Conference

Workshops

We are in the process of finalizing the workshops.

All workshops have a max. capacity of 25 delegates. May open up some workshops to more people if they seem to be very popular.

N.B. Numbers beside workshop titles refer to unique workshop code. Make a note of these while booking.

Saturday morning - Workshop 1

1.001 Dr Justin Thacker – Challenges of working overseas

Working overseas, even as an elective student, can bring a range of practical, professional and ethical challenges. Should elective students undertake procedures they wouldn’t do in the UK? What do you do if you uncover corruption? What is the role of a student in a district hospital in Africa? These and other questions will be explored in this interactive workshop. Come prepared to share your own views.

1.002 Dr Steve Allen – Jugaad; what the NHS could learn from frugal innovation in developing countries

Jugaad, or “frugal innovation” is “making do with what one has to solve one’s problems – with a degree of improvisation”. Importantly, the financial constraints drive the innovation. Jugaad lies behind much of the growth in the BRIC economies and has been adopted by several multinationals. What examples are there of Jugaad in health? During this period of austerity, is it time to apply the Jugaad mindset  to the NHS? Bring along your ideas of how the NHS might learn from innovators in resource-poor settings!

1.003 Dr. Dan Magnus – Make it Real: Designing and Delivering Community Child Health Programmes

Translating the evidence for child health programmes into practice can be challenging. This workshop will draw on a decade of experience working with communities and partners in western Kenya to guide participants through how to design and deliver programmes for improving the health of children in developing countries. It will use real examples of programmes to illustrate key elements for successful programming and will give participants the chance to discuss their own ideas. This workshop is for people with a particular interest in child health or in community programme delivery.

1.004 Prof. Dean Winstanley, Sophie Robbins and Connie Yu – Malaria

Although malaria is both a preventable and treatable disease, it still infects 350-500 million people each year, killing 1 million. It is a major cause of childhood mortality, with a child somewhere in the world dying every 30 seconds due to malaria. Malaria infection during pregnancy also results in significant morbidity in both mother and child.

Aimed at students, this workshop aims to discuss the impact that malaria has on child and maternal health, using two case studies. This is an interactive session, where delegates can discuss the journey of a patient with malaria, from when they become infected to management of their condition and how it affects their lives.

1.005 Dr. Richard Collins – Medicine in a tropical environment

I worked for some years in a Hospital in Tanzania and have been teaching English and Tanzanian medical  students . My emphasis is on good clinical examination and signs illustrated  by photos of general medical cases  and XRays from the wards and outpatients . In the workshop I will be asking questions of the audience and filling in gaps in your knowledge.

1.006 Janet Hearn – Working for MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières is an International Independant Medical Emergency Organization currantly In 60 countries world wide. MSF provides relief to the victims of War, Displacement, Famine, Epidemics and Natural Disasters, irrespective of race, religeon or political affiliation. When we observe abuses of Human Rights we speak out. We are often the first in and the last out!
We recruit volunteers from many differant areas of speciality, not just medics.
I look forward to meeting you all and answering your questions.

1.007 Dr Karilyn Collins - Palliative care in the developing world

The workshop will start with a short talk on the development of palliative care in Tanzania drawing on Tanga region and the Lake Zone where I have been actively involved in setting up palliative care teams.  The session will continue with interactive teaching using the Help the Hospice’s Palliative Care Toolkit and  Training Manual

1.008 David Wells and Anna Sewell - from CHIMATData games: making the most of child health data

A fun and interactive workshop to introduce health professionals to the power of data.  Using interesting forms of data and games, the workshop will help participants to analyse data to make a difference in practice.

1.009 Dr Douglas Simkiss - Promoting neonatal survival

This workshop will look at the interventions to improve neonatal survival around the world. Birth asphyxia is a major problem and we will learn how to resuscitate a sick neonate with neoNatalie and the Helping Babies Breathe programme. We will also look at Kangaroo Mother Care to prevent hypothermia in small babies, infant massage to reduce skin infections and strategies to feed preterm infants.

1.010 Dr Geetha Subramanian - Human rights principles applied to women’s health

Human rights - what is it about?

Do you know about Human Rights watch?

Are you aware of the important precepts of 'Human Rights'?

Have you heard of CEDAW?

Have you ever thought about which aspects of women's life can be considered under Human Rights precepts?

If you want to find out, share views and discuss and contribute later in your professional life, come and join me for this workshop!

1.011 Lucy West and Nicci West - Syria in Conflict

Syrian conflict has already created a horrendous legacy for maternal and child health and it is far from over. Reports from the country, and surrounding refugee camps, describe cases of child amputees due to shelling, depression, anxiety and aggression in children, and the use of sexualised violence as a form of torture.  In addition, the systematic destruction of Syria's infrastructure and health services is affecting daily life for civilians. Whatever the outcome of the conflict, Syria will have a generation of women and children scarred by war. We explore these issues and discuss what long term impacts they will have post-conflict.

