Besrour Year In Review

It is our pleasure to send you our Year in Review Report for the year 2021. The idea of the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine was born out of the tragedies of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur Sudan that began in 2003, the Banda Aceh tsunami in Indonesia in 2004 and the Haitian earthquake of 2010.

Since the official opening of the Besrour Centre in 2015, we have matured both as a discipline and as a centre. Today, not only do we advocate for family medicine and its role in improving patient care, but also for the models of care throughout the health system that are based on family medicine principles. Over the last six years, our focus has shifted from building family medicine capacity in low- and middle-income countries to studying and promoting family medicine-led models around the world.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of our work. It continues to highlight that global problems require global solutions—it is not just an urgent moral issue, it’s a global public health issue. The pandemic also highlighted gaps in and between health systems around the world. Capacity has been stretched everywhere, revealing areas where access remains problematic, and where integration at the system level is still lacking. At the same time, it revealed incredible innovation and perseverance.

As the pandemic continues to vacillate between infectious and chronic impacts, improved integration and the adaptability of family medicine will be key in all health system contexts, including Canada. All of Besrour Centre’s initiatives are exploring or demonstrating how family doctors are leading at this time. Our collective journey highlights that capacity building takes time and determination. To continue this work, we need your ongoing engagement, partnership, and help. We are deeply appreciative of the funding provided by the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) and all our partners that helps fuel our work. As always, we are indebted to Dr. Sadok Besrour for his vision and perennial support to build the Centre.

Together, we are a vibrant network of community-based leaders and partners that continue to learn from one another. Our collective effortsare strengthening family medicine-led models that are at the heart of health systems around the world and, in turn, improve equitable access to care.

Warm regards,

David Ponka, MD CM, CCFP(EM), FCFP, MSc
Director | Directeur
The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine | Le Centre Besrour pour la médecine familiale mondiale
The College of Family Physicians of Canada |
Le Collège des médecins de famille du Canada
1(905) 629-0900 ext | poste 398
dponka@cfpc.ca https://www.cfpc.ca/The_Besrour_Centre/

WHO/Europe training course on NCD 2022

Message to our members on behalf of WHO


WHO/Europe training course on noncommunicable diseases 2022

30 August is the last day to register for the WHO/Europe training course on noncommunicable diseases 2022

If you are a researcher, policy maker or postgraduate scholar with an interest in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), you have an opportunity to take part in a unique WHO training course developed for early or mid-career health professionals.
The course will enable participants to:

understand novel challenges in the area of NCDs, and work on solution-oriented approaches to tackle the burden of NCDs;
acquire skills in developing NCD prevention approaches;
gather, analyze and publish NCD-related data;
build capacity and learn how to transfer research into policy-related contexts; and
network with colleagues.


Learn more and register here.

The course is jointly developed by the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Office), WHO collaborating centres and partner organizations.
Please feel free to share the information on the WHO NCD training course 2022 among your professional networks.

Join us this Friday to consult in Eastern Africa

We are really keen to get as many people engaging with AfroPHC and the draft Policy Framework. You can make comment here. https://afrophc.org/2022/08/07/afrophc-draft-policy-framework-released-for-stakeholder-comment/

Join us 1-3pm GMT this Friday 26th August to meet with as many colleagues from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia, Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Comores, Mauritius, Sychelles [with English-French translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Innocent Besigye and Innocent Somboi.

The agenda is as follows. The link is below
Welcome/Introductions
Introduction to AfroPHC and Chapter Discussions on “What are the challenges of PHC in the region?”
Review of AfroPHC Policy Framework Discussions on “The Draft Policy Framework: what we like, don’t like and suggestions”
Discussions on “How we take AfroPHC forward?”
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09] ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC Eastern Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/KFY9v0jLGIy8o71uZfWUdy See more here [https://afrophc.org/chapters/].

We are very keen that as many local stakeholders participate. These include professional associations, ministries of health, accreditation / certification bodies, academics, patient advocacy groups etc. Please feel free to share this email to any key stakeholders you think should be there and ask them to join us to discuss AfroPHC and the Policy Framework.

INVITATION! Aug. 30 and 31 — Next CSO consultation process for the Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response FIF

Join Pandemic Action Network, the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI), the Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organisations (EANNASO), and WACI Health for the next official Civil Society Organization (CSO) consultation for the design phase of the new Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PPR). This is the next consultation in an ongoing process.

Two dates and times have been set to engage partners from multiple geographies and in multiple languages. The focus of these two consultations will be the same. Please choose the date and time that works best for you!

