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WorldLeish 2017 Conference

WorldLeish | 16 – 20 May 2017 | Toledo, Spain | 1500 participants |  6th World Congress on Leishmaniasis, organized once every 4 years

Erasmus MC was represented by Epke Le Rutte and Sake de Vlas from the Department of Public Health, who were invited speaker and co-chair respectively of the session “quantitative studies of leishmaniasis transmission and control” in which they highlighted the key policy relevant outcomes of their most recent modeling work on visceral leishmaniasis. In a different session, Epke also presented the work performed at the Department of Public Health at Erasmus MC in collaboration with the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University on the awareness and implementation of control measures by veterinarians against the spread of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis in Spain and France.

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Imperial College research seminar | 22 May 2017 | London, UK

Natalie Vinkeles Melchers (Erasmus MC, Department of Public Health) was invited as a guest speaker to a research seminar at the Imperial Collage in London (UK). Natalie presented her work on the projected number of people with onchocerciasis-loiasis co-infection in Africa, from 1995 to 2025. Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is a disease caused by infection with the nematode worm Onchocerca volvulus. Long-term infection may ultimately lead to blindness. Ivermectin is the drug used at a large-scale in onchocerciasis elimination programmes. However, for individuals that are co-infected with Loa loa, the African eye worm, ivermectin may cause severe adverse events (SAEs), potentially even death. The seminar presented estimations on how many people would be at risk of SAEs and how many people would thus benefit from alternative treatment strategies and drugs for onchocerciasis in L. loa endemic areas.

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RGHI CommunicationsImperial College research seminar | 22 May 2017 | London, UK

World Health Organization | 23 March 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

Natalie Vinkeles Melchers, Wilma Stolk and Luc Coffeng from the Erasmus MC (Department of Public Health) were invited to the World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases, to discuss their work on a modeling study on the impact of ivermectin on skin and eye disease due to onchocerciasis with projections up to 2025. Drs. Vinkeles Melchers presented her recent work, and showed an expanded disease framework within the individual-based mathematical ONCHOSIM model. She used the disease module to predict trends in the prevalence of onchocercal eye and skin disease during a 25-year time frame since start of MDA. Predicted prevalence was projected for various clinical manifestations due to onchocerciasis; reversible conditions (itch and reactive skin disease) and irreversible manifestations (skin atrophy, depigmentation, hanging groin, vision loss). The meeting was attended by WHO experts in the field of, among others,  onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, Chagas, and was deemed very successful.

 

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RGHI CommunicationsWorld Health Organization | 23 March 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland
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RGHI at lolaHESG 2017

On Thursday 11th May, the RGHI held a special session at the Lowlands Health Economics Study Group (lolaHESG) 2017. Four papers were presented on various topics by members of all three research groups (iBMG, Public Health & ISS) such as Universal Health Coverage in Indonesia, Health Insurance in Nigeria, Child Marriages in Bangladesh and Neonatal mortality. There was a lively discussion after each of the presentations, which led to useful feedback for all participants.

Photo: From left-to-right. Chairman: Eddy van Doorslaer. Speakers: Sofia Trommlerova, Igna Bonfrer, Tanja Houweling, Ahmed Fuady.

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Unique August-September Summer Series Masterclasses Global Health Erasmus MC

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In August-September 2016, Erasmus MC is hosting a unique series of four Masterclasses by renowned experts in global health from around the world. Global health is one of the target domains of Erasmus MC, which this year is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its School of Medicine, putting global health ambitions center stage: ‘Bridging Ambitions, Building Excellence’.

 

  1. Friday August 19, 1-4 pm
    Erasmus MC, Lecture Hall 3
    Masterclass on ‘Working in Global Health: WHO Essential Medicines program’, by Professor Hans Hogerzeil.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/810928469006784/

Hans Hogerzeil currently is Professor of Global Health at Groningen University (Netherlands). After working as a mission doctor, he joined the WHO Action Programme of Essential Drugs in 1985 and was the Director for Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies from 2008 to 2011.

 

  1. Wednesday August 24, 9am-1pm
    Erasmus MC, Querido Hall
    Masterclass on ‘Global Health Local: Global Health in Rotterdam’, by Professor Lex Burdorf, Professor Semiha Denktas and Elly van Kooten.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/325795761094621/

Elly van Kooten is DIrector Public Health Rotterdam. Lex Burdorf is Professor in Determinants of Public Health at Erasmus MC. Semiha Denktas studies environmental, personal, and behavioural characteristics to explain why and how behaviours change, with a focus on vulnerable groups in society.

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Erasmus MC ‘Viruskenner’ Interesting Aid in Prevention and Spread of Viral Diseases

The Zika outbreak and its consequences show how important public information is in prevention and control of infectious diseases.
The WHO declared a global health emergency for Zika in February and announced last week that there is strong scientific consensus that Zika virus can cause GBS, microcephaly and other neurological disorders.

