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5th May, 2017

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  • New Partnership between Ghana Stroke Partnership and Improving Global Health through Leadership Development Programme
  • Visit to Lira, Uganda, by Poole Africa Link
  • Have your say on the future of the Network : Let us know what you think
  • What to expect from the African Diaspora over the next 20 years (5th May)
  • Meet the new Secretary-General of the United Nations (10th May) 
  • Refugees : Are jobs the answer? (11th May)
  • Ice and Sea : Culture and Geography (11th May)
  • China's Experience in Confronting the Global Environmental Crisis (11th May)
  • Preventable Catastrophes : International Response to Humanitarian Crises and Famine (12th May) 
  • Nepal and aid agencies
  • Ethiopia deaths
  • Europe's SO2 and India's rainfall
  • More money for neglected tropical diseases
  • World Banks Meeting
  • Networks
  • Post partum haemorhage treatment
  • Yemen
  • Famine interactive site
  • Making things happen

  • 30 scholarships for sub-Saharan Africa
  • Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa doctorates
  • Other sources of funding

  • The pursuit of collective outcomes
  • Inequalities
  • Population movements : Mali
  • Centre for Humanitarian Data
  • Nutrition
  • Healthcare should not be a casualty of war
  • Medical Aid Films

Focus on research from the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy (GHP3) Southampton
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Nutrition and Children
  • Child Mortality
  • Home Births
  • HIV
  • Link to more GHP3 research 

  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Every1Mobile
  • One Acres Fund



Wessex News

New Partnership between the Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership and the Improving Global Health through Leadership Development Programme
Amelia (physiotherapist) and Debbie (nurse) arrived in Ghana at the beginning of January, 2017, to start their 8 week Improving Global Health Fellowship - a new partnership between the Wessex Ghana Stroke Project and the Improving Global Health Scheme at Health Education Wessex.  They travelled to Ghana with Sarah Easton, Speech Therapist, and were joined by Dr Lucy Sykes.

Visit to Lira, Uganda
The fighting in South Sudan has made it unsafe for UK staff involved in the Poole Africa Link (PAL) to continue visiting the hospital in Wau and a new link has been developed with Lira Hospital in Uganda. A team from Poole visited again at the end of March and a partner teaching approach is being developed whereby a PAL teacher and Lira lecturer work together to deliver lessons to the students. 
In addition to this a buddying system is being developed between students at Lira University and Bournemouth University. E-learning arrangements are also being explored. 

PAL provides regular reports and blogs on its website and these give more information about the work in Lira. 

Poole Africa Link website. 

Future of the Network 

Have your say 

In the afternoon of 12th April, 2017, the new Centre for Global Health at the University of Winchester held a launch event. The Network took the opportunity to use some of the time to run a workshop to seek advice about its direction of travel. The following is a summary.

It was felt important to have a Network, but at present there is lack of clarity about what the Network is, why it is there and who the global health leaders are in Wessex.
To achieve “buy in” and carry out the functions below, it will need a clear set of objectives, an organising committee and some funding. These will also enable the Network to be sustainable and not precariously reliant on the voluntary time of an individual.
A Network was seen by the group as one that includes any discipline that has an impact on health, not just healthcare delivery, and it would provide the means to
  • provide support to people involved in global health,
  • share experiences and learn from each other,
  • provide a way of enabling people with similar areas or places of work to meet and learn
  • broker knowledge and support communities of practice
  • connect with students and their global health activities e.g. providing information about people willing to speaker about their work abroad
  • find people to fill gaps for partnership visits abroad e.g. through a database of people willing to support visits by groups in Wessex
  • help volunteers wanting experience of working in LMIC e.g. medical students, specialty registrars to find placements that will be of value to them and the country visited
  • increase the potential for successful joint proposals for funding
  • increase the profile of global health and have an advocacy function.

An ad hoc steering group is being formed to define objectives and make recommendations about the issues described. It will take into account the way in which any other similar Networks function and whether the term Wessex is useful when describing it. 

What do you think? What would you like?

Is Vision Enough?

What can we expect over the next 20 years
from the African Diaspora? 

When  : 5th May, 2017 : 18.30 - 21.00
Where : School of Oriental and African Science, London 

What   : This event is being run by the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), in partnership with the Centre of African Studies (CAS) SOAS, Two African pioneers in the field of diaspora and migration, Gibril Faal OBE and Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE will be in conversation, exploring what two decades of collaboration around "diasporas for development" has achieved.

