role of governments in creating an enabling macroeconomic environment
  • Unpaid care and domestic work
  • Identifying concrete proposals for priority action by governments at international and national level
More information and register for the Webinar  

Teachers and Peace Building : A Systematic Review 

When  : 22nd February, 17.30 - 19.00
Where : Institute of Education, London

What   : This will be a presentation by Dr Lindsey Horner, senior lecturer in International and Global education at Bath Spa University. 

Focusing on teachers and their role in peacebuilding the presentation will map existing literature to shed insight on teacher identity, roles and agency in conflict affected areas, relating this to the project’s orientating framework of a just peace, drawing on conceptions of social justice.  Exploring the debates around, for example, educational outcomes, accountability, governance and teacher education it asks what role teachers, as key agents in education systems, have in promoting peace, social justice, reconciliation and mitigating violence. The presentation will also highlight some of the dilemmas and contradictions in the literature and field, acknowledging the double-sided nature of teacher agency which can equally promote or obstruct peace and the complexities of the contexts in which they work.

More information
Myanmar Midwife : Midwifery in Rural Myanmar

Film Screening 

When  : 27th February, 2016 : 17.15 - 18.30 
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : Every year, approximately one million women in Myanmar give birth; of these, more than 2,400 die from pregnancy related causes. In addition, 33,000 newborns die annually within the first month of their lives. Most of these deaths are preventable.

The scarcity of skilled health workers and health facilities in rural Myanmar mean that government-trained midwives are obliged to provide not only mother-and-child but also primary health care. Myanmar Midwife takes an eye-opening look at the situation for midwife Nwe Ni Cho, who serves seven villages with a total population of 2,760 people in the Yangon River delta two hours to the north-east of the country’s former capital.

The screening will be followed by a short film “one year later” and a discussion with the film producer Carine Weiss.

The event is free with no ticket required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. 

More information

What are the prospects of achieving equal access to water?

When  : 1st March, 2017 : 15.30 - 17.00 
Where : London International Development Centre (LIDC) London

What   : The is the fifth in the LIDC Seminar Series and there will be 2 speakers. 

Prof Peter Mollinga : Peter is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS and interim director of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) since October 2016. His research focuses on the relationship between water and development. It focuses on agricultural water use (irrigation), and its intensifying interlinkage with urban and industrial water use, with a geographical focus in South Asia and Central Asia. Theoretical emphases are on: the cultural political economy of (agricultural) water use, management and governance; the comparative study of the politics of water;
processes of boundary work in the water resources sector.

Prof Adriana Allen : Adriana is Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainabilit yat the The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, where she leads the DPU Research Cluster on Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience (EJUR) and teaches in the MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD). Originally trained as urban planner in Argentina, her native country, she specialised over the years in the fields of urban environmental planning and political ecology. She has over 25 years international experience in research and consultancy undertakings in almost 20 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Both as an academic and practitioner, her work focuses on the interface between development and environmental concerns in the urban context of the global south, and more specifically on fostering transformative links between environmental justice and urban sustainability and resilience.

Book Launch

'Climate Change and the Health of Nations'

When  : 1st March, 2017 : 17.00 - 19.00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : This event is being held to launch the 'Climate Change and Health of Nations' book, authored by the late Professor Tony McMichael, who made seminal contributions to our understanding of how global environmental change has affected human health. The event will be introduced by Richard Horton and Prof. Andy Haynes will make some brief remarks. 

Data and Information  (Don't forget the Missing Maps project and the workshops that Southampton Students run to map remote areas to help NGOs in areas particularly prone to conflict. For information about events contact Jo Wilkin.) 

Abortion Brexit and Africa  Obama Foundation
The Global Risks Report, 2017,
from the World Economic Forum 

The Global Risks Report 2017 features perspectives from nearly 750 experts on the perceived impact and likelihood of 30 prevalent global risks as well as 13 underlying trends that could amplify them or alter the interconnections between them over a 10-year timeframe.

See the report and watch the press conference 
Planning for the future : Is the Humanitarian System Fit for Purpose?
The scale and complexity of the conflicts and disasters confronted by humanitarians and the populations they aim to help leave them bruised and sometimes abused. There is a widespread feeling of frustration among humanitarian organisations and donors, both in the field and at their headquarters. 

Imperfect as it is, buffeted by politics and chronically underfunded, humanitarian action remains essential for people in extremis. The question that Planning from the Future (PFF) raises, therefore, is how will these tensions and interactions be managed in the future – twenty or thirty years from now? What do we need to do now to prepare for then – for a humanitarian future that will be paradigmatically different from the past?  