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RGHI global health minors enthusiastic about global training

A large group of global health minors students at the Medical Faculty at Erasmus MC recently completed their exchange journeys abroad. They returned enriched and with a lot of enthusiasm. In an article in Scanner, several of them narrate their experiences. See www.facebook.com/minorglobalhealth2015 and this PDF.

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Paris COP21 – Climate Change and Health

This week, in Paris the international climate conference COP21 takes place. In June, the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change launched a seminal research report, which underscores that “responding to climate change could be the biggest global health opportunity of the 21st century.” The report provides key policy recommendations for governments to take action in the next five years.

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November 12 International Conference Innovations in Global Health Financing: Measuring and Having Impact

Measuring Impact and Having Impact are not always the same thing. On the occasion of the honorary doctorate awarded this week to prof. Paul Gertler at Erasmus University, a core of topresearchers in the field of impact evaluations in health gathered in the Erasmus Pavillion for a special international conference devoted to innovations in global health financing.

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RGHI AdministratorNovember 12 International Conference Innovations in Global Health Financing: Measuring and Having Impact
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International Symposium 12 November on Global Innovations in Health Financing Measuring and Having Impact

Measuring Impact and Having Impact are not always the same thing. On the occasion of the honorary doctorate to Paul Gertler, one of the world’s best known researchers on impact evaluations in health, RGHI co-organizes a one-day seminar on state-of-the-art questions around evaluating health financing strategies and health impact.

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Financial incentives the magic bullet?

A blog by Adam Wagstaff, the World Bank’s Research Manager of the Human Development and Public Services, Development Research Group features two recent studies by RGHI partner iBMG (Van de Poel, Bonfrer a.o.). Wagstaff reviews the ongoing quest of what works in trying to incentivize quality care.

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Strategies towards Universal Health Coverage: African Experiences

International Symposium 11 June 2015
This symposium brought together the evidence from recent impact evaluations of African health financing reforms, which aim to bring about Universal Health Coverage (UHC). A full house of participants attended the presentations of selected cases varying from the evaluations of community-based health insurance to performance based financing schemes. A lively debate ensued on identifying more general policy lessons on how to move forward to UHC. The presentations addressed general socio-economic and health developments in Africa by Dr. Agnes Soucat (World Bank) 1434552886_document---pdf-2, ongoing impact evaluations community-based health insurance schemes in Ethiopia and their policy implications by Prof. Arjun Bedi (International Institute for Social Studies) 1434552886_document---pdf-2, the evaluation of the insurance program in Kwara state Nigeria by Prof. Jacques van der Gaag (Amsterdam Institute for International Development) 1434552886_document---pdf-2, an indepth assessment of the Ghana NHIS by Dr. Caroline Jehu-Appiah (African Development Bank) 1434552886_document---pdf-2 and presentations on PBF by Dr. Igna Bonfrer (iBMG) 1434552886_document---pdf-2 and Prof. Bruno Meessen (Institute of Tropical Medicine) 1434552886_document---pdf-2. The day was chaired by Prof. Eddy van Doorslaer (Erasmus University) and moderated by Dr. Ellen Van de Poel (Erasmus University) & Prof. Owen O’Donnell (Erasmus University). The conference culminated in the afternoon in the successful public defence of her PhD thesis by Igna Bonfrer on the very topic of the day’s meetings: the evaluation of health financing models.

For more details see the attached programme or visit www.bmg.eur.nl/uhc_symposium and go to the programme page.

See a blog which Bruno Meessen posted on the CoP PBF

 

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Health XI program dissemination congress stresses many innovations in Chinese rural health project

The rural health development program in China, Health XI, gathered a major dissemination conference in Beijing on November 19. Over 350 participants attended the meeting and shared some major achievements in the 8 provinces which were partner in Health XI. The project, funded by the World Bank and DFID, has been one of the largest rural health reform projects globally. The lessons learned will feed into future Chinese health developments but also have great relevance outside China. RGHI/ iBMG was present as the independent external evaluators of Health XI. ThIs evaluation will be completed next year.

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Ebola still asks for our urgent attention

Today, the short film we made during the October 20 Dutch national ebola debate at Erasmus MC has come on- line. A month after this debate the situation is West Africa with over 15000 cases and over 5000 people dead still requires our urgent attention. RGHI is actively involved in the discussions on the structural reconstruction after the epidemic  has been brought under control.

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Dutch National Ebola debate: Ebola A Tough Wake-Up Call that urges collective action.