More information and to register

Enquiries to Elvina Quaisonat 

Meet the new Secretary-General of the United Nations

When  : 10th May, 2017 : 13.00 - 15.00
Where : Central Hall, Westminster, London

What   : The United Nations Association (UK) is hosting the first major public speech in the UK by Antōnio Guterres, the new Secretary-General of the United Nation. 

Mr Guterres took office on 1 January this year, following the most transparent selection process in UN history, which UNA-UK campaigned to achieve. Prior to his appointment, he served as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005–2015), earning a reputation for speaking truth to power, and as Prime Minister of Portugal (1995–2002), during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor.

He takes up the UN’s reins at a time of growing global instability, when many have lost confidence in political leadership and institutions. Having witnessed firsthand the suffering in refugee camps and war zones, he is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder and a promoter of reform and innovation.

More information and to book a place

Refugees: are jobs the answer?

When  : 11th May, 2017 : 17.00 - 18.30 
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London
Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line

What   : Nearly 90% of the world’s refugees are hosted in countries that neighbour their homeland. 

Many governments rely on the humanitarian aid system to support refugees, and restrict refugees participation in the labour market. This restriction has, for many, led to an erosion of skills and aspirations, and has exacerbated feelings of alienation and hopelessness, which can lead some to attempt onward, often more dangerous, migration.

Some important innovations are currently underway to address this problem. They includes the creation of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) – areas where business and trade laws differ from the rest of the country in order to attract trade, investment and, therefore, jobs. Refugees could be given the right to work within those zones and contribute to the economy of the host country.

But not everyone agrees that SEZs can address the problems facing the world’s refugees. Firstly, there is the potential for exploitative and low-wage labour which is unmatched to the skills, aspirations and needs of refugees. Secondly, a focus on ‘jobs’ may distract governments from the pressing need to provide protection for those fleeing conflict, persecution and human rights abuses. 

More information and to apply

Ice and Sea : Culture and Geography

When  : 11th May, 2017 : 14.00 - 18.00
Where : Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street, London WC1E 7HX

What   : Speakers at this event run by the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research include Esther Leslie, Klaus Dodds, Susan Schuppli and Stephanie Jones (Associate Professor and Co-director of Programmes, in the Department of Humanities, University of Southampton.)

Esther Leslie (Birkbeck College) and Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway) introduce their recent and forthcoming books for Reaktion on Liquid Crystals and Ice, respectively. Taking Caspar David Friedrich's Sea of Ice as a motif of both catastrophe and loss, as well as movement and human activity under industrial capitalism, the workshop will explore and debate the culture and geography of the globe’s melting ice mass and its effects on the world’s oceans. 

The discussion will be widened by responses from Susan Schuppli (Goldsmiths) and Stephanie Jones (Southampton). 

More information 


Beyond Ideologies : China's Experience in Confronting the Global Environmental Crisis


When  : 11th May, 2017 : 18.00 - 20.00
Where : Brunei Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Sciences

China is not only the largest consumer of fossil fuel and emitter of greenhouse gases but also a leading investor in and producer of sustainable energy. China occupies a pivotal place in the global efforts to confront the environmental challenges.

China’s case highlights starkly the dilemma between choosing fast development and growth on the one hand and sustainability on the other.

Donald Trump, is sceptical of climate change and unwilling to take a leading role in the search for solutions. China's role in the future is, therefore, even more important.  

Focusing on China’s experience and approach, this debate seeks to use the case of China to enable us reflect on what the key issues are in confronting environment challenges. 

More information 
To register 

Preventable Catastrophes: The International Response to Humanitarian Crises and Famine 

When  : 12th May, 2017 : 13.00 - 14.00
Where : Chatham House, London

What   : United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, will outline the challenges ahead for Yemen, South Sudan, North East Nigeria and Somaliaand the necessary steps the international community must take to prevent further suffering. He will present the UN’s coordinated long-term plan and propose durable solutions to prevent further conflict in these four nations while helping to avert the humanitarian crises. 

