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8th September, 2017

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         Southampton Research
  • Rainfall and vegetation dynamics across Africa 
  • Complex causes of Maldives flooding 
  • Sea ice decline and stormier death in North Atlantic 
  • Poole Africa Link Quiz (16th September)
  • An afternoon of global health with ResIn and RSTMH (18th September) 
  • Improving Global Health through Leadership Development : Open Evening (27th September)
  • The Unseen Vulture
  • Growing businesses of scale in Sub-Saharan Africa (11th September)
  • Humanitarian access in armed conflicts : key role of local actors (18th September)
  • African Diaspora Doing Development (20th September)
  • Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa (26th- 27th September)
  • Myanmar and Rohinga conflict
  • World Humanitarian Day selection from UN OCHA
  • Access to Medicines
  • Water looming crisis
  • Tobacco
  • Aid & American opinion
  • Disability and emergency response
  • India & Swine flu 
  • Ghana & TB
  • Sierra Leone mudslide & response
  • DR Congo and people displacement
  • Cambodia & US non-profit expelled
  • Nepal, India & Bangladesh - Floods
  • Yemen & Cholera 
  • Iraq flash update
  • DfID funding interactive map
  • UN OCHA new "Humanitarian Dispatches"
  • Malaria ; Mapping insecticide resistance
  • Entomological monitoring
  • AFFORD Business Club launch
  • World Federation of Public Health Associations latest newsletter 
  • Angola : Chatham House Africa Programme
  • Chinese Aid
  • South Sudan 
  • NIHR signs up to WHO initiative on trial registration
  • Ethiopia, filariasis and podoconiosis 
  • Economic impact of immunisation
  • Suicide prevention 

  • Overseas Development Institute
  • Salve International
  • World Federation of United Nations Associations (Geneva)





Wessex News

Southampton Research

Rainfall and Vegetation Dynamics across Africa 
The applied spatial modelling seminar group of the Geography Department at the University of Southampton runs a monthly seminar series. It is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in using spacial modelling methods in their work to hear about its application in various situations. 

With agriculture in many parts of Africa being subject to both drought and floods it is clearly important to have a very good understanding of the impact of rainfall on vegetation. At its meeting on 6th September, Tracey Adole described how the effect of rainfall on vegetation growth in Africa is still poorly understood. While there exists a large correlation between the onset of rains and onset of vegetation greening, onset of rains still does not explain fully the start of vegetation growth across the continent.

The results of her work suggest that rainfall is not the only major environmental factor controlling the start of vegetation growth in Africa. Also, rainfall, although contributing significantly to vegetation productivity, may not be the main driver of onset of vegetation green-up in Africa. The finding and recommendations from this study should lead to improved parametrisation of vegetation and ecosystem models

Southampton Research and 
Complex Causes of Maldives Flooding 

At least 30 flood events have been recorded in the Maldives over the last 50 years, including major floods in the capital city, Malé. Flood defences, including sea walls and breakwaters, have reduced the flood risk in the islands. But adaptation is essential as sea levels are rising at a rate of about 4mm a year and islands in the Indian Ocean island chain have on average a land elevation of just 1 metre. 

Professor Robert Nicholls and Dr Sally Brown at the University of Southampton are involved in ongoing  research into coastal flooding and climate change adaptation in the area and a recent paper published in Natural Hazards has pointed to the causes of coastal flooding being more complex than previously thought. 

More information 
Southampton Research, 
sea ice decline and stormier weather
in the North Atlantic 
Ocean currents and the climate of the North Atlantic are strongly influenced by the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Global warming is causing a decline in sea ice and this could weaken the this circulation and give rise to cooling of the ocean surface in parts of the North Atlantic. This in turn has been shown by other studies to lead to an increase in storminess, harsher winters and drier summers. 

Lead author Dr Florian Sévellec, of the University of Southampton, said: “We suggest that Arctic ocean changes on a multi-decadal time scale, such as the decline in sea ice cover that we are currently experiencing, can efficiently weaken the large-scale ocean circulation of the North Atlantic, which is responsible for the oceanic transport of heat from the Equator to high latitudes.

More information 

The Unseen Vulture

Reflecting on her global health and peace course, Bethel Aklilu, a second-year MPH student in Health Promotion with a Global Health Emphasis at the University of Toronto, pursued a creative method to express her new understanding of global health.

For her final assignment in the course Health: An Engine for the Journey to Peace, Aklilu wrote a free verse poem illuminating the interdependency of global health and peace. The poem explored a wide range of global health issues, including food security, violence against women, infectious disease, unethical mining and climate change. The following is an extract from the poem.

The Unseen Vulture

ONE, two, three, four.
Ten, twelve minutes or more?
How long have you been lying?
Little girl!
How long have you been crying?

D' you know that land is dry?
D' you know food's scarce?
D' you know there's not enough?
And wars are all around you?

Men fight for land, for oil, and power!
Nobody fights for you. 