1.012 - Professor Regan's workshops has unfortunately had to be cancelled

1.013 Dr. Andy Young - "The Golden Minute: Neonatal Resuscitation in the Developing World"

You'll never again be as vulnerable as you were in those first 60 seconds. If you were born in the UK you had well trained staff with you and world class equipment moments away, but what's the story in the global south?

Assessment at birth and simple newborn care are things that every baby deserves. Simple measures can save lives and give a much better start to many babies who struggle to breathe at birth. Effective neonatal resuscitation in resource poor settings focuses on skilled attendance at birth, assessment of every baby, temperature support, stimulation to breathe, and assisted ventilation as needed, all within "The Golden Minute" after birth.

Find out where we've come from, where we're at and where we're going in this critical area at the Neonatal Resus in the Developing World Workshop.

1.014 Sam Williams - Strategic Planning

Saturday Afternoon - Workshop 2 (Advocacy)

2.001 Danny Hutley - Change.org- The Generation of Change: Trends and Tools in Global Power

How will our generation be defined? The economic, social and environmental crises are accelerating, but our generation is at the intersection of a number of trends, which mean we have the power to change things. In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss those trends, create a plan, and learn to use the tools we're going to need to be the generation of change.

2.002 Esme Madill – The mental and physical impact of child detention on children in the UK

This workshop will look briefly at the general mental and physical health issues affecting children and young people seeking asylum in the UK. We will then explore the impact of detention on this vulnerable group, looking at the short term and long term effects of detention and exploring the implications of this for practitioners coming into contact with children and young people who have been detained.

I will give an overview of the campaign to end child detention and in the workshop there will be an opportunity for participants to think about how they can contribute to the campaign. Participants will also be invited to give their hand-prints as a sign of their commitment to ending child detention and these will be sent to Theresa May if participants are happy to take part in this action.

2.003 Anya Gopfert, IFMSA – "The Missing Youth" What needs to be done to engage youth in Maternal and Child Health issues.

Although recently the youth movement in international development has been gaining momentum, the large majority of International meetings and summits have neglected the importance of student and youth engagement. As a network of students passionate for Global Health Equity, international summits and meetings provide opportunities for targeting key stakeholders in specific areas. This workshop will explore how the International Strategies, namely the Global Strategy on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have been affected by a lack of youth involvement and will discuss opportunities for students to get involved in other international politics.

2.004 Dr. Waterston, Ahimza Thirunavukarasu and Fiona Robertson - Can we achieve MDG4 without improving child rights?

The workshop will first examine MDG 4 and in particular the social determinants of the health problems which it is intended to resolve - for example, poverty/inequity, access to health care and violence against children. The links between health and child rights will be examined and finally, the measures to improve child rights in all countries, including the UK. In groups, participants will examine specific articles in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and examine in their own experience ways to attain these rights, and the advocacy techniques to enable them to do so. A short version of the CRC is available here.

2.005 Sexpression - Hollie Kluczewski and Dale - Equalising the gender gap - what about the boys?

It's widely agreed and eagerly quoted by global health enthusiasts everywhere that we won't achieve poverty eradication or health equity without gender equality. But what does this utopia of gender equality look like and how can we achieve it? Is it empty words spouted by academics? Are the only ones actually doing something about it crazed feminists burning their bras? Well the short answer is no! For the long answer join Sexpression:UK as we explore how to involve boys and men in gender equality issues, this will be a lively workshop with plenty of interaction.

2.006 PharmAware - Beth Hall, Nathan Cantley and David - Is the Pharmaceutical Industry Selling Sickness?

In this workshop, the PharmAware committee will delve into the issue of Drug Promotion targeted at health professionals and patients. We'll discuss the public health impact of misleading information, some of the efforts to curb the problem and what we can do about it as individuals and as a Medsin network.

It'll be really interactive - we'll get delegates to read over two interesting recent BMJ articles in groups and discuss their implications. If you're up for a mish-mash of evidence-based medicine training, open debate and brainstorming, then come along to this workshop!

2.007 Oxfam - Warwick University Representatives - Aimee Hardaker, Pete McNally, Luke Theobald and Benjamin Clifford - Birth Rights

In line with the theme of this conference Warwick Oxfam are providing a workshop about Oxfam's Birth Rights Campaign which looks more in depth to maternal health. It will also discuss the Millenium Development Goals which is a series of commitments to lift around 500 mil people out of poverty. Find out more here http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/. We will also be welcoming an open discussion about these commitments and Oxfam's goals to improving maternal health.

