Past Events

Raising the Bar for Global Health

21 March 2024

New for 2024, CGHP kicked off a series of in-person gatherings in venues around Cambridge bringing together some of the people working in health partnerships and tackling some of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time. Our first topic was critical care where attendees heard from students, nurses and clinicians involved in the Uganda UK SCALE Critical Care Partnership, which is building the skills and knowledge of Ugandan and UK critical care health providers through peer-to-peer learning and training. Hosted at Cambridge’s cosy Old Bicycle Stop, it was an opportunity to learn, network and get involved in CGHP’s work.

Global Health Fellowship Essential Pre-Deployment Training (2024)

12 – 14 March 2024

Designed for healthcare staff planning to work or volunteer in a low resource setting outside the UK, this three-day course organised by NHS England‘s Global Health Fellowship Volunteer Programme and Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, included seminars, practical sessions and a hands-on surgical skills day to build participants’ confidence, knowledge and resilience. Designed for junior doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, attendees heard from a wide variety of speakers with significant experience working in low resource settings who discussed topics including:

  • working in a different language and culture
  • resillience and self-awareness
  • common paediatric emergencies
  • managing infectious diseases including Malaria, TB and HIV
  • orthopaedic emergencies and fracture management.

Thursday 19 October 2023

CGHP Annual Event 2023

On 19 October 2023 we held the Cambridge Global Health Partnership (CGHP) Annual Event, where we heard from members who’ve lived and breathed the collaborative, two-way partnership projects that are making a difference both here in Cambridge and globally.

From antimicrobial stewardship to telemedicine, maternal health to paediatric cancer, people like Barida Poi – an Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist trainee – described her involvement co-delivering sepsis management training in postnatal care at Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital in Western Kenya.

You can watch the event presentations here.

23rd November  2022

East of England Global Health Conference

On 23rd November we held the third East of England Global Health Conference, delivered in partnership with an organising committee comprising individuals from Cambridge Africa, Health Education England – East of England, Hughes Hall Global Health Bridge and NHS England, and with primary sponsorship from Costello Medical.

It was wonderful to come together in person in Cambridge with people from across the East of England and via a hybrid format with delegates and partners from across the world. We were delighted to welcome some twenty presenters and over 100 delegates to discuss the theme of Global Health – Rising to the Challenges. Lucy Chappell and Mike Batley from NIHR and Sridhar Venkatapuram from Kings Global Health Institute gave keynote addresses, and our conversations covered a huge breadth of challenges from antimicrobial resistance to hybrid health partnerships to decolonising global health.

The conference also gave us the chance to present a Social Return on Investment Analysis, focusing on our maternal and neonatal heath partnership in Uganda, which we have completed with pro-bono support from Costello Medical – an organisation which provides expertise in the analysis, interpretation and communication of health-related data. We look forward to sharing the full results and report early next year.

After nearly three years of online events, we relished the networking opportunities that in person events bring and enjoyed meeting old and new colleagues. You can see a recording of the event here.

20th September 2022

Cambridge Global Health Café – Myanmar

Socio-economic and political conditions in Myanmar have deteriorated significantly since the military coup in February 2021. A series of health reforms implemented in the previous 8 years were halted and access and improvements to healthcare services are now being reversed. The Myanmar military continues to intimidate healthcare workers, including arrests and killings. In 2021-2022 Myanmar has become one of the most dangerous places on the Earth to be a health worker. Despite many challenges international and local non-governmental health organisations, ethnic health organisations and charity clinics continue to run and support healthcare services.

This Global Health Café discussed the latest developments in Myanmar and focus on how international, national and local civil society organisations are delivering health services to people in need during this period of crisis.

5th May 2022

Screening of ‘Rosie’ Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Documentary

Screening of ‘Rosie’ a 34-minute documentary.

The documentary is about recovery from stroke, rehabilitation and community, filmed by Rosie Tween and Dominique Chadwick. This film supports our work in developing stroke services in Sierra Leone and is part of our fundraising activities (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/supportingstrokeserviceinsierrialeone), but also stimulates lots of thoughts, ideas and conversations about improving patient pathways.

