Inaugural Conference: Equity In Global Health
Health Professionals for Global Health is putting on its first ever Global Health conference. The theme for this first conference will be “Equity in Global Health”. We will be welcoming some exciting speakers to talk about a range of topics, followed by a panel Q&A session and a group workshop. Join us to learn about how we can educate, research and ethically recruit to create a more equitable workforce within global health.
When: 23rd May 2023, 09:00 - 17:00
Where: The Apothecaries, Blackfriars, London. See detailed directions below.
How Much: £15
Tickets available here!
This is an in-person only event, but we will endeavour to make recordings of talks available after the conference.
We have intentionally tried to keep the cost low, so that this event is accessible to as many as possible. This means that we have been unable to include lunch within the fee. Teas and coffees are included, and there are several cafes and restaurants nearby where it will be possible to purchase lunch.
How to get there
Society of Apothecaries,
16 Black Friars Lane,
If using a taxi: Taxi setting-down point is located at the junction of Black Friars Lane (off Queen Victoria Street) and Playhouse Yard.
Nearest tubes and trains:
· St Pauls tube (central line) is a approx. 10 minute walk
· Blackfriars tube (circle and district) and trains is approx. a 5 minute walk
· City Thames-Link is approx. a 5 minute walk
Black Friars Lane: We are on Black Friars Lane and almost directly opposite a restaurant called ‘The Glean Restaurant & Bar’. If you’re coming from St Paul’s or City Thames Link, we will be on your left as you walk down Black Friars Lane and if you’re coming from Blackfriars tube / train station, the Blackfriar Pub is a nice landmark, so cross over to the pub, keep it on your left as you walk under the bridge on Queen Victoria Street, and you’ll see Black Friars Lane on your left – walk up Black Friars Lane and we will be on the right (the Glean will be on your left).
(subject to small changes)
Read more about the speakers we will be hearing from...
Dr Luke Allen is a primary health care advisor to the WHO and World Bank. He completed his family medicine training in Oxford and continues to work as a part-time GP in the city. He holds a clinical research fellowship at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; sits on the RCGP Thames Valley Faculty board; and is a board member at the British Journal of General Practice. He led on many of the supporting documents for the Declaration of Astana
and has worked closely with senior health system leaders across low- middle- and high- income countries. Luke was chosen to co-lead the writing of the G7 initiative on primary health care. He is currently the WHO focal point to the World Bank for the global NCD report and lead author of the upcoming WHO Primer chapter on PHC-oriented models of care.
Luke trained in medicine and international health at Bristol and completed his MPH in Global Health at Harvard. He has a postgraduate teaching certificate and is a Fellow of the Higher
Education Academy. He has over 50 publications in the field of global health with research centring on primary care reform and the politics of population-level prevention for non-communicable diseases. He is the international lead for the Faculty of Public Health special interest group on integrating public health and primary care. He has spoken at two UN General Assembly health side events, and his work has been featured across multiple international media platforms including BBC News, the New Scientist, China Global TV, and the Wall Street Journal.
Professor Partha Sarathi Kar OBE is National Specialty Advisor, and has been the Clinical Director of Diabetes with NHS England and co-author of the national Diabetes GIRFT report. He has been a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008.
His passions include transforming diabetes care and integrating its management across primary and secondary care. He is the pioneer of the Super Six Diabetes Model. Recent innovations have involved the Hypoglycaemia Hotline, which was recognised in the Guardian Healthcare Awards 2013.
Professor Kar has recently taken up the role of Director of Equality, Medical Workforce in the NHS. This involves tackling issues of racial inequalities in referrals to GMC, senior leadership positions and within the recruitment International Medical Graduates.
Dr Nott established the David Nott Foundation (DNF) in 2015 and leads it as Chief Executive Officer.
Since 2015 the DNF has taught over 1,500 doctors in life-saving surgical skills. Doctors have been taught via DNF-funded scholarships and on the Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course, a trademarked course accredited by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Training is focused on key regions, assessed for severity of need, in states including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Somaliland and Ukraine. Teaching is enhanced by state of the art, original training equipment designed to the DNF’s specification.
After graduating from the St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Elly worked for a small social enterprise in southeast London. Between 2010 and 2014 Elly worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) as a Research Associate in London and Bahrain. She has BA in Modern History from St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a Masters in International Relations from Exeter University.
Elly is a PhD candidate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Her research focuses on the political impact of the health system in northwest Syria since the start of the Revolution. Elly was recognised with David on Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers list of 2016 for training doctors working in conflict zones. She has written for the Telegraph, British Medical Journal, IISS Voices, CNN, and appeared on Sky News.
Dr Osman A Dar is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (London), specialized in public health medicine and communicable disease control.
