Enabling Health Research in Every Healthcare Setting

10 Years of addressing inequity in where research happens,
who leads & who benefits.

University of Cape Town, South Africa
24 – 25 November 2022

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To tackle disease we need evidence to be generated through every type of health research study. This conference aims to bring together health research teams, organisations, health-workers, policy makers and practitioners to explore together how health research can be embedded into every healthcare setting.

The Global Health Network is also celebrating 10 years of mobilising research skills, know-how and methods to foster capable teams that generate new treatment strategies and prevention mechanisms that reduce the burden of disease within communities.

This is an opportunity to discover and share excellence in health research across disease areas, geographies and types of research and generate outputs that can be taken up and used by others.

Conference Programme and Scientific Sessions

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Day 1: 24 November 2022

Light breakfast available from 07h15 – for registration and networking

08:40 – 09:00
Welcome and Opening

Professor Pontiano Kaleebu, Director, Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) & Director of MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit, Uganda

Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, Director-General a.i., Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Ethiopia

Professor Trudie Lang, Director, The Global Health Network, United Kingdom

09:00 – 10:30
Session 1: Fostering Leadership and Building Lasting Capable Research Teams

Chair: Lolem B. Ngong, Chief of Staff, Amref Health Africa, Kenya

Plenary
WHO and needs-driven research in under-represented populations, a 2022 World Health Assembly Resolution
Dr Vasee Moorthy, Senior Advisor R&D, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Talks

Slum and Rural Health Initiative Research with Purpose Academy (SRA): Building Interdisciplinary Research Capacity and Leadership
Miracle Adesina, Senior Research Associate and Country Coordinator (Nigeria), Slum and Rural Health Initiative, Nigeria

Building a Research Network through Clinical Research Collaboration
Dr Anani Badje, Project Manager (Côte d’Ivoire), Programme PACCI, Côte d’Ivoire

Coordination of a Global Network for Creating Enabling Environments for Social Innovations in Health
José René Bagani Cruz, Network Coordinator, Social Innovation in Health Initiative, Philippines

Presence of the Scientific Advisory Committee contributes to enhance the academic development of the Hospital
Glenda Ernst, Scientific Committee Coordinator, Hospital Britanico, Argentina

"Beyond theory": Methodological mentoring to strengthen health research.
Dr Fernando Rubinstein, Director of Education, Instituto de Efectividad Clinica y Sanitaria (IECS), Argentina

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break and Posters

11:00 – 12:30
Session 2: Ensuring Research Findings are Taken Up into Policy and Practice

Chair: Professor John Reeder, Director, Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) & Director, Department of Research for Health, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Plenary
Building Health Research into Health Systems in Bangladesh by Embedding Skills and Supporting the Whole Research Cycle
Dr Aliya Naheed, Scientist, Initiative for Non Communicable Diseases, Health System and Population Studies Division, icddr,b and lead for The Global Health Network Asia Regional Coordination Centre, Bangladesh

Talks

From policy to practice: lessons learned from two regional consultations on strengthening the implementation of tobacco control policies in India
Vivek Dsouza, Research Officer, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, India

Science-based health innovation in Uganda: creative strategies for applying research to development
Nalwoga Aminah, Researcher, Save A Life Foundation, Uganda

Bridging the gap from Knowledge to Action: Implementation of the Data to Policy (D2P) training program at sub-national levels in Zambia
Kutha Banda, Senior Program Officer - Learning and Evaluation, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Zambia

Improving prison health in Madagascar through knowledge translation: an innovative challenge
Elodie Chevallier, Project Coordinator, Institut Pasteur De Madagascar, Madagascar

Promoting health and gender equity through research ethics capacity-building: the Spanish-West African experience
Farah Nabil, Research Associate & Project Manager, Universidad De Zaragoza, Spain

Towards Achieving improved access to youth-friendly Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services in Cross River State (CRS) Nigeria; Sustaining Evidence-Driven Advocacy through the CRS SRHR policy
Goodness Odey, Public Health Practitioner, University of Calabar, NigeriaMadonna Badom, Youth Advocate, UNFPA, Nigeria 

12.30 - 14.00
Lunch Break and Posters 

14.00 - 15.30
Session 3: Enabling Health Research in Every Healthcare Setting

Chair: Dr Sally Nicholas, Head of Health Systems and Environments, Wellcome, United Kingdom

Plenary
EDCTP: Connecting and Building Research Excellence Across Africa
Dr Tom Nyirenda, Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Development Manager, EDCTP, South Africa