Nearly 9 years ago, Rosie Tween, was working as a Clinical Nurse specialist in a busy hematology-oncology unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital when, out of the blue, she had a spinal stroke whilst cycling to work. That day, the hospital consultant told her that it was unlikely she would ever walk again. Since then Rosie has been completely wheelchair dependent.

The film follows her present day to day life in Cambridge among family, friends, and members of the wider community.

Dominique Chadwick is a local independent documentary filmmaker who has filmed on humanitarian issues in many parts of the world for the last 25 years.

5th April 2022

Cambridge Global Health Café – Healthcare in Humanitarian Settings

We had three fantastic speakers sharing partnership and project, their experiences of  health systems and healthcare workers conditions in conflict affected countries and humanitarian settings. Dr Khine from Community Partners International shared health system in Myanmar after the military coup , Dr Shadi presented overview of Face Forward partnership and Dr Saleyha Ahsan gave presentation about reflections on her work in Syria.

24th February 2022

Designing trauma systems in a global context- how do we deliver care to those who need it most

CGHP hosted ‘Designing trauma systems in a global context – how do we deliver care to those who need it most’ at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. Dr Richard Brennan from The World Health Organisation Trauma and Operational and Advisory Team presented: “The ever-growing complexities of humanitarian need – trauma care and beyond.” Professor Peter Hutchinson from NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma presented on: “the role of research in neurotrauma.”. Dr Arthur Kwizera from Makerere University presented on: “the role of academic partnerships in global health collaboration.”. Presentations were followed by a panel discussion.

25th January 2022

Cambridge Global Health Café – Botswana

In this café, we hear from GP, Dr Claire Brockbank. Claire is a GP with a specialist interest in diabetes, based in Botswana. She gives us a fantastic insight into public health in Botswana and her global health experiences. The CGHP Director, Evelyn Brealey, then gives us an insight into CGHP’s long standing eye health partnership. She also makes a special tribute to the late Karen Sparrow.

14th October 2021 

Cambridge Global Health Café – Sierra Leone

We had three fantastic presentations sharing partnerships and projects with Sierra Leone. Included was the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, the Lung Health Centre and the Bo Stroke Partnership. Two partnerships are lead by Sierra Leonean diaspora living in Cambridge.

5th May 2021

Student Experiences of Global Health: Stories and Opportunities

We had a very insightful global health café with Students for Global Health. Speakers included Alastair Blake, a former CGHP volunteer in Botswana now working in health systems and Rhiannon Osborne, a medical student at Cambridge with experience working in the global health field.

There was a real focus on how Global Health is such a multi-disciplinary field, with a such a vast variety of skillsets needed to address global health challenges. During the discussion, it was mentioned several times how anyone and everyone is part of the global health community and can contribute since there are so many aspects to it – equity, economics, climate justice and policy to name a few.

Several questions were asked on how to get involved with global health as a student. Everyone agreed on the importance of doing your research- go with an organisation that has a well established relationship with an overseas partner. So why is this so important? It is vital that activity responds to the needs of the partner, not what those visiting think is best. If you are going overseas, prepare and reflect on what you want to get out of your experience but also what you have to offer so you can really get the most out of your experience. Having said that, as Covid-19 has shown us, don’t just see global health as something you do by travelling overseas. The bottom line is definitely just to jump at any
opportunity!

23rd February 2021 

8000 Miles from Cambridge: CBC Makes a Difference in Global Health

Join us on a global journey as we discuss global health activity taking place on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Led by Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, speakers reflected on their overseas experiences in Myanmar, Uganda and beyond. Speakers include CGHP committee member, Dr Sue Broster and CUH Director of Communications, Ali Bailey.

The 1-hour virtual event encouraged us to consider collaboration both on the campus and internationally. Speakers discussed the health partnerships model and how this methodology can inform closer collaborations and synergies here in Cambridge.