At Chatham House, he is director of the Global Health programme’s One Health project, an umbrella term referring to the programme’s work on zoonotic diseases, emerging infections, antimicrobial resistance, neglected tropical diseases, environment and health issues, and food security.
In his role at the UK Health Security Agency, Osman is a medical consultant in global public health where he works on programmes to support low and middle income countries build International Health Regulations (IHR) related core capacities and in developing broader Health System Strengthening (HSS) initiatives.
Since May 2021, Osman has been a working group co-chair for the One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP), advising WHO, OIE, FAO and UNEP on the development of their global One Health strategies, including their joint activities on pandemic prevention, and the control of emerging zoonoses and other health crises at the human-animal-environment interface.
Dr Nicky Longley is a consultant in infectious diseases at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases at UCLH. She is clinical lead for the travel medicine service and Respond and integrated service for asylum seeker and refugee health.
She is an associate professor in travel medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests include global health and the prevention and treatment of infections in people who are immunosuppressed.
Dr Selvaseelan Selvarajah (he/him) is GP Partner at Bromley by Bow Health where addressing social determinants of health and creating healthy communities is our core ethos. He is also a training programme director for IMG GP trainees with the remit of addressing the inequalities they face.
His other roles include: BMA UK Council Rep; Tower Hamlets LMC Rep
GP OOH Clinical Lead, Homerton Hospital; Training Programme Director, IMG GP Trainees, London; Director - Greenlight@GP
Dr Miriam Orcutt is currently Technical Officer for Research and the Global Research Agenda on Health and Migration focal point at the Health & Migration Programme, World Health Organization. She is the former Executive Director of Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health and was a Senior Research Fellow in Global Public Health & Forced Migration at the Institute for Global Health, University College London until early 2022. Miriam has over eight years of policy and humanitarian experience including with Médecins sans Frontières, in various refugee and migration contexts globally. She previously worked as a medical doctor in the UK's National Health Service, on the Academic Clinical Foundation Programme in Epidemiology & Global Public Health until 2015 and holds an MSc in Medical Anthropology with Distinction from Durham University. She was one of the lead authors of 'The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health' and was the lead editor for the ‘Handbook of Refugee Health' (published 2021). In 2018 she was named a Canadian Woman Leader in Global Health, by the Canadian Society for International Health and The Lancet. She currently serves as a trustee for the Virchow Foundation for Global Health and is part of the Virchow Prize committee. In 2022 she was awarded a fellowship through distinction to the UK Faculty of Public Health
Dr Clare Shortall is the Antimicrobial Resistance Strategic Lead for Médecins Sans Frontières in the Manson Unit. She has previously worked as a Health and Nutrition Adviser for Action Contre La Faim covering Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq and Libya and as a Health Adviser for Première Urgence Internationale covering Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Ukraine, Venezuela and Yemen. Prior to that she was a Health Coordinator for PUI in Lebanon where she worked on a project with International Medical Corps entitled ‘Reducing Economic Barriers to Accessing Health Services in Lebanon’. In 2017, she worked as a Health Coordinator for PUI in Iraq providing oversight for a range of activities including establishing a primary healthcare centre (PHCC) in a internally displaced persons’ camp during the Mosul Response, supporting PHCCs in Syrian Refugee Camps in Kurdistan, provision of Mobile Medical Units in Anbar, Baghdad and Mosul and the development of integrated MHPSS and Primary healthcare programming. She worked as a Technical Unit Coordinator for Humanity and Inclusion in Turkey, overseeing their Rehabilitation, Inclusion, Protection and MHPSS activities in Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul and Izmir. She was an editor and contributor for the Handbook of Refugee Health and co-founded an organisation known as Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. She went on to work for Médecins du Monde, where along with others, set up and ran their Women and Children’s Clinic and acted as their Refugee Health Lead, working on policy and research. Clare trained in Paediatrics in North London and has a masters in Paediatrics and Child Health from UCL.
Dr Michael Adeyemi-Lawal is a medical doctor with training and experience in Tropical diseases and outbreak response and has over a decade of experience working in the Global Health space.
He has worked with MSF in various regions, including Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, where he served in various roles as Clinical Lead, Program Manager, Surveillance, and Research Coordinator.
Michael currently works with MSF UK as an Infectious disease and Malaria Advisor. In this role, he provides technical support and contributes to updating policies, strategic frameworks, and guidelines for malaria, pneumonia, and other infectious diseases.
Michael's passion extends beyond the clinical realm, as he actively explores the convergence of medicine, Global Health, Health Innovations, and Analytics. His unique perspective and multidisciplinary interests fuel his drive to make a lasting impact in the field.