In late 2018 Nigeria Health Watch with partners hosted a very successful fourth annual Future of Health Conference in Abuja, Nigeria focusing on The Diaspora as Nigeria’s Brain Gain, inspired by the growing number of diaspora Nigerian health workers who over the last five years returned to work in Nigeria. To launch the summary report from this conference and a related World Bank-Nigeria Health Watch workshop, this event in the UK parliament was an opportunity to bring the trend of returning African health workers to the attention of various audiences in the UK and to share insights with policymakers, diaspora health workers and academics in the UK. Speakers included Dr Ike Anya (Principal Consultant and Co-Funder EpiAfric and Nigeria Health Watch), Dr Titilola Banjoko (Executive Director in the National Health Service), Ben Simms (CEO of the Tropical Health Education Trust), Dr Ekpemi Irune (Member of Doctors for Change; Consultant Surgeon, Addenbrookes Cambridge, UK and Euracare Multi-specialist Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria), and Johann Malawana (Education and Training Specialist, UK Department of International Trade).
To improve coordination of the UK-Tanzania health sector activity and develop an action plan for the implementation of next steps, this closed round table discussion brought together key UK and Tanzanian stakeholders. The discussions focused on highlighting on-going bilateral activities and exploring the potential for the development of a Health Alliance Model through collaborations between Health Education England (HEE), Tropical Health Education Trust (THET), and the Tanzania UK Healthcare Diaspora Association (TUHEDA). Lead panellists includes Dr Asha-Rose Migiro (High Commissioner, Tanzanian High Commission), Professor Ged Byrne (Director of Global Engagement, HEE), Ben Simms (CEO, THET), Dr Hamza Hassan (Chairman, TUHEDA), and Dr Faustine Ndugulile (Deputy Minister for Health, Ministry of Health Tanzania) who joined via phone.
With one billion people on the move or having moved in 2018, migration is a global reality. Earlier in the year University College London and The Lancet published a Commission on Migration and Health with a view to provide evidence for cooperation and action on what is one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. The Commission’s foundation is that migration and health are inextricably linked—and key to sustainable development. Following the successful launch of the Commission, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health in collaboration with UCL and the Lancet hosted a closed round table meeting to bring together key UK and international leaders from different sectors to discuss what the UK can do to lead the global migration and health agenda in line with the following recommendations from the commission. Invited panellists included Ibrahim Abubakar (Director of Institute for Global Health, UCL), Kate Green MP (Co-Chair APPG on Migration), Ranieri Guerra (Assistant Director-General for Strategic Initiatives (Polio Eradication, Polio Transition, Antimicrobial Resistance and Migrant Health), WHO), Dominik Zener (Senior Migration Health Advisor for the Regional Office for the EEA, the EU and NATO, International Organization for Migration), Miriam Orcutt (Coordinator of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health), Richard Horton (Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet) and Jocalyn Clark (Executive Editor at The Lancet).
Established in 2015, Women in Global Health (WGH) works with other global health organizations to encourage stakeholders from governments, civil society, foundations, academia and professional associations and the private sector to achieve gender equality in global health leadership in their space of influence. The second annual Women Leaders in Global Health conference took place on 8-9 November 2018 at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK. Putting a gender lens on global health leadership and with a focus on mentoring and skills building, WLGH18 brought together established and emerging leaders from across sectors and cultures to work towards gender equity in health leadership and to improve health for all. At this drinks reception two of the leaders Ann Keeling (Senior Fellow at WGH and founder of NCD Alliance) and Heidi Larson (Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP); Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, LSHTM) spoke about their campaigns during the session chaired by Baroness Watkins.
Indigenous women die in pregnancy and childbirth more often than other women. Failure to act will render the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unattainable, not least as global Leaders’ committed to leave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind first. It is time to make the marginalised visible. The lack of data on the health of indigenous women and adolescent girls is masking huge disparities between populations, preventing effective action to address it. Improving the health of indigenous women and adolescent girls is achievable. It requires States to implement commitments to disaggregate data by gender and ethnicity, tackle discrimination, and make health centres physically, financially, and culturally accessible. The APPG on Global Health in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Minority Rights Group, and Health Poverty Action hosted this event to present findings and recommendations from a UNFPA-commissioned project that Health Poverty Action and Minority Rights Group have recently completed on Indigenous Women’s Maternal Health and Maternal Mortality. The panel discussion included perspectives from key actors about the future direction of indigenous women’s health. Speakers comprised Matthew Jackson (UK Director, UN Population Fund), Claire Thomas (Deputy Director of Minority Rights Group), Dr Alison Evans (Chief Commissioner at Independent Commission for Aid Impact), and Claire Moran (Joint Head of Human Development Department for the Department for International Development).
This event in partnership with the Uganda UK Health Alliance aimed to strengthen the mutual benefits in global health partnerships focusing on co-development between Uganda and the UK. It also focused on what can be done to further empower diasporic Ugandan nurses and doctors as facilitators of innovation and knowledge, turning brain drain to global health gain. Speakers at the event included Julius Peter Moto (Uganda High Commissioner to UK and Ireland), Lord Popat (Trade Envoy to Uganda and Rwanda), Dr Tamara Bugembe (NHS Consultant Paediatrician and President of Doctors for Africa), Primrose Magala (NHS Senior Nurse Leader and Lead for Eye Care Project), Mariam Aligawesa (NHS Lead Nurse and Co-Founder of Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation), and Ben Sims (CEO, Tropical Health Education Trust).