9th & 19th November 2020

East of England Global Health Conference – Research, Education & Practice

Two half – day sessions, bringing together an interdisciplinary panel of guest speakers and experts in the field of global health. The theme was collaboration for impact. Speakers include Dame Sally Davies and Professor Amanda Howe.

You can watch all sessions here. 

22nd September 2020 

Partnerships During Crisis.

COVID-19 – Can We Build Back Better?

A webinar event chaired by Dr Mike More (Chair, Cambridge University Hospitals). The event explored the impact and experiences of global health partnerships during the pandemic. You can watch the event here.

“The world is one family. The pandemic has taught us that we must overcome. Learning is bidirectional and commitment from both sides of the partnership makes it work.” – Dr Thinn Thinn Hlaing

10th September 2020 

Global Health Café (virtual)

This month the theme was Myanmar! We welcomed inspiring speakers from across the region, including Dr Ashok Daya Ram, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Trust. Physiotherapists Caroline Kelly, Sam Coleman, and Critical Care Nurse, Robyn Winters, also shared their experiences of long term volunteering in Yangon. Speakers touched on the importance of global health engagement for staff development within the NHS, and the value in delivering virtual training for partners overseas.

The cafe is an informal event which aims to bring together those interested in global health, to discuss and share learning and experiences.

The event is free, and occurs every 6 weeks. The next event – 21st October, registration available in coming weeks.

18th June 2020 

Global Health Café (virtual)

The first online Café was a resounding success, welcoming inspiring speakers and great attendance. Prof Topun Austin, Dr Thet Win-Aung, and Dr Ros Parkes-Ratanshi discussed Covid-19’s harsh truths and silver linings, coping with loneliness in lock down and adapting to UK life, and Uganda’s response to the pandemic. The three stories mixed elements of the personal, professional, global and local.

The cafe is an informal event which aims to bring together those interested in global health, to discuss and share learning and experiences.

The event is free, and occurs every 6 weeks. The next event – 30th July, registration available in coming weeks.

27 February 2020

Strategy 2020+ Launch @ Cambridge Global Health Café

The second CGHP Global Health Cafe. This month’s global health get-together was combined with the CGHP Strategy 2020+ Launch.

27 January 2020

CGHP birthday @ Cambridge Global Health Café

A social get together for all those interested in global health. This is a monthly event which aims to offer stimulating discussion on trending topics in global health.

27th November 2019

CGHP – What’s It All About?

An interactive workshop discussing the safety, ethics and effectiveness of health partnerships. An opportunity for prospective volunteers to learn more about the work of CGHP.

30th October 2019

The Role of Health Partnerships in Tackling Global Health Challenges

An evening of informative talks and networking to learn about the work of Cambridge Global health Partnerships and the major challenges in global health.

Speakers included Professor Sharon Peacock CBE, Reem Santos, Dr Rowan Burnstein, Dr Musa Sekikubo, Artika Datta and Dr Frances Nelson.

14th March 2018

East of England Global Health Conference

We co-hosted a half day conference, with an evening keynote session to celebrate and share learning of global health initiatives across the East of England region.  The conference encouraged and enabled more collaboration between clinicians and academics and launched the East of England Global Health Partnerships Network.

25th January 2018

Global Health Volunteering: Making it Safe, Effective and Ethical

A workshop for clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals and academics in Cambridgeshire interested in global health volunteering. Hear from a range of people involved with the charity so that you can understand more about the values, practices and priorities of our global health programme.

23rd November 2017

Celebrating 10 years of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships!

Over the past decade we have worked to establish sustainable, innovative and collaborative partnerships. On 23 November, 2017 we heard keynotes from our country partners including Shenaaz El-Halabi, Permanent Secretary of Health, Botswana and Andrew Bastawrous, co-founder of Peek (Portable Eye Examination Kit) Vision. The keynotes and volunteer presentations were followed by a drinks reception.