2.008 Izzy Braithwaite and Safiya Dhanani - Health Planet - Climate change and maternal health

According to Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, climate change is “one of the greatest challenges of our time. (It) will affect, in profoundly adverse ways, some of the most fundamental determinants of health.” Kris Ebi, a lead author of the human health section of the 2007 IPCC report, said that children are “highly vulnerable” to climate impacts, since a large proportion of the health impacts of climate change are estimated to hit children.  These threats to health are starting to manifest themselves in changing patterns of disease, heat stress, water and food insecurity, damage due to extreme weather events, migration and in the future there are likely to be much bigger indirect effects on the global economy and human security. The direct and indirect effects will disproportionately affect women and children, especially the poorest who are least able to adapt.  Both groups also stand to gain greatly from mitigation: for example, by reducing deaths from indoor solid fuel use in developing countries, and creating healthier and more sustainable cities.  Join us to learn more and discuss what we can do about it…

2.009 Shuo Zhang - Our common future: protecting the NHS

The world population is increasing by approximately 74 million people per year. It will reach 9.0 billion around 2050. This will undoubtedly put pressure on already fragile services and diminishing resources. We need to learn to live more sustainably and more within our means. This applies to our healthcare systems too. In this workshop we will explore various visions of healthcare, discuss how it can be made fit for the future, and consider policy moves already in this direction. We aim to arrive at a common vision for the future of the NHS and I hope to persuade you that the ethos of sustainability makes sense both for the climate and for our patients.

2.010 Kush Naker - Why are drugs not developed for children?

The workshop will be discussing how the current international intellectual property system drives health research and development in the direction of producing expensive drugs that can recover R&D costs. This inherent link between anticipated drug profits funding further R&D and innovation mean there is no incentive in developing drugs for markets, which have little or no wealth, ie. children. Alternative systems of funding drug development need to be considered and a few of these will be discussed.

2.011 Irise - The Girl Effect: How investing in a twelve year old girl can change the world

Irise works to support the education and empowerment of women and girls in East Africa. We outline the evidence behind 'The Girl Effect': the idea that investing in girls can transform their communities and the world. We have lots of opportunities to get involved in our advocacy and research so come along to find out more!

2.012 Sam Williams - Branch sustainability

2.013 Mike Eliasz - Where does health fit in? Sustainable development goals and post-2015

What does the future post 2015 framework look like, how is it likely to play out? This workshop will follow up on Rio+20 and discuss the future of health in a post 2015 world. How health fits into potential sustainable development goals and the possibility of Universal Health Coverage as the post 2015 goal.

Sunday – Workshop 3

3.001 Hollie Kluczuwski – Eradication of mother to child transmission of HIV: is it possible?

This workshop will explore contemporary themes in HIV prevention. By examining the reasons why women living with HIV give birth to babies destined to live with HIV, we will explore whether the eradication of mother to child transmission of HIV is a wildly optimistic statement or an achievable goal. The workshop will be interactive and assumes no previous knowledge. Whilst we will cover the bio-medical basics of vertical transmission the focus will be on exploring the wider determinants of health as applied to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)

3.002 MSF video and discussion - Joseph Heskin and Sandra Marchal

Moving accounts of atrocities and humanitarian crises since the founding of MSF in 1971, told using original footage with commentary by MSF staff
Staff are shown wrestling with their consciences, struggling with emotional involvement and receiving threats to their personal security.
The film delves into the hows and whys of MSF’s long-term work with
HIV/AIDS patients and its Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines. It explores how MSF as an organisation seeks to learn from its experiences, overcome constraints, innovate and speak out to uphold humanitarian principles.

3.003 Thare Machi – HIV DVD workshop

3.004 Prof. Mala Roa - via skype - Women, climate change and health - the need for urgent action

'Climate Change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century'.  It is already impacting on global populations and ecosystems, and threatening to set back the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. But the impacts are not being felt equally between men and women.

Women in developing countries have the fewest resources but will be the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  In many parts of the world, women face unequal access to decision-making, formal financial systems, land ownership, reproductive health care, and education and information, undermining their health and wellbeing. It is these existing inequalities, that increase their vulnerability to climate change and its health impacts. Yet, women’s participation in grass-roots organizations and their willingness to volunteer for community efforts make them valuable contributors to climate change adaptation strategies. When empowered politically and economically, women are also able to use their skills as 'innovators, organizers, leaders, educators and caregivers' to establish sustainable ways of living. Women’s vulnerability to the health impacts of climate change, as well as their potential to lead actions to address them, need to be better recognised in national and global policies.

The medical profession has the potential to play an influential role in achieving better health and well-being among women.

What the workshop will involve:

·         Professor Mala Rao will present key facts and figures to explain how climate change particularly affects women's health and well-being

·         This will be followed by a discussion on how medical students and the medical profession can contribute to actions to address women's vulnerability to the health impacts of climate change.

