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6th October, 2017

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  • Poole Africa Link visits to Uganda
  • Improving Global Health through Leadership Development Open Evening
  • Prize for South Sudan Medical Journal readers
  • NCD Care in Rural Ethiopia (12th October)
  • Changes in the Coordination of Government Research Funding for Development
  • Research in Progress 2017 : RSTMH (5th December)
  • Topics in Infection : RSTMH (26th January) 
  • NIHR Research Professorships
  • Global Health Research Update 
  • Trends in global goals
  • South Sudan - people displaced, interactive website, Amnesty International Reports
  • RR Congo - UN to protect civilians
  • Somalia situation report
  • Ghana and community health workers
  • UK funding for UN
  • Carbon emissions from degraded rainforests 
  • Climate change and how trees react
  • Turkey crackdown on NGOs
  • Syrian hospital attacks
  • Malaria initiative expanding in West Africa
  • Myanmar/Bangladesh and Rhohinga


Improving healthcare through clinical research
  • LIMC Income longitudinal population study directory
  • Post conflict support 
  • Migration 
  • Malaria - multidrug resistant strain
  • Schizophrenia - new therapy trialled with BME service users
  • Fistulae - longitudinal study of treatment 
  • Maternal Health : maternal death surveillance, contraceptive access, geographic access to services
  • Using data to improve programmes
  • Benefits of working abroad 
  • Mobile phones and community health care

  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Tropical Health Education Trust
  • Sightsavers
  • International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Mercy Corps
  • The Tibet Relief Fund of the UK





Another visit of Poole Africa Link teams to
Lira hospital and university in Northern Uganda.

For nearly nine years The Poole Africa Link (PAL) has been working in Africa, initially with South Sudan and more recently in Northern Uganda at a newly formed University which is currently using the local hospital but has ambitious plans to develop a university hospital.  The first stage of this is to train midwives and open a maternity unit at the University and these plans have been virtually realised.

PAL teams will be teaching at both the University and the hospital in the town.

The first team has just left and is led by Dr Antoinette McAulay consultant paediatrician, supported by Dr Judy Mella surgeon, Bruce Hopkins senior charge nurse ED, Dr Misbah Ismail consultant radiologist and Sarah Currell paediatric dietician.

The second team travel out next week as team one returns. This is led by Dr Frankie Dormon consultant anaesthetist accompanied by Dr Peter McEwan consultant neonatologist, Dr  Shona Main- SHO ED, Dr Will Denehan SHO ED, Julie Woodman senior midwife, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, Dr Kate Golds specialist trainee obstetrics and gynaecology. QA Portsmouth and Jamie Pride  IT consultant.

The many and diverse teaching skills of these teams will be a great asset in furthering the education of clinical staff at the hospital and students and tutors at the university. They will also be taking out small items of essential kit both purchased by the link, or donated  from various sources as no longer needed.

You can follow their daily blog on the PAL website where you can also find out further information about our work http://pooleafricalink.org.uk/category/reports/. Or you can check out their progress on Poole Africa Link Facebook. 

For more information, contact Hilary Fenton-Harris, the Poole Africa Link co-ordinator. 
Improving Global Health
through Leadership Development

Open Evening, 27th September

Fleur Kitsell from Health Education England introduced the leadership programme where Fellows have 6 month placements abroad and are supported in leadership development as they work on projects identified by the programme's partners in Cambodia, South Africa and Myanmar. 
There were presentations from Jennifer Joiner, Katie Macdonald, Isaac Ghinai, Cate Luce, John Heathcote who had been involved in work to do with 
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Reducing hospital acquired infections
  • Developing a Health Plan for a project partner
  • Helping staff develop projects to improve healthcare
  • Improving surgical care through the introduction of the WHO Surgical Checklist 
The Fellows came back with increased self awareness, the importance of understanding where others are coming from, teamwork, confidence to get involved to improve healthcare and a greater appreciation of what the NHS provides. 

More information about the leadership programme

Prize for readers of the South Sudan Medical Journal 
The South Sudan Medical Journal (www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com) has turned ten years since its inception in 2008 and is redesigning its website and print versions to prepare itself for the changing times and challenges. And we need your help! 

By taking part in our short online survey you not only help us to improve the SSMJ for our readers, but you also have the chance to enter a prize draw to win one of two prizes of 25 USD*. It should only take you 10-15 minutes to complete the survey, and by giving a small amount of your time you can make a big difference to the future image of SSMJ. We would value responses from all readers or other stakeholders with an interest in SSMJ. Complete the survey now, and we need all responses by Friday 13th October 2017. Thank you for sparing the time to help us.

To complete the survey, click on the link below and follow the simple, on-screen instructions:



Wessex Events
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

Changes in the Co-ordination of Government
Research Funding for Development 


What is the background to this? The Government's new Aid Strategy "UK Aid : Tackling Global Challenges in the National Interest" changed the focus of Overseas Development Aid expenditure in two ways.

As the National Audit Office (NAO) observed,
  • it established four objectives – for example, ‘Strengthening global peace, security and governance’ and ‘tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable’ – for the UK’s spending on overseas aid.
  • Overseas Development Aid expenditure would be aligned to these objectives.
  • relatively less funding wold becoming from the Department for International Development and more expenditure would come from departments and cross-government funds, 
What does this mean in practice? The way in which DfID funding for aid is complex and around a third of its funding is spent through around 14 other government departments. The National Audit Office identified that the proportion of total Overseas Development Aid spent by DfID is expected to fall from 80.5% in 2015 to 70% in 2020.