Talks

The WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network’s efforts to “level the playing fields” for data sharing by researchers in malaria endemic countries
Professor Karen Barnes, Head of the Pharmacology Group, WWARN, South Africa

The Neuroviruses Emerging in the Americas Network (NEAS): fostering research of Acute Neuroinflammatory Disorders (ANIDs) in healthcare settings in Colombia 
Jose Miguel Enciso Gutierrez, Research Assistant, Universidad Del Valle, Colombia

Challenges in building research skills, experience and opportunities with the Honduras Health Care System
Dr Jackeline Alger, Parasitologist, Departamento de Laboratorio Clínico, Hospital Escuela, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Voluntary Consent to Research on HIV-infected Children in the CHAPAS-4 and ODYSSEY HIV Clinical Trials
Shafic Makumbi, Research Manager, Joint Clinical Research Centre, Uganda

Setting an agenda for decolonisation of global health research
Dr Nadia Tagoe, Researcher / Research Manager and Adjunct Lecturer, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Capacity of laboratories as surveillance sites for Neisseria gonorrhoeae culture and antimicrobial resistance or susceptibility testing in public hospitals within Kisumu County, Kenya
Walter Agingu, Laboratory Manager, Nyanza Reproductive Health Society, Kenya 

15.30 – 16.00
Coffee Break and Posters 

16.00-17.30
Session 4: Engaging the Community in Every Step of the Research Cycle

Chair: Dr Mahesh Maskey, Executive Chief, Nepal Public Health Foundation, Nepal 

Plenary
Community Engagement – Our Experience with Zika in Brazil
Dr Gustavo Matta, Public Health Researcher, FIOCRUZ, Brazil

Talks

Community engagement in a Community Health Worker program designed for tribal areas, findings of a qualitative study in Kerala, India
Gloria Benny, Research Assistant, The George Institute for Global Health, India

Pictorial evidence profiles for involvement of the less-empowered citizens in high-level decision making
Edward Kayongo, Research Scientist, The Centre for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES), Uganda 

Community sensitisation using participatory arts-based methods for the research study 'Tupumue: Non-communicable lung disease in Kenya: from burden and early life determinants to participatory inter-disciplinary solutions.'
Dr Cressida Bowyer, Senior Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom 

Exploring knowledge of research participants on their roles & responsibilities in clinical research in Blantyre and Chikwawa districts of Southern Malawi: expectation vs reality in practice
Gertrude Banda, Global Health Bioethics Network Fellow/ Scientist, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust, Malawi 

Promoting Research Equity and Participation Through Community Engagement: Lessons Learned from the PREVAIL InVITE Study in Liberia
Barthalomew Wilson, Social Mobilization, Communications & Community Engagement Manager, Partnership for Research on Vaccines and Infectious Diseases in Liberia/FHI-Clinical, Liberia 

Embracing Agility in the time of COVID- 19: The Case of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust School Engagement Programme, Kilifi Kenya
Angela Kyalo, School Engagement Programme Lead, KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya 

17:30
Day 1 Closing Remarks

Professor John Reeder, Director, Special Programme for Researchand Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) & Director, Department of Research for HealthWorld Health Organization, Switzerland 

Please join a conference photo session for all delegates outside the Sarah Baartman Hall immediately following the closing remarks. (Please note this will be published and shared widely)

Day 2: 25 November 2022

Light breakfast available from 07h15

08:00 – 08:30
Special Conference Session: Announcing the Designation of The Global Health Network as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre & Inviting Engagement with a New Open-Access Online Tool to Support Health Research 

08:30 – 10:00
Session 5: Improving Health Research Methods and Processes

Chair: Professor Hector H. Garcia, Director, Center for Global Health, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and Head, Cysticercosis Unit, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas, Lima, Peru 

Plenary
The Global Health Network: Enabling health research by sharing knowledge to drive equity in where research happens, who leads and who benefits from the evidence
Professor Trudie Lang, Director, The Global Health Network, United Kingdom 

Talks

Participatory visual methods and the mobilization of community knowledge: Working towards more equitable research processes
Gill Black, Director, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, South Africa 

ClinOps clinical research operation training program in LMICs
Eyasu Makonnen Eshetu, Deputy Head, Center for Innovative Drug Development & Therapeutic Trials for Africa, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Effectiveness of a Diabetes Program based on eHealth on capacity building and quality of care in type 2 diabetes: a pragmatic quasi-experimental study
Daniela Morelli, Researcher, Instituto de Efectividad Clinica y Sanitaria (IECS), Argentina 