This well constructed report by King's College London, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Tufts University. It looks at the past, reviews the present and makes recommendations for the future. 

See the report

Jordan Humanitarian Fund: 2016 Summary


In 2016, the Jordan Humanitarian Fund supported 20 partners and 33 projects to deliver assistance to almost 500,000 people in need. 

Click here to read more about the fund in 2016, including its top donors and sectors.

Middle East and North Africa Funding Update

Click here for the infographic
Learning to Hope  : Travel to Myanmar in virtual reality

UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs new virtual reality film, Learning to Hope, transports people to Myanmar's Rakhine State, where over 120,000 people continue to live after their homes were burned down over four years ago. Watch the film here, where you can visit a camp for internally displaced persons and hear the voices of children affected by the crisis. 


Insecticide-treated net effectiveness at preventing Plasmodium falciparum infection varies by age and season (Malaria Journal/BioMed Central) 

Comparison of two adult mosquito sampling methods with human landing catches in south-central Ethiopia (Malaria Journal/BioMed Central) 


A Mobile (phone) Platform Enables Unprecedented Sanitation Uptake in Zambia(PLOS) 


Multisite prospective investigation of psychological outcomes following cataract surgery in Vietnam (BMJ Global Health) 


Healthcare use and expenditure for diabetes in Bangladesh (BMJ Global Health) 


A Single Dose Oral Azithromycin versus Intramuscular Benzathine Penicillin for the Treatment of Yaws-A Randomized Non Inferiority Trial in Ghana (PLOS) 


Novel Vector Control Approaches: The Future for Prevention of Zika Virus Transmission? (PLOS) 

False drugs 

An epidemic of dystonic reactions in central Africa (The Lancet Correspondence) 

Global Health Security 

Sustainable clinical laboratory capacity for health in Africa (The Lancet)  

Synergies and tensions between universal health coverage and global health security: why we need a second ‘Maximizing Positive Synergies’ initiative (BMJ Global Health) 


Save the Children

Deputy Head of Partnership Development (Closing date 12th February, 2017)




Brexit and the NGO operating environment

When  : 6th February, 2017 : 15.30
Where : BOND, London

What   : Brexit hasn't happened yet, but already the operating environment for NGOs and businesses has been affected. Bond is bringing together policy and finance experts to discuss how NGOs in the UK can adapt to the ever-changing political and funding landscapes.

We'll look at the short term and long term, the direct and indirect implications NGOs need to consider, and how NGOs can manage uncertainty as well as practical issues, such as currency management and the need to open offices in EU member states.

More information and to register

Disability goes global : The repercussions of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) for global health

When  : 9th February, 2017 : 12:45 to 14:00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : The presentation seeks to reflect on the impact of the International Year up to the present day by raising the question as to how the concept of disability may be understood in a multicultural world.

1981 was designated by the United Nations the International Year of Disabled Persons, to be followed by the International Decade of Disabled Persons (1982-1993). It was the first occasion to place disability into a global context by endorsing it authoritatively as a human rights issue.

It was in preparation for the International Year that, in 1980 WHO produced the first classification of disability designed for universal application. This classification was based on an ideological framework which reflected the standards of the modern ‘Western world’. It focused on the individual and assumed that equality, independence, self-reliance and personal self-fulfilment are universally desirable and applicable values and that dependence constitutes a problem. 

The conscience of the international community was stirred during the International Year, spawning numerous governmental and non-governmental initiatives in ‘developing’ countries. These initiatives brought into sharp relief the notion that focusing on individual rights runs contrary to accepted norms and practices found in many developing countries, where the disabled person is seen as part of a larger whole: the care-giving family and kinship networks.

More information 

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

Global health partnerships: Buzzword or Breakthrough?

When  : 22nd February, 2017 : 18.30 – 21.00 9
Where : Royal Society of Medicine, London

What   :  The UK government has announced its intention to boost partnerships between UK institutions and their counterparts in the developing world, but do they really work? This meeting will hear speakers from the UK and low income countries talk about their experiences of DFID’s Health Partnership Scheme.

The event will discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of health partnerships and how they can contribute to health systems strengthening. The speakers will discuss their own experiences of the Health Partnership Scheme and a broader view of development partnerships in the coming year.

