09:30 Keynote – Dr Frank Atherton
We are delighted to once again have Dr Atherton with us to open the Wales and Africa Health Conference. He is a supporter of the role of the health sector in global citizenship in Wales. He will reflect on the current global health activity in Wales and where we go from here while facing the triple challenges of COVID19 and Brexit and climate change. He himself brings the wisdom from a long career across many countries, including Sub-Saharan Africa.
10:00 Global Health Partnerships Review
Wales has a long history of positive engagement with low- and middle-income countries, and we are now at a moment of considerable opportunity. As we rebuild after a pandemic that has exposed global inequities and interconnections, the Welsh Government commissioned two reports. The first “Review of Welsh Health Partnerships” looked at activity between Wales and sub-Saharan Africa. In preparing the report, we searched for and reviewed existing information, surveyed those involved in international health work, and conducted over 30 stakeholder interviews. We identified 38 Welsh organisations actively engaged in international health work. the second Rapid Review of International Health Activity in Wales looked at the wider across the whole health sector with Europe and the rest of the world.
12:00 Keynote – Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice
Keynote speech delivered by Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice in the Welsh Government.
13:00 Wales’ Global Citizenship – a potted history
It’s often quoted that Wales has a ‘long and proud history of internationalism’ – but what is that story? As we mark the ‘15th birthday’ of the government’s Wales Africa programme, launched in 2006, this session will explore what came before: are there opportunities to learn from projects past? Do health links have a family tree ripe for research; and can understanding approaches of our past, inform our future practice? From the world campaign to eradicate Tuberculosis, to the shared learning of UNESCO, via a dairy in Bihar, India, a University in Nigeria, and a Biotechnology Lab in China… WCIA’s Heritage Advisor (and former Wales Africa Community Links Coordinator), Craig Owen, shares his archival research on Wales’ International Development story.
14:30 COVID-19 in BAME communities and vaccine hesitancy Wales & Africa
There is evidence of disproportionate mortality and morbidity amongst Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, including our NHS staff, who have contracted COVID-19. There is now very good evidence that vaccination is highly effective in protecting against death and hospitalisation from coronavirus (COVID-19). Vaccine hesitancy is higher among some BAME groups than people from a white ethnic background, and uptake is lower. This workshop will review this conundrum with a panel of African diaspora Public Health experts Professor Edward Kunonga and Dr Kelechi Nnoaham.
17:00 Informal Networking
Remember the buzz of our conferences in past years? Join us for a cuppa or a glass and share your reflections and questions.