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Showing posts from July, 2012

University of Mauritius

Ricky Banarsee has been working with the University of Mauritius and the Mauritian Government to set up an MPH course. The programme has been running since January 2012 and is aimed at students from Mauritius, Seychelles as well sub Saharan countries. Academic input includes staff from the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College, as well as from other universities across the UK.

WHO Collaborating Centre

Members of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education & Training recently travelled to Egypt to run a training course in Advanced Leadership and Health Management. This was organised jointly with the Arab Administrative Development Organisation (ARADO) and the Health Ministers’ Council for GCC States. The course took place in the beautiful Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. Participants came from 13 countries, ranging from Tunisia to the Philippines and from Kuwait to Sudan. The course went very well, with participants praising the interactive format, and in particular, the sharing of successful examples in health leadership from around the world.

Two MPH students offered a Rector’s Scholarship

Two students undertaking the 2012-13 MPH Programme will be offered a Rector’s scholarship. There are just three scholarships available to masters students in the Faculty of Medicine. Awarding two of these scholarships to MPH students reflects the very high calibre of student in the 2012-13 MPH intake. Congratulations to both the successful applicants. 

MPH Lecturer hosts joint UK-Brazil Symposium at Department of Health

In May, a Brazilian delegation from the Ministry of Health led by Deputy Minister Luis Odorico de Andrade was welcomed to the UK by the Department of Health. They took part in a four-day symposium, which was conceived, organized and chaired by Dr Matthew Harris, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Public Health. This was the second in a series of workshops to progress collaboration under a Brazil-UK MoU (Memorandum of Understanding). A range of topics of mutual interest were discussed over the four days with the focus being very much on reciprocity--discovering what the UK can learn from the Brazilian experience regarding best practice and vice versa, as well as sharing knowledge and experience between the two countries.

A key initiative of the collaboration is the Brazilian Community Health Worker project which is being led by Dr Matthew Harris. The Brazilian model uses lay Community Health Workers to pro-actively engage the population, promoting good health in the first instance and ensu…

Departmental seminar series

The summer 2012 seminar series in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health, which started on Wednesday 25 May, was compiled by Felix Greaves. He has organised some very exciting speakers to visit the Department this term and explains the benefits of the seminars. “The seminar series is important because it gives us access to some of the other fascinating work being done in our department, in other parts of Imperial and beyond. A real highlight of the series so far has been Professor Atun talking about the real challenges of global health funding, with wonderful examples fresh from his experiences operating at the highest levels at the Global Fund in Geneva”. All MPH students are welcome to attend the seminar series. The Autumn series will start in October.