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Health for All 2020

This year, we're taking Wales and Africa Health Links Network annual conference online! Across four days, we'll be hosting a series of online events covering international health development.

Four afternoons and evenings of debate, webinars, panel discussions, learning and networking in international health development.

Day 1 - 1st October
Day 2 - 2nd October
Day 3 - 3rd October
Day 4 - 5th October

1st October

12:30 Keynote Speech

Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services

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13:00 Zambian COVID-19 Response with Minister for Health Dr. Chitalu Chilyfua

Global perspectives on dealing with pandemics in fragile health systems. 

The Wales and Africa Health Links Conference will be joined by the Dr Chitalu Chilyfua to present the approaches that he has taken in dealing with the pandemic in Zambia.

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14:00 Sexual Reproductive Health and Equality

This talk will discuss the importance of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) for healthy families, communities and society.

SRH promotes the empowerment of women and girls; plays a role in sustainable development and economic progress and may even mitigate climate change.

Given the importance of SRH the talk will consider why women’s health is still so often neglected with women suffering a significant proportion of the Global Burden of Disease.

Lastly, we will identify the opportunities to address SRH. The talk will be followed by a discussion of the points raised and an opportunity for the audience to brain storm challenges to women’s health and opportunities to intervene.

Speakers:

  • Dr Kathrin Thomas
  • Alison Fiander
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16:00 Interburns: Going online

How an international global partnership to tackle the public health threat of burns has adapted to the new ways of working.

Interburns tools and training programmes for quality improvement in burn care in low resource settings have been developed alongside healthcare professionals working in burns in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The integrated approach includes operational standards and service assessment tools to understand gaps and implement change, and community-level prevention programmes and clinical training from primary to advanced level. 

Quality improvement is now having to go online, a challenge when trying to change the daily practice of healthcare professionals who are often overworked or lackinternet connection. This session will give examples of how Interburns is developing different types of content so that its programmes and tools can be accessed more widely and so that burn patients can receive good quality care, wherever they may be.

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2nd October

13:30 Women's Health in Zambia

Join us as we welcome Dr Choolwe Jacobs from Zambia, a public health professional and expert in women's health.

COVID-19 has brought about countless changes to the way we live and work; women's health and services are no different. Dr Jacobs will be discussing the work that she and her colleagues have been undertaking.

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15:00 Wales' Role in Global Health - Political Panel

With the next Senedd election on the horizon in May 2021, we're pleased to host Wales' major political parties for this panel debate on Wales' role in global health. 

It has been nearly two years since the Welsh Government created the Department for International Relations and with it, the first-ever Minister for International Relations. In that time, Wales' role in the world has drastically changed. Leaving the European Union and the onset of a global pandemic brings into focus our role as a globally responsible nation. 

Join us as we welcome expert chair and BBC Cymru Wales journalist Garry Owen and for what we hope will be a lively discussion about Wales' role as a globally responsible nation and the impact we can have on global and international health.

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17:00 Fundraising for health links

Join Wales and Africa Health Links Board Member, Gordon Lewis, to discuss fundraising for your link.

Gordon has several years of fundraising experience, so will chair a discussion where we encourage you to come along and share your hints and tips, and perhaps find some inspiration.


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3rd October

11:00 How is the African Disapora in Wales effected by campaigns against FGM?

The anti-FGM movement in Wales, the UK and internationally claims to have made great strides in helping to reduce the incidence of this harmful, traditional practice.

Whilst that claim is welcome, legislative initiatives, policies, surveillance, awareness-raising, and the drive to prosecute have resulted in some Black and Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME) in the UK being specifically and disproportionately targeted.

Join Wales and Africa Health Links Network trustee Alison Flanders as she chairs a discussion with Zainab Nur from Hidden Voices UK and Brid Hehir from Shifting Sands as we explore the African diaspora voices on FGM.

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14:00 Online teaching: Practical skills

Many partnerships are focussed on capacity building through training for health workers. The challenge for some time has been how we move to more blended teaching methods. This has been escalated by the impact of COVID19.
Dr Ian Happs is a GP Training Program Director in North Wales, and is involved in a partnership with the Family Medicine Speciality Training Program in Lesotho. He is one of the Leads for the Global Fellowship scheme for GP Registrars for Health Education and Improvement Wales. He has experience in using techniques to make online learning effective and interactive. This session will demonstrate some of these and encourage others to share their top tips.

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16:00 Wales and Africa Health links: what's it been like for you?

Make yourself a cuppa and join us for an interactive session with plenty of chat.

We are going to share our experiences of how the last few months has affected us all, in Wales and in Africa.

  • What have we learned?
  • What do we think is going to happen next?
  • How do we change what we do?

We are pleased that our patron Jane Hutt MS will be joining us. Jane grew up in Uganda and has a longstanding involvement with health partnerships and is a staunch supporter of the Welsh Government commitments to being globally responsible.

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5th October

13:00 Lunch & Learn - Needs assessment in mental health programs: The links between Wales & Sub-Saharan Africa

Join us for a Wales Africa Health Links Network community discussion on the importance of an effective appreciative-enquiry approach to need assessment. We will be exploring the dangers of ethnocentricity in our approach, and reflecting on the benefits of working with equity and in an ethos of authentic mutual learning. 

We aim to contribute to working together to collectively building principal for best practice.

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15:00 Dignity & respect in health photography and storytelling

This session will look at how health links can examine their own operations and make positive steps to decolonising our work.

Listen to photographers, communications and Health specialists discus the importance of an anti-racist approach to photography and storytelling in Health international development and aid work.

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18:00 Learning in mental health from Lesotho, Uganda & Zanzibar

Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders are common in all regions of the world, affecting every community and age group across all income countries. While 14% of the global burden of disease is attributed to these disorders, most of the people affected - 75% in many low-income countries - do not have access to the treatment they need.

This session will present learning from Mental health projects in Lesotho, Uganda and Zanzibar, using the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), and other community-based approaches.

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