Chair for the evening will be Andy Leather (Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health)

Speakers will include 

  • Dr Matt Halkes (Consultant Anaesthetist and Director of Education Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Opoku Ware Ampomah (Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Director of the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana)
  • Darian Stibb, (Executive Director of The Partnering Initiative)
More information and to register 

Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development 
New Thinking for a Better World 

When  : 1st - 3rd March, 2017 
Where : Bonn, Germany

What   : The Global Festival of Ideas will be the world’s first Playable Conference.  Mixing digital platforms with real-world conversations and debate, delegates will explore different ways of collaborating across sectors, test the unknown by trialling new ideas in a safe space, and ultimately find a new perspective on established ways of working.

Find out more

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   
Digital Health 2017: Global Public Health, Personalised Medicine, and Emergency Medicine in the Age of Big Data

When  : 3rd - 5th July, 2017
Where : London

What   : At Digital Health 2017, emergency and humanitarian medicine addressing acute needs of natural and manmade disasters will leverage opportunities created by geo-located big data, mobile technology and crowdsourcing for improving resilience, early warning and response to disasters and emergencies.

The conference will cover a wide spectrum of subjects including communities of practice and social networks, analytics and engagement with tracking and monitoring wearable devices, big data, public health surveillance, persuasive technologies, epidemic intelligence, participatory surveillance, disaster and emergency medicine, serious games for public health interventions and automated early identification of health threats and response.

Poster and paper submissions are now being requested. 

More information 

Resilience Conference

“The Transformation we want: Towards a global policy environment for resilient futures”

When  : 21st - 23rd August, 2017
Where : Stockholm, Sweden

What   : If you are researching policies that support resilience and social-ecological transformations to sustainability, the UN Research Institute for Social Development(UNRISD) would like to hear from you.  It is organising a session on “The Transformation we want: Towards a global policy environment for resilient futures” and is seeking abstracts on policy reforms and innovations which will produce environmentally sustainable and socially just solutions. 

More information 

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 

Director General for the WHO : Podcast

The upcoming election of the next Director-General of the World Health Organization poses a number of questions. Just how critical is this election for the future of the UN health agency? How will the member states choose among those vying for the job, and what kind of leader does this institution need at this moment? 

As WHO shortlists the candidates this week, trimming the field from six to three, David Heymann from Chatham House talks with three leading experts in global health governance about the election and its implications.

Listen to the podcast 

America’s International Role Under Donald Trump

While there is great uncertainty about America’s foreign policy under the new president, the environment in which Donald Trump takes office is more concrete. This new report examines the most significant areas of foreign policy for the new administration: defence, economic policy, trade, energy and climate change, China, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Afghanistan and Latin America. It considers the international context, outlines the specific constraints under which Trump’s administration will operate and considers the likely paths the administration will take.

Link to short report and other reports available 

Suffering in Silence 

New report by CARE International describes 10 under-reported humanitarian crises in 2016. It features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.

Adapting global health aid in the face of climate change

WHO estimates an additional 250 000 mortalities between 2030 and 2050 will be attributable to climate-associated increases in malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea, respiratory disease, water inaccessibility, and heat stress.1 Spillover effects on state and regional security are inevitable. The World Economic Forum has identified climate change as the single greatest threat to global stability because of its considerable consequences on the health and stability of developing nations.

Read more in the Lancet Comment  

Trachoma In Morocco, the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem becomes a reality

After several decades of community-based interventions and surveillance, on Nov 15, 2016, Morocco was recognised by WHO as having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem.1 A formal ceremony, involving the handover of a letter of recognition from Margaret Chan, WHO's Director-General, marked the occasion.

Read more in the Lancet Comment


Lake Chad Basin: Humanitarian Needs and Requirement Overview (Report) 

Violence, insecurity, climate change and environmental degradation continue to converge in the Lake Chad Basin, creating Africa's most acute humanitarian crisis. An estimated 11 million people need humanitarian aid to survive in 2017, and US$1.5 billion is required to provide support in sectors such as food security, nutrition and health

Read the report from Reliefweb 

Return to the Unknown (Photo Story)
Following the outbreak of conflict in the Central African Republic, more than 100,000 Chadians returned to their home country. Having fled Chad decades before, many had to settle in returnee sites in the south of the country. This photo story shows their plight and how the Central Emergency Response Fund is supporting returnees, refugees and host communities in Chad.

See the photo story

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine UNICEF Oxford Policy Management
  • Senior Consultant (Conflict, Security and Violence) (Closing date 10th February, 2017) 
ONE Campaign
 International Medical Corps

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