News bytes: December 2014

The WHO CC was represented at the 7th European Public Health Conference entitled ‘Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care’ – Glasgow, UK (19 - 22 Nov 2014)

The WHO CC was represented at the 7th European Public Health Conference entitled ‘Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care’ which took place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, 19 - 22 November 2014. Dr Sondus Hassounah presented her work entitled “The Right to Health: The Right to Health: The challenge of securing good health in the Arab States” which has recently been published as a chapter in the book titled The Right to Health: a multi-country study of law, policy and practice.

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Dr Alex Chen, new PhD candidate, presenting at the UK parliament on unethical organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China. London, UK (25th Nov 2014)

On Tuesday, 25 November, Dr Julian Huppert MP hosted a forum in UK Parliament addressing unethical organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China and how this pertains to residents in the UK. Guest speakers included David Matas and Hon. David Kilgour who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their investigative work on organ harvesting in China; award-winning research journalist, Ethan Gutmann, who's book on this topic “The Slaughter” was published in September; and Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting EU representative, and our most recent PhD student, Dr. Alex Chen.

Dr Chen presented on unethical organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners, and discussed the global responses from the international community in terms of legislation and the far sounding-impact on organ transplantation around the world.

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Photo credit: Roger Luo
Caption: (Left to right) Hon. David Kilgour, Ingrid Cranfield, David Matas, Dr Alex Chen, Ethan Gutmann

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Photo credit: Roger Luo

Photo caption: (Left to right) Ingrid Cranfield, David Matas, Ethan Gutmann, Hon. David Kilgour, Dr Alex Chen

 

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WHO CC at the RESCAP-MED 2nd Regional Symposium on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) - Beirut, Lebanon (3rd -4th Dec 2014)

Our WHO CC volunteer for the period between July and September 2014, Dr Jara Valtueña (ImFine Research Group/ Department of Health and Human Performance-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), has been accepted to present a poster on the “Impact of the 2010 popular uprising: Ramification on morbidity, mortality and social determinants of health in four countries from the MENA region” at the RESCAP-MED 2nd Regional Symposium on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) entitled “Socio-political Challenges in the Mediterranean Region: Implications for NCD Prevention and Control” which took place in Beirut, Lebanon from the 3rd -4th December 2014 . This Symposium aims to bring together researchers and public health actors to present, document and debate prospects for action in NCD surveillance, management, control and prevention, within the context of recent geo-political developments in the region.

Her poster reflects the work she conducted with the research team at WHO CC, which she and the team are currently preparing for publication.

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The 7th Advanced Academic Training Course for Medical and Health Professional

Imperial College London, through its WHO Collaborating Centre for Education and Training, started its 7th Advanced Academic Training Course from the 24th of November until the 19th of December 2014. The course was established in 2011, following the collaboration between the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Research and Imperial College London. The aim of the Advanced Academic Training Course is to introduce the new methods of teaching and research to medical and health professionals who work in academia worldwide. The course covers various aspects of skills-development disciplines, including communication skills, students’ assessment, Masters and PhDs examinations and small-group learning. Modern teaching and research skills development is achieved through interactive learning and hands-on experience through highly advanced skill labs, attending undergraduate students' clinical teachings in primary care, community and hospital settings.

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