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Welcoming address by Professor peter winstanley - dean of WARWICK MEDICAL SCHOOL AND PRESIDENT OF rstmh


Keynote speech: Dr. Steve Allen MBChB, DTM&H Liverpool, MD, FRCPCH

The role of UK based health professionals in global child health 

Professor Steve Allen graduated from Birmingham Medical School in 1982. He is Professor of Paediatrics and International Health at the College of Medicine, Swansea University and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician in the ABM University Health Board, UK. He is the current International Officer for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), member of the Executive Board of the International section of the Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges and was a co-founder of CHILD2015.

Steve spent 6 years working at the MRC Laboratories, The Gambia, West Africa and 4 years in Papua New Guinea seconded from the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford University. Work overseas included training, clinical paediatrics and research in malaria, thalassaemia and malnutrition.

In Swansea, Steve leads teaching in international health and set-up the Swansea-Gambia Link and Ibadan-Swansea Partnership. These Links provide opportunities for the two-way exchange of staff and students to gain hands-on experience of global health and develop open-access eLearning modules to support improved health care delivery.

Steve does clinical work in  paediatric gastroenterology and leads clinical trials of probiotics. He is a Council Member of CAPGAN and is a Board Member of the Wales for Africa Health Links Network.


Plenary 1: Child Health

Dr Justin Thacker

Dr Thacker is a former medical doctor who trained in paediatrics. He worked in Kenya as a paediatrician before leaving medical practice to work internationally for a Christian charity. He is currently the Head of International Operations at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and his department was recently awarded just under £2m by DFID for projects in East and West Africa.

Dr Dan Magnus - "School health and nutrition: improving health, promoting equality, reducing poverty" 

Dan is a paediatric registrar with an interest in global child health. He sits on the committee for the International Child Health Group and was unit lead for Maternal and Child Health on the International Health BSc in Bristol from 2007-11. His main interest is in translating the evidence for global child health interventions into practice and in promoting global child health education for students. He is a founding trustee of KOP – a registered UK charity working with communities in western Kenya on child health and education projects linked to global child health programmes for students in the UK. He is currently focused on designing a complex intervention for delivering child health interventions in primary schools and has just completed the MSc Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dan received the award for BMJ Junior Doctor of the Year in 2011.

Dr Doug Simkiss - 'Progress in Child Survival'

Doug Simkiss is Associate Clinical Professor in Child Health at the University of Warwick and a Consultant Paediatician. As a medical student he had elective periods in the Congo for 3 months and India for 2 months. He completed a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and in 1998-9 ran the Paediatric department at Hlabisa Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He helped to develop and run a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Diploma in Palestinian Child Health in the West Bank, which is now becoming a Masters degree at Al Quds University and he is also involved in the ETATMBA project, training clinical officers from Malawi and Tanzania in advanced neonatal care. He is managing editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics.


Plenary 2: safeguarding women and children

dr geetha subramanian mbbs, frcog, ffsrh.

Religion and culture in women's health

Dr. Geetha Subramanian, a consultant gynaecologist, has been working in the Community Women’s Health in Tower Hamlets since 1986. She has made significant changes to the way the service has been delivered in the areas of family planning, termination of unplanned pregnancy, female genital mutilation (FGM) and young people’s sexual health. With the support of her team, she has taken the initiative to introduce and establish new services like the early medical abortion, management of FGM and a specific team for reaching young people with the objectives of reducing teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections through education and focussed service provision. She has successfully established a centre of excellence for providing specific clinical services for the women of Tower Hamlets.

Under her leadership, the department has continued to expand to deliver community-based gynaecology and sexual health care in a culturally sensitive manner to the often deprived, vulnerable, and occasionally desperate individuals. In recognition of her continued, significant contribution over the years in Tower Hamlets Dr. Subramanian was selected in 2007 for the ‘Asian Women of Achievement’ award, under the Public Sector category.

dr jacqueline woodman (mb.chb, .b.,ch.b.; dipl. obst; mrcog, ma med ed, dphil (oxon))

Promoting empowerment in maternal health: politics, culture and advocacy

I am currently a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Born in Cape Town, South Africa I obtained my first degree (MB,ChB) from the university of Stellenbosch followed by a Diploma in Obstetrics. I pursued further scientific and clinical research at Oxford University in preterm labour and obtained a D.Phil for my efforts. This research transferred well into other areas and I relocated to Australia for two years as Senior Researcher in urogynaecology before returning to London to complete my specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology. I have a keen interest in education and training and obtained a Masters in Medical education in 2011. I’m currently Undergraduate Lead for University of Warwick medical students in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

My South African heritage together with work experience in health care across three continents has left me with a keen interest in the interaction between politics, inequality and health outcomes.