What else did the NAO report say? It was critical of cross-departmental working and ways in which these ODA funds were overseen.

What has happened since the NAO report? New cross department structures are being created to develop a more coherent approach. 

What is the position on DfID research funds?
 The DfID Research Reviewidentified that DfID spends around 3% of its budget on research. Over the next 4 years, it will spend around £390 per year on research over the next 4 years.

How will research be managed in the future? To ensure that a coherent approach is taken to overseeing this funding, a new Board - the Strategic coherence for ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board - has been formed for the purpose of high level co-ordination and to maximise impacts. The Board will be chaired by Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

The Board has been jointly created by DfID, the Department of Health, the Department for Business and Energy and Industrial Strategy and UK Research and Innovation.  It will report to the government funded UK Collaborative on Development Sciences

More information - See Devex article by Molly Anders  

Research in Progress 2017

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 

When  : 5th December, 2017 : 09.00 start
Where : Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square London, WC1R 4RL

What   : Organised by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, this is a one-day meeting is designed specifically for early career investigators to present their unpublished research in progress to peers and senior experts in all fields of tropical medicine and global health.

More information 

Save the Date 

Topics in Infection 
(Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)

When  : 26th January, 2018 : 09.00 start

What   : A one-day meeting, organised by the RSTMH in association with Public Health England and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The event 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.

NIHR Research Professorships 

5 are available with up to a further 2 in Global Health 


NIHR Research Professorships aims to fund future research leaders to promote effective translation of research ('bench to bedside [T1] and 'campus to clinic' [T2]) and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.

The posts aim to:

  • Enable outstanding academics to spend a fixed 5 year period dedicated to translational (T1 or T2) research at Professorial level;
  • Facilitate strong research leadership and develop research capacity in areas critical to accelerating the transfer of research ideas into improved health.

These awards are open to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in partnership with NHS organisations, based in England only, to nominate health researchers and methodologists with an outstanding record of clinical and applied health research and its effective translation for improved health.

Each HEI partnership may nominate up to two individuals in each round.

The NIHR Research Professorships scheme is open to all professional backgrounds

Global Health Research Update 

Call 2 information now available from National Institute for Health Research. 

All areas of applied global health research will be considered under this call.

More information
Global Goals 
South Sudan 
DR Congo 
UN and UK
Carbon Emissions
Climate Change 
Turkey and NGOs
President's Malaria Initiative

Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), University of Leeds, and FutureLearn is due to run again in November and is open for registration.

Over four weeks the course includes;

  • Learning about the roles of different members of a research team
  • Hearing from people who have taken part in clinical research studies
  • The ethical and scientific principles that underpin the research process
  • Getting a better understanding of the challenges of conducting clinical research and the benefits to modern healthcare
More information 

Low and Middle Income Longitudinal Population Study Directory

The Low and Middle Income Longitudinal Population Study Directory (LMIC LPS Directory) has been developed by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on behalf of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust.

It aims to provide a valuable resource for researchers, funders and those interested in understanding changing socio-economic and health circumstances, and to enhance opportunities for international and interdisciplinary research collaboration. Its development has been supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund, which funds cutting-edge research addressing challenges faced by LMICs.

More information

Post Conflict Support 

State building and recovery : How to support state-building, service delivery and recovery in fragile and conflict-affected situations (ODI Briefing Paper) 

Peace Building : The role of teachers in peace building in post conflict societies(LIDC Blog) 

Maintaining the Peace : Delivering the UN ‘sustaining peace’ agenda (ODI Briefing Paper) 


Migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Series of eight briefings by ODI) 

Livelihoods in displacement: from refugee perspectives to aid agency response(ODI research report) 

Root Causes of Rohingya Crisis Must Not be Ignored (Chatham House Expert Comment) 



Spread of a single multidrug resistant malaria parasite lineage (PfPailin) to Vietnam (The Lancet, Infectious Diseases) 


Groundbreaking therapy trialled with BME schizophrenia service users (NIGR News) 


Fistula recurrence, pregnancy, and childbirth following successful closure of female genital fistula in Guinea: a longitudinal study (The Lancet Global Health) 

Maternal Health 

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response: A Tall Order for Effectiveness in Resource-Poor Settings (Global Health Science and Practice) 

Increasing Contraceptive Access for Hard-to-Reach Populations With Vouchers and Social Franchising in Uganda (Global Health Science and Practice) 

Geographic Access Modeling of Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care in Kigoma Region, Tanzania: Transportation Schemes and Programmatic Implications (Global Health Science and Practice)

Using data to Improve Programmes

Using Data to Improve Programmes: Assessment of a Data Quality and Use Intervention Package for Integrated Community Case Management in Malawi(Global Health Science and Practice) 

Benefits of working abroad 

From Albania to Zimbabwe: Surveying 10 Years of Summer Field Experiences at the Rollins School of Public Health (Global Health Science and Practice)

Mobile phones and community health care

A Mobile-Based Community Health Management Information System for Community Health Workers and Their Supervisors in 2 Districts of Zambia (Global Health Science and Practice) 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Tropical Health Education Trust
International Institute for Environment and Development 
Mercy Corps
The Tibet Relief Fund of the United Kingdom

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