Promoting responsible research processes using digital technology, and its impact on research conduct – an experience from Pakistan
Fatima Khurshid, Associate Clinical Research Officer, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre & Research Centre, Pakistan 

A vision to strengthen resources and capacity of the Palestinian health research system: a qualitative assessment
Mohammed Alkhaldi, Assistant Prof. in Public Health Systems, Management, and Policies, Canadian University Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Postdoctoral Researcher in Global Health, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Canada 

"Innovative open source approaches to automating clinical data management for a large multi-centre cohort study."
Narshion Ngao, Senior Data Manager,  KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme 

10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break and Posters 

10:30 – 12:00
Session 6: Preventing Pandemics with Responsive Research Systems

Chair: Professor Cristiani Vieira Machado, Education, Information and Communication Vice President, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Fiocruz, Brazil 

Plenary
Why we need research capabilities in place in every healthcare setting if we are to prevent the next pandemic
Dr John Amuasi, Leader, Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group, KCCR-KNUST, Ghana 

Talks

Strengthening research ethics governance and regulatory oversight in Central America and the Dominican Republic in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study
Julio Canario, Director, Etikos, Dominican Republic

Research Training Needs in Sub Saharan Africa to Help Ensure Adequate Preparation for Response to Disease Outbreaks
Sylvie Kwedi, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon

Impact of a multicomponent intervention on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro
Fernando Bozza, Senior Scientist, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil

Using human-centered design approaches to develop innovative models for delivery of essential health services in three Philippine rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
Marvinson Fajardo, Research Project Manager, Social Innovation Iin Health Initiative- Philippines Hub 

Developing a Policy Statement and Recommendations for Pakistan’s Ethics Review Framework and IRBs in Support of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
Farah Asif, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan 

The SCORE project: A COVID-19 remote triage, surveillance, and community engagement project in Malawi
Melody Sakala, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Clinical Research Programme (MLW), Malawi 

12:00 – 13:30
Lunch Break and Posters

13:30 – 15.00
Session 7: Generating New Evidence from Data Related to Health

Chair: Dr Amel Ghouila, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States 

Opening Remarks:Dr Bilal Mateen, Senior Manager (Digital Technology), Wellcome, United Kingdom 

Plenary
Fostering Data Science Capacity and Engagement in Africa
Professor Nicola Mulder, Professor and head of the Computational Biology division, University of Cape Town & Leader H3ABioNet, South Africa 

Talks

Real World Data for measuring primary health care and its effects on maternal & child health in Brazil
Valentina Martufi, Researcher Cidacs/Fiocruz, Brazil 

Machine-learning prediction of early postpartum glucose intolerance in women with gestational diabetes mellitus
Durga Parkhi, Postgraduate Researcher, University of Warwick, United Kingdom 

Socio-economic factors associated with adolescent pregnancy and motherhood: analysis of the 2017 Ghana maternal health survey
Ephraim Senkyire, Registered General Nurse, Ga West Municipal Hospital-Ghana Health Service, Ghana 

Equity in reproductive health care using health equity transformation model
Christy Martina T, Research Scholar,  School of Healthy System Studies, India 

Assessment of the effect of Community Differentiated Service Delivery models on Viral Load Suppression among Children and Adolescents living with HIV in Uganda.
Dr Christine Mulowoza, Research Coordinator, Ministry of Health - Uganda 

15.00 – 15.20
Coffee and Posters 

15:20 – 16.40
Session 8: Women in Research  

Chair: Dr Iris Mwanza, Deputy Director, Women in Leadership, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States 

Panel
Dr Yewande Alimi, Program Coordinator, Antimicrobial Resistance, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Ethiopia 

Professor Thumbi Ndung'u, Director for basic and translational science, Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa 

Dr Aliya Naheed, Scientist, Initiative for Non Communicable Diseases, Health System and Population Studies Division, icddr,b and lead for The Global Health Network Asia Regional Coordination Centre, Bangladesh 

Katherine Littler, Co-lead, Global Health Ethics Team, World Health Organisation, Switzerland 

Professor Cristiani Vieira Machado, Education, Information and Communication Vice President, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Fiocruz, Brazil 

Dr Lyda Osorio, Associate Professor, Universidad Del Valle, Colombia 

Dr Alice S. Lakati, Director of Research and Community Extension, Amref International University, Kenya

16.40
Conference close: The next 10 years, and beyond!

Dr Raji Tajudeen, Head, Division of Public Health Institutes and Research, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Ethiopia. The Global Health Network AFRICA.

