Global Health Research In Focus is a bi-monthly public lecture 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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Upcoming CONNECT/Research in Focus Lecture: 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.

Sassy Molyneux, Professor in Global Health, Oxford University, UK, previously based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya.

Sarita Pyatha, Research Nurse, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Nepal
Fasseneh Zeela Zaizay, Liberia Country Program Manager, REDRESS, Liberia
Mwanamvua Boga, Nurse Manager and Trainer on Communication Skills, Kenya Medical Research Institute - Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya
Josefridah Nyavula Ngowa, Emergency & Critical Care Clinician, Kilifi County Hospital, Kenya
Ane Haaland, Social Scientist and Trainer, University of Oslo; Atlantis Medical College, Norway

26 January 2021, 08:00 (BRT)13:00 (EAT)/11:00 (GMT)/18:00 (ICT)/ | Register here | Full poster


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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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