Global Health Research in Focus is a public lecture series brought to you by The Global Health Network, featuring prominent speakers in global health research. This series spans research disciplines, regions, and therapeutic areas, and celebrates advances and achievements towards more, faster and better research for health.

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Supporting traumatic injuries research in resource-limited settings


Traumatic injuries disproportionately affect resource-limited countries, with 90% of both injuries and injury-related deaths occurring in LMICs. While we have seen global responses to pandemics such as HIV and, more recently, COVID-19, traumatic injuries account for around 11% of the current Global Burden of Disease, and nearly 5 million deaths per year. Despite being one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and with an annual increase in debilitating injuries, not enough is being done to address this pandemic. In this webinar, The Global Health Network brings together experts in injury to share their experiences of conducting research in resource-limited settings.
Military medical vs humanitarian capability in conflict settings | Dr Michael von Bertele
Health impacts of violence | Prof. Cristiane Andrade

Evaluating the Global Impact of COVID-19 on Child Health and Births


In 2018 at least 5.3 million children under 5 years died globally of preventable conditions which include. While gains have been made over the years to improve access to New-born and Child health services in low-and- middle income countries, some gaps still exist. It is therefore imperative that the global community assesses the impact of COVID-19 on new born and child health using high quality data, and to understand the underlying cause(s) to ensure that the hard-won gains from many years of investments are not eroded in the short term.

Talk 1 - Studying Perinatal Health Internationally during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The iPOP Study.
Talk 2- Repercussions of social isolation due to Covid19 on Neonatal ICU child patients.


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Global Health Research Priorities for Responding to the AMR Silent Pandemic

This webinar had the following objectives:

1. To introduce The Global Health Network AMR Knowledge Hub to the global AMR community
2. Speakers shared experiences from the field on research and knowledge gaps to be addressed for an effective global AMR pandemic response
3. Global experts discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic response experience could be used to combat the silent pandemic of AMR in LMICs


The lived experiences of COVID-19 by front line health workers

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an enormous impact in all countries globally with health professionals at the forefront of the care for patients with the corona virus, themselves at risk or having contracted the virus. Hear their voices as they share their Covid experiences and strategies for supporting one another and managing the emotional impacts of their lived experiences.





Ensuring global access to surgery during COVID-19

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery in 2015 found that Treatment for surgical conditions, a broad range of diseases that represent approximately 30% of the global burden of disease and span 100% of disease sub-categories, remains out of reach for the majority of the world’s population. This results in loss of life and reduced welfare for millions of people, and stunts economic development.



Understanding the gendered dimensions of COVID-19

Pandemics, including COVID-19, are not gender neutral. Evidence shows that the current COVID-19 pandemic is differentially affecting men, women, and people of other genders – both in terms of immediate primary effects and more long term secondary effects. This webinar will discuss the gendered dimensions of COVID-19 in three country contexts, drawing on evidence from two gender and COVID projects working across nine contexts.





Health Benefit Packages for Universal Health Coverage: How can research inform policy and practice?

Health Benefit Packages (HBPs) are an important part of the health resource allocation decision-making process for national policy-makers in many low- and middle-income countries.  HBPs are used to help determine which healthcare interventions and services should be classified as ‘essential’, and inform how to prioritise often limited health resources.  However, HBPs can often be disconnected from budget realities and result in HBPs which far exceed available resources, making them challenging to implement fully.  Recent research carried out in Malawi, has sought to develop new methods to address this challenge and support national policy-makers.


How to collect birth defects data using the Global Birth Defects Description and Coding App

Dr. Leke Aminkeng, Research Associate in Birth Defects; Prof. Helen Dolk, Professor of Epidemiology & Health Services Research; Katy Karnell, Research Assistant; Ulster University

This lecture to mark World Birth Defects Day focuses on surveillance and monitoring of birth defects and launches the Global Birth Defects Description and Coding App, a free surveillance tool for data recording. This lecture is held in partnership with Global Birth Defects



Why is it important for health researchers to engage school students?

Dr Alun Davies, School Engagement Lead at KEMRI | Wellcome Trust Research Programme.

In this lecture launching the mesh school engagement theme, Alun outlined the goals, methods and outcomes of school engagement as a “win-win” engagement approach for both researchers and students. This lecture drew on experiences and reflections from KEMRI | Wellcome’s School Engagement Programme and from an international practitioner’s workshop. Read more about Alun’s work here.

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