Durham University Global Health Symposium programme

The future is uncertain. This inescapable fact means we have to prepare ourselves for a number of eventualities that may lead to greater inequality if not appropriately mitigated.

Research continues to play a pivotal role in working towards short, medium and long-term solutions to global health challenges. In this symposium, we highlight just a few of the many important issues and use them as exemplars of how researchers work to improve future health prospects.

Online participation

If you cannot make it on the day to Durham University on March 22nd, but would still like to participate, you can do so for FREE and without any need to register.


The symposium will be live-streamed on this link from 1000hrs GMT on March 22nd: https://goo.gl/VFs2jz

Please share this link so we can widen participation as widely as possible


Whilst watching you can ask questions through Twitter – please use the hashtag #DU_GHS when submitting your question

Selected questions from the online audience will be answered at the end of each presentation.

Panel Q&A session

There will be panel discussion in the afternoon at about 1600hrs with selected presenters from the symposium. You can submit your questions during the panel discussion using the hashtag #DU_GHS


The provisional programme (subject to change) is now available below here (all times GMT):

09:30am – 10:00am Registration and Refreshments

10:00am – 10:10am Welcome and opening remarks*

10:10am – 11:30am presentations (4 x 20 mins)

  • Jacob Dryer* (Surgical Colleges) How do we train enough providers to meet WHA Resolution 68.15?
  • Catherine Hannaway* (Durham University) Health in All Policies; Making it Happen
  • Douglas Wilson* (Durham University) Cultivating Connections and Inspiring Solutions for Healthy Living in India.
  • Harmeet Singh Rehan* (Lady Hardinge Medical College) Comparison of the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Doctors, Nurses and Pharmacists Regarding the Use and Disposal of Expired Medicines in Delhi

11:30am – 11:40am Refreshment Break

11:40am – 1:00pm presentations (4 x 20 mins)

  • Balsam Ahmad * (Public Health England) Situational awareness for controlling and managing vaccine preventable infectious diseases during armed conflicts: The example of polio in Syria
  • Serena Masino* (Oxford Dept Int. Dev.) Traditional Medicine and the Health System in Fragile Settings: Insights from Burundi
  • Eshref Trushin (Durham University) A new evidence of the global convergence in life expectancy
  • Philip Robinson (Harper Adams University) Eradication or control? The wicked problem of bovine tuberculosis

1:00pm – 1:40pm lunch and posters

1:45pm – 3:30pm presentations (5 x 20 mins)

  • Jack Goodall* (Newcastle University) Stigma and Medication Use in a Prevalent Cohort of Young Rural Tanzanians with Epilepsy
  • Mark Booth* (Durham University) Climate change and neglected tropical diseases – can we be certain about anything?
  • Shona Jane Lee* (Edinburgh University) Deconstructing data: toward a critical epidemiology of emerging and neglected diseases.
  • Hannah Brown* (Durham University) Lassa fever: Animals and health infrastructure in Sierra Leone
  • Kate Hampshire* (Durham University) Trust in pharmaceuticals: drug resistance, fakes and other challenges

3:30pm – 3:45pm Refreshment Break

3:45pm – 5:00pm panel discussion, Q&A, wrap-up*

7:00pm–11:00 pm Symposium Dinner (TBC)


* this presentation / session will be webcast



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I am an epidemiologist based at a UK Higher Education establishment (Durham University, if you are interested). My research interests are primarily within the domain of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). I believe that the only way we can effectively tackle complex problems affecting populations living in tropics and sub-tropics is through trans-disciplinary collaboration. My working definition of transdisciplinary is undertaking research alongside so-called 'stakeholders' - groups and individuals who do not call themselves 'researchers' but whose experiences and knowledge can be used to great effect when combined with the experiences and knowledge of the research community. You can read my online CV at the link below.

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