More information and to register and interest


Nepal, Government & Aid Agencies
Ethiopia deaths
Europe's Sulphur Dioxide and India's Rainfall
More money for neglected diseases
World Bank Spring Meeting


Maternal Mortality 



Making things happen 


Aid agencies accuse Nepal government of hampering their work (Guardian)
Ethiopia unrest killed 669 in three regions(Reuters)
Researcher link to two together (Independent) 

Commitments made on neglected tropical diseases at WHO summit (Devex) 
Read the highlights about Development (Devex)

Bank's role to be "honest broker" between private capital and development investment.
World Development Report, 2018, to focus on education. 
Work on preventing gender based violence to be increased

To connect the world, Facebook builds human networks, not just physical ones (Devex) 
Cheap, widely available drug could stop thousands of mothers bleeding to death(Guardian) 
UN receives $1.1Bn of the $2.1Bn requested(Devex) 
OCHA provides an interactive site on preventing and addressing famine 
Implementation science and systems innovation in global health (Devex article) 

Funding Opportunities 
Gift establishes 30 new scholarships for students from sub-Saharan Africa
The scholarships will support the training and development of the next generation of leaders in global health, and strengthen the capacity of health systems in Africa. Over the 10-year period, three scholarships will be awarded per year to applicants from sub-Saharan Africa. Scholars will study towards a one-year Master’s degree at the School in London, with tuition fees and a tax-free living allowance funded by GSK.

Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a south-south partnership with a south-north collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, and the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa.

They are currently offering a collaborative doctoral training programme in public and population health. 

More information 

Other sources of funding 

Visit AFFORD (Africa Foundation for Development) to see a list several sources of funding opportunities. 
The New Way of Working

The pursuit of Collective Outcomes

The volume, cost and length of humanitarian assistance over the past 10 years has grown dramatically. Against this backdrop, the largest number of stakeholders at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) identified the need to strengthen the humanitarian-development nexus and to overcome long-standing attitudinal, institutional and funding obstacles.

The notion of “collective outcomes” has been placed at the centre of the commitment to the New Way of Working, summarized in the Commitment to Action signed by the Secretary-General and nine UN Principals at the WHS, and endorsed by the World Bank and others.

More information

7 abstracts from the conference held by the London International Development Centre on Inequalities

Population Movements : Mali
Infographic shows population movements in Mali as a result of armed conflict and inter community violence, 2012 - 2017.  

Centre for Humanitarian Data

The Centre is managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The Centre’s services are available to humanitarian partners and OCHA staff in the field and at Headquarters free of charge.

The Centre is focused on four areas: 1) data services; 2) data literacy; 3) data policy; and 4) network engagement. Its vision is to create a future where all people involved in a humanitarian situation have access to the data they need, when and how they need it, to make responsible and informed decisions.



Healthcare should not become a casualty of war

Amidst the furore over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, it is easy to overlook the subsequent bombing of the hospital where the victims were taken – itself a potential serious violation of international humanitarian law.

As the war in Syria drags on, the question of how to ensure protection for the wounded and sick, as well as their doctors and nurses, in conflicts around the world is one that must not be neglected. The obligation to allow access to medical care in war is important because it defends the most vulnerable – the protection of the wounded and sick is the protection of our wider humanity.

Expert comment from Chatham House 

Medical Aid Films

Medical Aid Films produces films aiming to transform the lives of women and children through different forms of media. Examples of its many films includes

The Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy (GHP3)

This issue is highlighting research from the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy (GHP3) based at the University of Southampton. 

The Centre undertakes research to further progress towards the achievement of the health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); alleviating poverty, improving infant and child mortality, reducing maternal mortality, and reducing the spread and economic and social impact of HIV/AIDS.

A hallmark of its research is the combination of statistical analysis of large quantitative datasets, such as the Demographic & Health Surveys or Living Standard Measurement Surveys, with rigorous policy analysis.

GHP3 carries forward the work of the major DFID-funded Opportunities and Choices research programme in reproductive health that ended in 2005 and the Centre for AIDS Research, which it has subsumed.

Examples of its research.

More Publications

For more research from GHP3 go to  publications from the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy (GHP3)



London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Head of Programme Design - Digital (Closing date 8th May, 2017) 

One Acre Fund   

International Primary Care 
Get Inspired, Get Involved

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

More information : Network website

Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 

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

More information : Network Website

Faculty of Public Health  Annual Conference

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

  • Tackling non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries?
  • Films and their role in health. 
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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