A vulture lurks behind you
Waiting for you to die.
You cry devoid of hope
No one comes to help

A greater vulture
Encompasses the globe
Savouring misery and calamity 

In the unethical development
Of mining and forestry
Exploiting the Peruvians'
Land and wellbeing.

Evil ignores...

BUT humanity has the ammo
To defy the vulture's shadow
The fight will never cease
For the right to health and peace

Health is more than biology
It's social, mental and spiritual harmony.
The social determinants of health are at play
Gender, race and SES (b) also have a say

Peace goes beyond conflict resolution.
It is forgiveness, trust and reconciliation.
Peace goes beyond an argument won.
Health and peace are truly one.

All of this is meant to say
The greater vulture won't have its way.
The fight for our rights won't cease;
Peace is health and health is peace. 

(b = Socioeconomic Status) 

To read the whole poem - Follow this link
Wessex Events
Poole Africa Link : Quiz Night

When  : Saturday, September 16th : 18.00 for 18.30 start
Where : St John’s Church Hall, Macaulay Road, Broadstone BH18 8AR

What   : The Poole Africa Link is raising money to support its work and is running quiz night, which will have an Africa flavour. 

Tickets are £10 and will include food - Fish & Chips, Chicken & Chips or Sausage & Chips.  They will also be catering for vegetarians and gluten free. Bring your own drinks – alcohol welcomeJ

Tickets available from Amy Roff. Please contact her on (amy.roff@poole.nhs.uk or aroff@hotmail.co.uk (01202 448355), if you would like to go. 

An afternoon of global health with
ResIn and RSTMH

When  : 18th September, 2017 : 15.15 - 16.30 
Where : Senate Room. Building 37, Highfield, University of Southampton

What   : Introduced by Professor Colin Grant, Vice President for Internationalisation, at the University of Southampton this event will include two talks –
a) Resin Results 

There will be a presentation of the results of the Southampton-led Research Investments in Global Health Study (ResIn). Dr’s Michael Head and Rebecca Brown have analysed 16 years of data on global infectious disease funding. How much funding goes to HIV research compared to tuberculosis?

b) Launch of the Strategy of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Strategy

Chief Executive, Tamar Ghosh, will present the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's new strategy, including information about several new activities including mentoring, education and training. There will also be time to discuss the benefits of RSTMH membership which include journal access, a calendar of scientific and social events, plus a well-established grants round.
For more information : Contact Michael Head (Senior Research Fellow, Research Investments in Global Health Study, Southampton)
Improving Global Health
through Leadership Development
Open Evenings

The dates for the next three open evenings of the Improving Global Health through Leadership Development programme have been announced. They will be on 
  • 27th September, 2017
  • 14th December, 2017
  • 8th February, 2018 
They begin at 6.15 p.m. when food is available and are held at Southern House, Health Education England (Wessex), Otterbourne, Winchester. Meetings finish not later than 9 p.m..

The IGH 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. 

The events provide an opportunity to learn about the IGH programme and to hear about the experiences of people who have returned from placements. 

Contact Deborah Watts (deborah.watts@hee.nhs.uk) for more information. 


Growing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Job Creation, Innovation and Industrialization


When  : 11th September, 12.30 - 14.00
Where : Chatham House, London
Web    : This event will be streamed and can be joined on line 

What   : Governments and the private sector must work together if the inclusive and sustainable growth and employment objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to be achieved, and the needs of a rapidly urbanizing and expanding young population are to be met. Widespread job creation requires the creation of new businesses and industries, but most importantly it depends on the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises to scale-up. Larger companies are more productive and more competitive. This transition requires entrepreneurialism, creativity, and innovation on the part of the businesses, but it also requires an enabling business environment that allows for these enterprises to grow.

This event, which will launch a new Chatham House Africa Programme report on growing businesses of scale in sub-Saharan Africa, will bring together senior policymakers, business representatives, civil society and other experts to discuss opportunities for creating jobs in sub-Saharan Africa through the scaling up of small- and medium-sized enterprise. 

More information


Humanitarian access in armed conflicts: the key role of local actors


When  : 18th September, 2017 : 18.00 - 21.30
Where : Paris
Web    : This event can be joined on line 

What   : Humanitarian access is crucial in situations of armed conflict where civilians are in need of assistance and protection. Yet, obtaining access is rarely straightforward. It can be denied or hampered by parties to a conflict for security or political reasons, or agencies themselves may delay or abandon attempts to deliver assistance out of concern for the safety of their staff and beneficiaries.

The Humanitarian Policy Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross is gathering humanitarian agencies and researchers to identify current access challenges for international and local organizations. What strategies do agencies use to gain access? How can we better harness the experience of local organizations to improve access to people in need? The event offers insights from HPG's two-year research project on humanitarian access by local organizations entitled "Holding the keys: who gets access in times of conflict?" The conference is part of the ICRC's Conference Cycle on Generating respect for the law.