Professor Cristiani Vieira Machado, Education, Information and Communication Vice President, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Fiocruz, Brazil. The Global Health Network Latin America and the Caribbean

Dr Aliya Naheed, Scientist, Initiative for Non Communicable Diseases, Health System and Population Studies Division, icddr,b  Bangladesh. The Global Health Network ASIA.

Professor John Reeder, Director, Special Programme for Researchand Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) & Director, Department of Research for HealthWorld Health Organization, Switzerland

Professor Trudie Lang, Director, The Global Health Network, United Kingdom 

Confirmed plenary speakers, session chairs and panel members

Pontiano Kaleebu
Director, Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Director, MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Francine Ntoumi
Founder, Chair and Executive Director of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research, Republic of Congo

John Amuasi
Leader, Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group, KCCR-KNUST, Ghana

Jackeline Alger
Board Member, Instituto de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Parasitologia Antonio Vidal, and Member, TDR Regional Training Centre for LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean)

Iris Mwanza
Deputy Director, Women in Leadership, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Yewande Alimi
Program Coordinator, Antimicrobial Resistance, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Gustavo Matta
Public Health Researcher, Oswaldo Fiocruz Foundation

Hector H. Garcia
Director, Center for Global Health, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and Head, Cysticercosis Unit, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas, Lima, Peru

Thomas Nyirenda
Strategic Partnerships & Capacity Development Manager, the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

Ezequiel Garcia Elorrio
Co-founder, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) and Lead, Department of Health Care Quality and Patient Safety, IECS

Lolem Ngong
Chief of Staff, Amref Health Africa

John Reeder
Director of TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and Director of WHO’s Research for Health Department, part of WHO’s Science Division

Trudie Lang
Director, The Global Health Network, University of Oxford and Research Director, Health Data Research (HDR) Global

Katherine Littler
Co-lead, Global Health Ethics Team, World Health Organisation

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Symposia

We invite our partners to hold focus symposia within their area of interest. For example, we are planning symposia on AMR, a focus session for nurses working in research, and another on biorepositories. We aim for these focus areas to encourage and facilitate sharing of know-how in the specific topic between disease areas, teams, across geographies and organisations. Please get in touch to explore this opportunity, email info@theglobalhealthnetwork.org

The Global Health Network Conference Symposia Programme 

23 November 2022 

Preceding the main conference is a day of six research symposia to focus on specific topics to accelerate progress on diverse themes in global health. On registering for the conference you will also be able to register for the symposia below: Which of these will you be joining?  

AMR Knowledge Hub Symposium: Tackling AMR: How implementation research is vital in a One Health approach – All Day

AMR is arguably the most significant threat to health across the world. Join us to discuss how we can better collaborate and share know-how to generate the vital evidence needed to tackle this ongoing and deadly pandemic. 

The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE Symposium 2022: Connecting Excellence in Nursing Research – Morning

Nurses and midwives are the frontline of healthcare delivery. Nurses should be leading research and generating evidence to change and improve their practice. Come and discuss how nurses can be empowered, supported and trained to become world-class research leaders. 

Enhancing Research Capacity Strengthening: Lessons from EDCTP Networks of Excellence and the DELTAS Initiatives consortia - Morning

For over a decade EDCTP has been working to connect research teams across Africa in these networks of excellence. There has been tremendous success that has built careers, strengthened programmes and delivered vital evidence. Meet these leaders and the teams from the DELTAS consortia to discuss together how we can connect excellence better across Africa to build on this success and grow our partnerships.

How to communicate and negotiate within a research team during a pandemic: A perspective from ALERRT Network - Afternoon

The ALERRT Network was formed after the Ebola epidemic and was ready to respond to COVID-19. How do we all work better together to be ready for the next outbreak? Hear our experience and how we need to tackle gaps and connect.  

LactaHub Symposium on infant and young child feeding - focusing on creating an enabling environment for breastfeeding and breastmilk - Afternoon

In this half day LactaHub Symposium, participants will learn how academia, the uptake of breastfeeding research findings and health professional training can be influenced by different sources or methods of transferring information. The goal is to raise awareness and discuss ways to optimise supportive, accurate information sharing that helps to create an enabling environment for breastfeeding and breastmilk.

Virtual Biorepository Symposium - Morning

Biorepositories are crucial for progress, collaboration and the rapid generation of evidence. The missing evidence in so many diseases could be unlocked if we could make better use of laboratory samples, capacity and expertise. Hence, we want to explore the ethics, practicalities and ensuring equity in establishing a durable, locally-controlled, grassroots virtual system across the Global South and elsewhere.