3.005 Dr. Alison Payne - Female Genital Mutilation

I will give an overview of the practice of FGM, what it involves, where it is practised and the cultural issues around it.  FGM is illegal in the UK - why have there been no prosecutions?

If there is time I would like to consider and challenge you to consider broader issues of sex and gender that arise as we work in a multicultural society.  What are the challenges for doctors today?  How does the internet and other 'social media' affect our (and our patients') perception of ourselves, our body image and issues of gender and sexuality?

3.006 Sexpression - Is sex education a right?

The UN convention on the rights of the child aludes to the rights of all young people to receive education regarding their sexual and reproductive health, yet in the UK as well as in nearly every country worldwide there is no legal framework and therefore coverage is patchy and standards variable. Is the government breaching our young people's rights? In this workshop we will explore the concept of a right's based approach to sex education, what are rights anyway and how do we get them? These questions and many more explored in this engaging workshop!

3.007 Taavi Tillmann - What role does the global economy play in perpetuating the death and illness of children and their mothers? Why are medical students integral in the movement that is changing this?

The global economy is one of the biggest determinants in deciding whether mothers in a developing country have access to maternity services; whether children have access to vaccines and other essential medicines; whether families have access to clean water, sanitation and adequate nutrition; as well as whether mothers give their babies breastmilk or formula milk.

The illusion is often projected that it is local governments in the developing countries who can and should provide see to all of the above, and any failures thereof derive largely from incompetence or corruption. However, little is known of the covert and powerful ways in which our own governments in the developed world systematically undermine maternal and child health, by their everyday affairs via institutions such as the IMF, World Bank and WTO. I will illuminate these links, analyze the structures of power that perpetuate them, and describe the emerging movement that seeking to rectify the situation, with particular reference to the activities of medical students.

3.008 Richard Shelly - Positive Money. Fixing the Economy, Fixing our Health

What actually is economic growth? What causes inflation? Why is there so much debt and who is it owed to? These questions and many more will be addressed in an interactive manner for anyone who wants to understand more about our confusing economic system and discuss what realistic solutions there are out there for the economic causes to the problems we care about.

3.009 Olivia Chu - Obstetrics and Mortality

Workshop will look into the common obstetric causes of maternal mortality. Obstetric deaths are often preventable; medically speaking, MDG 5 can be easily achieved, but what are the obstacles? Workshop will involve discussion on strategies for maternal & newborn health, how these can be delivered, and what we can do to progress towards lower maternal mortality.

3.010 Irise - Education. Period: Ensuring no girl is held back by her period

Irise works to support the education and empowerment of women and girls in East Africa. We are currently researching and piloting solutions to Menstrual Hygiene Management. Lack of appropriate education and sanitary products is causing girls to miss school and impacting on their education. We will talk about the different approaches to the problem with a case study of our work. We have lots of opportunities to get involved in our advocacy and research so come along to find out more!

3.011 Eleanor Swenson - HOMED - Why does homelessness kill?

What we'll cover:

- A brief talk from a Homed branch on their work

- What does 'homeless' mean?

       - The focus here is on the invisibility of homeless people in shelters, squats, B & Bs, youth hostels etc

- Why does homelessness kill?

       - A group exploration of why the average age of death of a homeless person in the UK is 47

- What can I do?

       - Profile of a good projects by drs

       - Invite to join campaigns/ key charities etc

3.012 Rachael Winstanley and Pete Campbell - Why the market always fails

3.013 Martina Gant and Rhiannon Cornick - The Kenyan Orphan Project (KOP) - Debating the best way to support overseas projects: fundraising or volunteering?

The Kenyan Orphan Project is a UK registered charity that supports orphaned and vulnerable children in western Kenya. KOP assists over 3.400 children per day through a student programme run in over 16 different universities across the UK, this programme encourages students to become advocates for change and raises money and awareness through both fundraising and volunteering  But is this the best way to tackle the poverty and health issues in this part of Kenya? Should it be one or the other? Fundraising or volunteering? And what are the ethical considerations for this type of charity work? Come along, share views and discuss and contribute your opinion in this workshop!

3.014 Eleanor Turner-Moss - The links between child labour and health and proposals for research, policy and implementation

Sunday Afternoon - Workshop 4 (Training)

4.001 An introduction to advocacy

4.002 Advanced advocacy - planning a campaign - from conception to success

4.003 Advanced advocacy - how to lobby MPs, government agencies (MoH, DFID)

4.004 Advanced advocacy - media training

4.005 Facilitation/chairing a meeting

4.006 Blog writing

4.007 Fundraising

4.008 Communication, Public Speaking and Presenting

4.009 How to lobby your medical school to get more GHE in the curriculum

4.010 How to be effective at high level summits

4.011 Selling Medsin - how to get the most out of your publicity

4.012 Social Media

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