More information

African Diaspora Doing Development

When  : 20th September, 2017 : 09.30 - 17.30 
Where : Amnesty International, New Inn Yard, London
What   : This conference has been jointly organised by four of the project partners for the Common Ground Initiative. It aims to 
  • provide an opportunity for diaspora organisations and individuals to network, share and learn more about the diaspora sector and develop synergies for collaboration
  • share inspiring stories and promote a positive and different narrative of African progress
  • illustrate Common Ground Initiative partners' work and the African diaspora's role i influencing host country and foreign development policies and interventions 

Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa :
National and Regional Developments 

When  : 26th - 27th October, 2017 
Where : Queen Mary University, London

What   : The conference will look into the strengths and weaknesses of international criminal law as it has been applied and the potential of regional mechanisms and responses. The emphasis is to discuss how regional systems can contribute to the international system and advance accountability and justice. The discussion will focus on regional initiatives and efforts to address criminal liability and end impunity, including reflecting on the trials, courts and mechanisms - both proposed and established at the national, sub-regional and regional levels.

More information  
Myanmar World Humanitarian Day 

Special selection from the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Includes 
  • How the humanitarian community marked the day 
  • More about the petition to go to UN General Assembly (25,000 have signed - you can add your signatutre) 
  • Facebook Live : This is the story of an Aid Worker in South Sudan
  • An infographic 
  • ... and more
Access to medicines Water  Tobacco  Aid   Disability and Emergency Response  India & Swine Flu Ghana & TB Sierra Leone  DR Congo Cambodia  See Also : Myanmar’s problem state (Chatham House) 

Nepal, India and Bangladesh Yemen and Cholera  Iraq
DfID Funding  UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs First edition contains 
  • Children are not a target
  • Health Workers under attack 
  • This is why refugees need the right to work 
  • Civilian suffering in cities 
  • Dispelling 5 myths about sexual violence in emergencies 


Insecticide Resistant Malaria Mapping 

This simple to use mapping system consolidates reports of insecticide resistance in Anopheles species, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. across the world. 

Visit the mapper

Entomological Monitoring

Collation of reports from various countries. 

Visit the website 

AFFORD Business Club Launch

When  : 22nd September, 2017 
Where : London
What   : AFFORD is the African Foundation for Development that supports African Development Diaspora Organisations (ADDOs), 

On 22nd September it is launching the AFFORD Business Club and AFFORD Business Resouce. These will support African diaspora entrepreneurs by providing business development support to entrepreneurs who seek to develop or launch their businesses in Africa.

If you are an African Diaspora entrepreneur then the AFFORD Business club is an ideal space to network, and get support for your business, in the diaspora, and in Africa.

It provides business development support and services to innovative, fast-growing diaspora SMEs to ensure they can – deliver their core business; produce socially-responsible products and services; and create well-paid, and sustainable jobs to contribute to Africa’s wealth and prosperity.

Attendance is on a first come first serve basis and an open day will run from the week commencing the 25th. Please book your attendance by calling 0207 729 2960 or email neena@afford-org.uk.

AFFORD sends out a regular newsletter that provides much information about Africa that includes sources of funding, events and jobs. 

World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)

The WFPHA has just published its latest newsletter with a wealth of information about public health activity across the world. Topics include 
  • Hot Topics in Public Health
  • Global Charter for the Public's Health Implementation 
  • New Diplomats of the Global Charter 
  • What's on
  • Communications
  • Advertising and Courses
  • Publications 
  • Upcoming Events
Chatham House Africa Programme : Angola  Chinese Aid  South Sudan  

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) signs up to WHO initiative on trial registration

The NIHR is the latest research funder to sign up to an international joint statement, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), pledging to ensure clinical trials will be both registered and their results released.

NIHR is backing the initiative, to further reduce avoidable waste in research, improve transparency and strengthen the validity and value of the research base.

The pledge, which is in line with its existing policy on Adding Value in Research, will mean that all its fully funded studies will be required to register in a publicly accessible database and make sure all results are disclosed in a timely way.

More information 

Ethiopia, filariasis and podoconiosis  Impact of immunisation Suicide Prevention 


Overseas Development Institute Salve International  World Federation of United Nations Associations (Geneva)  UNAIDS   

DFID at 20: What have we learned and where next?

When  : 11th September, 2017 : 13.30 - 15.00 
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London 

What   : See Network website 

WEBINAR : Inside Evidence-Based Healthcare: Evidence and Policymaking webinar

When  : 11th September, 2017 : 18.15
Where : On line or Oxford

What    : See Network website

Global Evidence Summit 
When  : 13 - 16 September, 2017
Where : Cape Town, South Africa

What   : See Network website 

RSTMH Medal Winners Event

When  : 13th September, 2017 17.00 - 20.00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

What   : See Network website 

Complex thinking and non-communicable disease prevention

When  : 14th September, 2017 : 10.00 - 18.00
Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

What   : See Network website 

Disasters Conference : Learning from the past 40 years 

When  : 14th September, 2017 : 09.30 - 18.00
Where : Overseas Development Institute, London 

What    : See Network website 

Towards Global Citizenship 

When  : 15th September, 2017 
Where : R. Col. Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow 

What   : See Network website
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 

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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