August 30
2pm- 3:30pm WIB (Jakarta) / 10am-11:30am EAT (Nairobi) / 8am-9:30am BST (London)
Available in English and French

Register here

Collaborators for TUFH 2023

The network unity for health(TUF) has opened it’s portal for submission of abstract for TUFH 2023 at Dubai under the following themes and sub-themes. Those interested to collaborate on working on abstract(s) should let me know.

TUFH 2023 THEME
Beyond Boundaries: Health Equity through a Culture of Learning
TUFH 2023 Subthemes
How the Community learns
How Healthcare Practitioners learn
How Students learn
How Policymakers learn


Areas of interest for TUFH 2023


Revamping Health for All through Interprofessional Education, Collaboration, Training, and Practice
Becoming Socially Accountable Institutions
Raising Social Accountability Awareness
Expanding Global and Local Pandemic Preparedness
Assessing Technology Evolutions in Health
Taking Noncommunicable Diseases Seriously
Enriching Community Based Education
Strengthening the Health Workforce Team
Reinforcing Women’s Health
Improving Access to Healthcare
Engaging Policymakers
Producing Student Leaders
Enhancing health and Digital Literacy
“One Health”
Upgrading Innovative Teaching Methods, including Interactive ways of Learning
Building on Strengths in responding to Climate Change from the Village to the Globe
Looking at integrated Community Care
Promoting Healthy Ageing
Ameliorating Child Health
Etc.

Role of Local Evidence in Transferring Evidence-Based Interventions to Low- and Middle-Income Country Settings: Application to Global Cancer Prevention and Control.

PURPOSE: Although the global burden of cancer falls increasingly on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), much of the evidence for cancer prevention and control comes from high-income countries and may not be directly applicable to LMIC settings. In this paper, we focus on the following question: When the majority of the evidence supporting an evidence-based intervention or implementation strategy comes from high-income countries, what local, contextual evidence is needed when transferring and adapting an intervention or strategy to a specific LMIC setting?

METHODS: We draw on an existing framework (the Population, Intervention, Environment, Transfer-T process model) for assessing transferability of interventions between distinct settings and apply the model to two case studies as learning examples involving implementation of tobacco use treatment guidelines and self sampling for human papillomavirus DNA in cervical cancer screening.

RESULTS: These two case studies illustrate how researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and consumers may approach the need for local evidence from different perspectives and with different priorities. As uses and expectations around local evidence may be different for different groups, aligning these priorities through multistakeholder engagement in which all parties participate in defining the questions and cocreating the solutions is critical, along with promoting standardized reporting of contextual factors.

CONCLUSION: Local, contextual evidence can be important for both researchers and practitioners, and its absence may hinder translation of research and implementation efforts across different settings. However, it is essential for researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders to be able to clearly articulate the type of data needed and why it is important. In particular, where resources are limited, evidence generation should be prioritized to address real needs and gaps in knowledge…more

Join us this Friday to consult in Arabic Africa

We are really keen to get as many people engaging with AfroPHC and the draft Policy Framework. You can make comment here.
https://afrophc.org/2022/08/07/afrophc-draft-policy-framework-released-for-stakeholder-comment/ Join us 1-3pm GMT this Friday 19th August to meet with as many colleagues from Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya [with English-French-Arabic translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Almoghira Abdella / Ahmed Sallam

The agenda is as follows. The link is below
Welcome/Introductions
Introduction to AfroPHC and Chapter Discussions on “What are the challenges of PHC in the region?”
Review of AfroPHC Policy Framework Discussions on “The Draft Policy Framework: what we like, don’t like and suggestions”
Discussions on “How we take AfroPHC forward?”
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09] ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC Arabaphone Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations. https://chat.whatsapp.com/GdXGAOyn5Ko44S2U6NzPCf See more here [https://afrophc.org/chapters/].

We are very keen that as many local stakeholders participate. These include professional associations, ministries of health, accreditation / certification bodies, academics, patient advocacy groups etc. Please feel free to share this email to any key stakeholders you think should be there and ask them to join us to discuss AfroPHC and the Policy Framework.

Interested in CPD Meetings? Kindly visit https://afrophc.org/cpd/ for more!

RHC2022 Registration deadline extended to 28th Aug

The Rural Health Conference (RHC) is a wonderful multidisciplinary conference held annually in South Africa. 3 days of sharing rural experiences and research. Join at the venue in Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa on join the virtual programme .

There is a great programme see the overview here https://www.ruralhealthconference.org.za/programme
you can download the DRAFT programme here: https://www.ruralhealthconference.org.za/programme it is a download doc

Still time to register as a delegate here:
https://www.ruralhealthconference.org.za/registration-and-fees

Commonwealth Foundation: Call to health writers

The Commonwealth Foundation is delighted to launch the 2022-2023 adda call for submissions. Writers are invited to submit creative non-fiction, short fiction, short graphic fiction and poetry on the theme of healthy communities.