Director Lok Sabha Secretariat Parliament of India

Presently on deputation as Private secretary to the Cabinet Minister of Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj {Local Goverance}


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Plenary 3: Delivering maternal care

Dr Siobhan Quenby

Professor Quenby's current research interests are translational research into, recurrent miscarriage, implantation, preterm and dysfunctional labour and obesity in pregnancy.

She has been active in translational research for twenty years and has published 69 original articles and 16 chapters for academic books. I have previously work at universities of Liverpool and Nottingham. I currently serve on several international and national committees, European Society for Human Reproduction and Endocrinology Early Pregnancy Special Interest Group, MHRA -Expert advisory panel for women?s health, Scientific Advisory Committee RCOG, RCOG preterm labour clinical study group, RCOG early pregnancy clinical study group. I am an associate editor of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth and have previously been an associate editor of Human Reproduction. I have had significant media coverage of my work including local and national newspapers, BBC4 womans hour, BBC TV and ITV news and I am a media spokesperson for RCOG. 

Dr Paul O'Hare

Paul O'Hare is Reader in Clinical Medicine and has a long clinical and research experience in retinopathy with particular interests in screening and retinopathy in ethnic groups and in global health. He is also currently the associate dean for Academic training in the West Midlands NHS deanery.

Jan Phipps - Midwife

Jan has worked as a midwife since 1983 at the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff until 1993.

This was followed by 7 years working in Germany for the British Forces , where maternity care moved to the German Krankenhauses following the closure of the military hospitals.A return to the UK in 2000 and hospital midwifery to Salisbury was quickly followed by a move to the Midlands and back to community midwifery at Warwick. In 2005 I moved into teaching and have been working as a Midwife Lecturer Practitioner since. In 2009 a request was sent to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for a Nurse/Midwife to travel to the Gambia and work alongside the local staff employed by the Methodist church charity who run local clinics in the country. I volunteered and was the first from UK to be invited out there to work for a month. This trip was followed up by a return in 2012 but this time only for 2 weeks to review changes.

Miss Sadia Malick - MRCOG, PGCert, MedEd

Sadia is working as a Consultant at the City Hospital in Birmingham in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and also holds the post of Honorary Lecturer at the Birmingham University. She has been practicing obstetrics and gynaecology for the last 19 years and thus has an extensive experience in all aspects of this field. Her special interest is in obstetrics and office gynaecology with scanning. She has worked in the most impoverished areas in Pakistan and it is that experience which motivates her to devote her energies to help reduce maternal mortality throughout the developing world. Sadia has planned, launched and successfully managed the Havelian Transport project in Pakistan. This provides “life-saving journeys” to women in labour. Ammalife registers the pregnant women, provides health education and then in the event of an emergency in labour, will ensure they are safely transported to a place of care.

“Women in the developing world have the same right to treatment as any other woman across the globe. We should do everything in our power to work towards providing a safer childbirth to every mother in the world. I genuinely believe that through concerted efforts, involving dedicated local partners, we can reduce maternal mortality"


Plenary 4: Student Perspective

Hollie Kluczewski


Currently National Coordinator of Sexression:UK, a national network of student volunteers who provide comprehensive sexuality education for young people in their local communities. Hollie is a sexual and reproductive rights advocate and has worked with the international YouthForce focussing on HIV, has piloted peer education programmes in Rwanda and Malawi, and coordinates the international network of peer educators within the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students Associations)

Anya Gopfert

I am a third year medical student at Newcastle University. I have been passionate about Global Health since starting university, getting involved with Medsin during my first year. My Medsin experiences inspired me to intercalate in International Health at Leeds University. I am part of a Small Working Group who, in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, have conducted a research project surveying medical school curricula for their content on Maternal and Child's Health.

Neal Chauhan

National Committee Welfare co-ordinator for Student for Kids International Project (SKIP<>), a UK student based charity involved in developing international sustainable projects to support the education and health of impoverished children.

Hello! My name is Neal and I’m a student just like you. So why am I speaking in a conference like this? Well it is easy to see that medical schools can’t teach everything and one absence is a focus on global health. The speakers here will no doubt inspire you and I’m here as a representative from SKIP to offer a taste of my limited experience whilst in Tanzania, including teaching children and providing disability awareness days, and from part of my elective working with malnourished children in the tribal Niligiri hills of South India, as to one way you can get involved!

Professor John Yudkin

Emeritus Professor of Medicine at University College London and Trustee of Medsin

Professor Yudkin qualified with a double first in biochemistry at Cambridge and University College London.  He gained further scientific experience researching intermediary carbohydrate metabolism for his MD.  He then spent a (second) period working in Tanzania for two years, as a Senior Lecturer in the University of Dar es Salaam, stimulating a continuing interest in health and development.  He was appointed Senior Lecturer/Consultant in General Medicine and Diabetes at University College London and the Whittington Hospital in 1980, and Professor of Medicine in 1992.  He has pursued research interests in several areas relating to cardiovascular risk, both in diabetic and non-diabetic subjects.  In the last ten years, his work has increasingly focused on global health education, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


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