This event was hosted by Lord Rea and the National Heart Forum, and held in association with the Lancet, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, NCD Alliance, International Development Research Centre and APPG on Global Health.
The reception featured addresses from key leaders in the field of non-communicable disease, who discussed the latest evidence, as well as key recommendations for action identified in the latest Lancet series on NCDs - the development of which has been coordinated by the National Heart Forum.
A parliamentary reception for the Ugandan Ministry of Health to celebrate the launch of the Uganda UK Health Alliance, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and supported by the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) Academy.
Dr. George Mukone- Senior Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and Ms. Enid Mwebaza – Assistant Commissioner for Health (Nursing) at the Ministry of Health presented the current Ugandan National Health Strategy and health priorities. The was followed by comments from Acting High Commissioner Amb Isaac Biruma Sebulime.
The reception was attended by Members of Parliament, Heads of Royal Medical Colleges, NGO’s and Trusts and Partnerships working in Uganda.
This event was an opportunity to discuss how NCDs can be re-framed as a global development issue. The event will be followed by a reception at the Houses of Parliament, 7-8pm
Speakers include: Prof Anthony Costello, Director UCL Institute for Global Health (chair), Lord Nigel Crisp (Chair APPG-GH), Susan Shurin, (Chair GACD)
In conjunction with Aspen Global Health and Development & UK APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, the APPG Global Health hosted at an International Women’s Day Policy Dialogue on Investments in Family Planning – Social and Economic Dividends. Speakers included Stephen O’Brien MP, Parliamentary Under‐Secretary of State for International Development and Members of The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health featuring The Honourable Mary Robinson joined by Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Ms Phumzile Mlambo‐Ngcuka, The Honourable Joy Phumaphi and Dr Fred Sai. For further information about Aspen Institute for Global Health and Development please click here
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In collaboration with APPG Zambia & Malawi we hosted a parliamentary reception for the Zambian Ministry of Health to launch their National Health Strategy Plan 2012-2015. The Zambian Ministry of Health presented a briefing of their National health Strategic Plan to a big audience of 20 parliamentarians and over 50 guests including the Zambian High Commission and the Zambia UK Health Work Force Alliance. This was followed by a warm reception.
A fundamental challenge for all health systems is to allocate finite resources across the unlimited demand for health services - and the work of NICE has established the UK as a global leader in this field.
This event launched a joint report between NICE International and the Centre for Global Development on how NICE's pioneering approach could be adopted by international agencies and by developing countries to help increase cost effectiveness at a time of growing austerity and resource-constraint.
In association with Africa APPG, the APPG Global Health held an event in Parliament for the launch of the first report "All the Talents"
The launch was hosted by Lord Crisp, Rt Hon Alun Michael MP and Hugh Bayley MP. Lord Crisp and Meg Hillier MP outlined the conclusions of our new report including the key success factors and the environment necessary for effective innovation and outlines the main gaps in the evidence base, concluding with recommendations to professionals, governments, development agencies and research bodies. Warm thanks to our speakers who provided their perspectives on skill mixing: Dorothy Ngoma, National Coordinator for Safe Motherhood in Malawi; Carolyn Miller, CEO of Merlin UK; and Dr. Peter Carter, CEO of Royal College of Nursing.
The event was jointly organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on HIV/AIDS; Global Health; Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases; Population, Development & Reproductive Health; and Tuberculosis. Speakers included: Lord Nigel Crisp (chair), Prof Sir Andy Haines, Dr Richard Horton, Dr Titilola Banjoko.
With guest speakers Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP (former Chair of the Health Select Committee), Prof Sir Robert Lechler (Executive Director of King's Health Partners and Carolyn Miller (CEO of Merlin UK), Lord Crisp outlined the APPG on Global Health's newest report into overseas volunteering by UK health workers.
Speaking to a room of senior figures from the NHS, NGO, academic and political worlds, he explained how volunteers improve health in low and middle income countries but also bring back valuable knowledge and skills to the UK. The report's three key recommendations were explained, followed by discussion and debate between guests and speakers.
This innovative report by students from Cambridge University's The Wilberforce Society applies a marketing perspective to the growing problem of non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries.
Commissioned by Lord Kakkar, the report was presented by four of its authors Architha Srinivasan, Arrash Yassaee, Ira Kleine and Zoe Li, to members and advisors of the APPG on Global Health. This was followed by a roundtable discussion that ranged widely on the subject of how to achieve sustainable population behaviour changes for public health.