What does health mean to us as individuals and as societies? How does the climate crisis impact our health? What is the relationship between health access for all and justice? How do we imagine a world with health and care at its centre?

What if we never got ill? Or if we were all doctors?

Submit your entry here

We are interested in works that speak creatively to questions around the idea of healthy communities, which might include creative reflections on physical and mental well-being, disability justice, sexual and reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ healthcare, the art and practice of indigenous medicine, among others.

Remember that the deadline for this open call is 4 October 2022 at 23:59 in your time zone.

Mooki Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2

We are sharing the second issue of Mooki newsletter of the Lesotho Nurses Association. For the success of our newsletter, please feel free to share your stories, articles, events, interviews, and any developments in Lesotho Nursing and Midwifery with the editor (contacts provided in this issue). The editorial team will highly appreciate feedback on how to improve the Newsletter…!!!

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THE NEWSLETTER ON YOUR NETWORKS.

Call for applications: Seed Pilot Project opportunities

Global Health Practitioner Conference 2022

JOIN US FOR GHPC 2022!

It’s been over two years since we’ve gathered in person and we can’t wait to convene in Bethesda, MD from October 3rd -5th for the Global Health Practitioner Conference 2022!

Register today to attend this landmark event where global leaders in community health will be sharing lessons and ideas on how to transform the global health landscape…more

Call for a Masters degree program with Stellenbosch University, Division of Health systems and Public Health

BACKGROUND

The Division of Health Systems and Public Health in the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Health Systems. This is a two-year part time programme, primarily offered online with some face-to-face engagements (depending on COVID-related restrictions, this training may be delivered via an online platform and students will not be expected to travel to Cape Town). The goal of the programme is to develop the participant’s knowledge, skills and practices in the field of health systems strengthening and research, and public health. The programme is designed to accommodate practitioners who work full-time, from a range of backgrounds including but not limited to social work, medicine, nursing, economics, health economics, public health, health service management, policy making and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The training aims to build the research capacity and leadership of the participants in their work, while contributing to knowledge generation in Africa. The MPhil Health Systems programme is differentiated into two streams or tracks, allowing for a focused approach to Health Systems (HS) and Health Economic Evaluation (HEE). The purpose of the HEE track is to equip participants with skills to understand and evaluate the comparative costs and benefits of health system policies, strategies, and interventions to manage uncertainty and inform policy and decision-making using an evidence-based approach.

THE DEGREE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

• A qualification at NQF 8 according to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a required. If you are an international student, you must obtain SAQA certificate for qualifications from non-South African institutions. • You must demonstrate the necessary academic ability and equivalent professional experience in health systems and or public health. • Mathematics at National Senior Certificate (NSC) level, computer literacy and fluency in written and spoken English. • A minimum of 3-5 years experience in health systems or public health. For more information and application process contact Tracey Pietersen at traceyp@sun.ac.za or apply online at http://www.maties.com.

Closing dates for applicants are the 31 August 2022 for international applications and 30 September 2022 for national applications.

MPhil bursaries

Dear colleagues,
Stellenbosch University has two bursaries for MPhil in Family Medicine students for 2023-2024. The bursaries are dependent on the MPhil student conducting a case study for their research project on how climate change has impacted primary health care, presumably at a specific location in their own country. The bursaries include course fees, research costs and a visit to the University of Ghent in Belgium for research training/supervision. The underlying TEAMS grant is a collaboration between Stellenbosch University and University of Ghent on climate change and primary health care in Africa.

The MPhil also contains course work designed to build capacity in primary care research, leadership, clinical governance, education and training – so ideal for those developing more of an academic career in family medicine or primary health care. You can check out the entry requirements and design of the course on our website Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care (sun.ac.za) As a non-clinical degree, entry is open to all registered health professionals (NQF level 8 and above) that meet the requirements, and not just doctors. The course is almost entirely on-line and via distance learning, with one required visit to Stellenbosch University at the start of the 2-year programme.

If you are interested please let me know and send me your CV as well as a 1-page motivation as to why you should be considered for the bursary. Entries for the MPhil close at end of September and we would like to select the successful bursary holders by early September. So please respond before the 31st August if you are interested.

Please circulate to those that might be interested.
Best wishes,
Bob

ReLAB-HS August 2022 Newsletter

Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) is continuing its efforts to strengthen health systems that are responsive to the growing needs for rehabilitation across the lifespan by targeting its efforts in Burma, Pakistan, Uganda and Ukraine – and in this newsletter you can read of how ReLAB-HS is making a difference in those countries.

Read about ReLAB-HS’s official launch in Pakistan, its advocacy work at the World Health Assembly, and connect with several learning resources created by the consortium. This newsletter also contains information on how to register for an upcoming Massive Online Open Course, “Understanding the Rehabilitation Needs of Displaced Persons.” And be sure to save the date (Sept. 26, 9 a.m. EDT) for a ReLAB-HS webinar “Leadership for Rehabilitation: Addressing the needs in fragile and conflict-affected settings.” …more

UpToDate – Monkeypox Content Available for FREE

Wolters Kluwer are providing FREE access to the latest evidence-based content in UpToDate and Ovid relating to the Monkeypox outbreak to all clinicians and organisations, including those that do not currently subscribe to UpToDate. As with all UpToDate clinical topics, the content is being constantly reviewed by our team of clinical experts, clinical researchers and editors and is updated as new information becomes available.

Get FREE access to the related clinical topics as well as FREE access the information below here: http://gag.gl/rQQeJj

– European and UK Society guidelines including the British HIV association and UK Health Security Agency.

– Patient education informmation relating to risk, symptoms and treatments in a printable, understandable format.

– Understanding the neurollogical effects of the monkeypox virus on patients.

– A primer on Monkeypox foor obstetricians and gynaecologists.

– Additional Monkeypox ressources.

WHO publishes new guidelines on HIV, hepatitis and STIs

The guidelines outline a public health response to HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for 5 key populations (men who have sex with men, trans and gender diverse people, sex workers, people who inject drugs and people in prisons and other closed settings)…

“The new data from UNAIDS show that around 70% of new HIV infections occur among key populations and their partners…” said Meg Doherty, Director of WHO’s Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes…

These guidelines also acknowledge that behavioural interventions aimed at changing behaviours – which tend to be prioritized in many settings – have no impact on incidence of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs or on behaviour change…more

The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE Symposium coming soon!

Join us in Cape Town for The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE Symposium 2022: Connecting Excellence in Nursing Research at the University of Cape Town from 23-25 November 2022.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE symposium offers a unique opportunity for nurses and midwives to focus on Research for Impact, Success and Evidence-led health outcomes. The symposium will enable and fulfil your potential to RISE.

LECTURES – WORKSHOPS – NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES – LIVE CASE STUDIES


Enhance your professional and personal development
Improve career prospects
Network with local and global health nursing and midwifery researchers
Hear about the career journeys of early career to established career research colleagues
Understand how you can use research to lead and influence health care policy
How to bring impactful evidence-led change to health outcomes within the community you work in

The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE Symposium 2022: Connecting Excellence in Nursing Research, on the 23 November 2022, is a precursor event to The Global Health Network Conference 2022: Enabling Health Research in Every Healthcare Setting following on 24-25 November 2022.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is funding 25 Scholarship Awards for nurses and midwives to attend the RISE Symposium 2022 & The Global Health Network Conference 2022.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is funding 25 Scholarship Awards for nurses and midwives to attend the RISE Symposium 2022 & The Global Health Network Conference 2022.

The deadline for scholarships applications is midnight (BST) 10 September 2022.


To register or to apply for a scholarship click here

Webinar August 18 | Cervical cancer; The crucial role of primary health care providers

Join our next webinar, hosted & sponsored by the African Forum for Primary Health Care & WONCA Africa.

“Cervical cancer; The crucial role of primary health care providers”

The Webinar will be held in English with live translation into French.

Please share the event with your Organization’s Members & reserve your spot in the WCEA App.

Consultation invitation – WHO Foundation

Dear colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, sharing this invitation for a consultation on the WHO Foundation’s strategy document for those of you who might be interested. The attached invitation notes that the draft strategy will be shared with registered participants ahead of the virtual consultation.

If you are interested, please register by August 19 for one of the two sessions:

● Option #1// Tuesday, August 30: 17:00 Central European Time i.e. 08.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) / 11.00 Eastern Time (ET) / 16.00 West Africa Time (WAT)/ 18.00 East Africa Time (EAT) / 20:30 India Standard Time (IST) / 23.00 Singapore Standard Time (SST)
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscO6oqjorHddt-gT4UCoV7_s_4pKdjyT7
● Option #2// Thursday, September 1: 09:00 Central European Time (CET) i.e. 00.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) / 03.00 Eastern Time (ET) / 08.00 West Africa Time (WAT)/ 10.00 East Africa Time (EAT) / 12:30 India Standard Time (IST) / 15:00 Singapore Standard Time (SST)
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcu-qpj0uEtaN-zYQ80IlUAdL-Iq9Mb7d