We would like to thank the four presenters for their very engaging talks, and to all the report's authors Architha Srinivasan and Co-authors: Alison Andrew, Arrash Yassaee, Zoe Li, Ira Kleine, Roger Lightwood and Alex Jackman
You can read the full report on The Wilberforce Society's website here.
Hosted by Baroness Jenny Tonge, Chair UK APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health and Lord Crisp, Chair UK APPG on Global Health in collaboration with UCL, Institute for Global Health and Women and Children First (UK).
270,000 women worldwide die in childbirth each year and 2.9 million children do not survive the first month of life. This parliamentary reception launched new research from UCL’s Institute of Global Health on ‘participatory women’s groups’, an intervention described by Richard Horton as “it’s not a drug, it’s not a vaccine, it’s not a device. It’s women working together, solving problems, saving lives”.
The report details seven independent trials in Bangladesh, India, Malawi and Nepal conducted over a two year period and covering 120,000 births. These trials showed that when women were exposed to a women’s group intervention, maternal mortality reduced by half and neonatal mortality reduced by a third in rural areas, suggesting that that the simplest of interventions can save lives.
Discussion focussed on how women's groupd are able to make such a major impact on health and what government should be doing to support the scale-up of this promising new initiative.
You can read more about the women's groups project and watch a short documentary video on the UCL website here.
To coincide with the World Health Organisation’s 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, this panel discussion was organised to debate the UK’s work on human resources to improve the health of women and girls. Chaired by Meg Hillier MP, panellists included Lynne Featherstone MP (DFID), Victoria Kimotho (AMREF), Dr David McCoy (UCL) and Janet Davies (Royal College of Nursing). The event was held in partnership with Health Poverty Action and the APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.
The APPG on Global Health, alongside the APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, were proud to host the launch of the new five-year global health strategy of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The College has a long history of international work and well established links around the world. This latest strategy represents a significant scale up of this activity in some of the poorest parts of world, focussing on the College’s key strengths in standard setting and professional education and training.
Two billion people in the world today have no access to the most basic surgical care. Many stand in the shadows of modern healthcare. Faceless, nameless and voiceless. In collaboration with the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES), the APPG screened a moving new documentary - The Right To Heal - which focusses on the lives of patients who lack access to basic surgical services in developing countries and the plan to bring essential surgical care globally. This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Lord Ribeiro and featuring the film's director Dr Jaymie Ang Henry, ICES Chair Mr Michael Cotton, and Board Member of the Lifebox Foundation Dr Iain Wilson. To watch a video summary of the meeting, please click this link, or for more information about the film visit www.therighttoheal.org
The G-FINDER survey is the most comprehensive report on public, philanthropic and industry funding into R&D for neglected diseases like malaria, TB, HIV, pneumonia, sleeping sickness and helminth infections. It covers 31 diseases and 134 product areas for these, including drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, microbicides and vector control products. In partnership with the APPG on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases and Policy Cures, the 2013 G-FINDER report was launched in parliament, with invited speakers including Dr Mary Moran (Policy Cures), Robert Terry (WHO), Jérôme St-Denis (FIND), Jon Pender (GlaxoSmithKline) and Anja Langenbucher (Gates Foundation). To read the report, please visit http://policycures.org/g-finder2013.html
This high-level panel discussion brought together parliamentarians with experts in health and in business to discuss how governments, companies and NGOs can work together to develop accessible, quality healthcare for all. Examining the role of private-public partnerships, new technologies and better regulation, speakers included Gerry Bloom (Institute for Development Studies), Patricia Atkinson (Marie Stopes International), Rubaiyath Sarwar (Innovision) and Allan Pamba (GSK), and was chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp.
The Grand Challenge of Global Health NCD Season brought together fields of interdisciplinary expertise from UCL, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and beyond in a series of symposia, events and policy briefings. This reception concluded the season, summarising the key points and progress made on issues as diverse as obesity to depression. The reception also included a global photography competition entitled ‘Living with Chronic Disease’.
The APPG on Global Health was proud to launch the Gates Reference Care – a project by NICE International to develop a standardised methodology for good practice in the planning, conduct and reporting of economic evaluation around the world. The method will be used by the Gates Foundation as a comparable tool for assessing value across its global programmes, as well as by wider organisations aiming to improve their priority setting and evaluation in health.
The APPG on Global Health launched a major new report based on work led by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The report describes the UK’s footprint on health globally across the four sectors of academia, government, commerce and not-for-profit and shows that the UK plays a leading role in each sector. The launch included an address by Lord Howell of Guildford, George Freeman MP, and a panel discussion with Professor Baron Peter Piot, Professor Jeremy Farrar, and Lord Kakkar, chaired by Meg Hillier MP.