In a fully booked main auditorium of Erasmus Medical Center, the Dutch National Ebola Debate took place on Monday 20 October, with many of the key stakeholders from the ebola science and emergency communities present. In several presentations the current state of affairs was discussed and an urgent call for action was mounted, primarily to support the international efforts in West-Africa with self-managing teams, but also to take stock of the various procedures for prevention and management worldwide. ‘It’s is false to think this is an African story’, virology prof. Eric Van Gorp stressed, ‘this is a global affair which concerns us all. We need to face this scourge together’.”

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Ebola: een harde wake-up call

Nationaal ebola actualiteitencafé op 20 oktober in Rotterdam On October 20, RGHI and Erasmus MC will host the national ebola urgency debate. Time: 12-14h, Location: Erasmus MC, main lecture hall 2 (new education building). Event is organised together with RIVM/VWS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cordaid, MSF, and Netherlands Platform for Global Health Policy and Health Systems Research. Please register atvanheteren@bmg.eur.nl if you wish to attend.

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RGHI pushes innovations debate during Capetown Health Systems Global Conference on “People-centered health systems”

On September 30, 15-17h, RGHi will co-host the special session ‘Disrupt in Order to Sustain’ during the global health systems research conference in Capetown, South Africa. Together with the Netherlands Platform for Global Health Policy and Health Systems Research we will address the key innovations which are urgently needed to advance global health much more structurally. See also the film we made in May 2013, when we launched this debate

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“UHC Everybody’s rhetoric but whose responsibility?”

On Sept 3, 2014, WHO lead expert on Universal Health Coverage, Joe Kutzin, engaged in a lively debate organised by the Netherlands Platform and RGHI in Rotterdam. In the presence of health systems researchers, postdocs and health systems reform implementers, Kutzin discussed the progress made in the UHC policy agenda but also tackled a number of pitfalls to avoid. He shared several clear messages with the audience.

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Rotterdam Alliance for Serious Games and Creative Learning (RAS Rotterdam) Set To Move

On July 3, 2014, Representatives of RGHI and the five business partners of the Rotterdam Alliance for Serious Games and Creative Learning got together to discuss our actions for the coming months. The full agenda will be issued in September.

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RGHI AdministratorRotterdam Alliance for Serious Games and Creative Learning (RAS Rotterdam) Set To Move

Rotterdam Creative Coalitions for Serious Games in Global Health launched at Games for Health 2013

On the day of the worst storm in Western Europe since the 1980s representatives of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative and Erasmus MC, ITPreneurs, Lucidious, Organiq, Ranj and Vertigo gathered at the Games for Health Europe conference to launch the Rotterdam Creative Coalitions (RCC) for Serious Games & Innovative Learning in Global Health.

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RGHI AdministratorRotterdam Creative Coalitions for Serious Games in Global Health launched at Games for Health 2013

See the movie “Disrupt in order to sustain” with the conclusions of the May 15, 2013 International conference on Towards Sustainable Global Health Architecture

“Disrupt in Order to Sustain”. This appeal best captures the general spirit of the international global health innovators event “Towards Sustainable Global Health Architecture, Facing the Challenges”, held in Rotterdam on May 15, 2013. Over 120 global health researchers, social entrepreneurs, implementers and policy-makers had accepted the invitation of the Netherlands Platform for Global Health Policy and Health Systems Research, and the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative to join in and discuss the future of global health efforts. They actively engaged with a series of provocative sustainability messages of eight international key-note speakers. Their morning presentations were followed by animated round-table conversations in the afternoon, and culminated in a final panel with prof. Suzanne Kiwanuka (Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda) and prof. Jan Rotmans (DRIFT, Erasmus University) who addressed the necessary battles that have to be fought to make the transitions into the new world.

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RGHI AdministratorSee the movie “Disrupt in order to sustain” with the conclusions of the May 15, 2013 International conference on Towards Sustainable Global Health Architecture

2nd Global Health Systems Research Symposium in Beijing: new aspirations for research on health reform and universal health coverage

The 2nd Global HSR Symposium which took place in Beijing from October 30-November 3, 2012, turned out to be a very stimulating event. Over 1750 participants from all continents gathered to explore the pros and cons of the latest health policy trend: Universal Health Coverage. Those of us who still remember ‘Health for All by the Year 2000’ may have wondered what was new, but five great plenaries and almost 200 break-out sessions made clear that the global health research community is vibrant, critical, and willing to take on new methodological and policy challenges. The congress also saw the launch of a new Society ‘Health Systems Global’. RGHI participated and helped chair a number of sessions.

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Terug naar de voorhoede van gezondheidsinnovatie. Kies voor een Global Health orientatie op gezondheid

Een echte innovatie agenda begint ermee de debatten rond een aantal grote thema’s zoals gezondheidszorg echt anders in te richten. Hiertoe doet een grote coalitie van gezondheidszorginstellingen en kenniscentra een oproep aan de informateurs. De coalitie pleit voor een omslag van gezondheidskosten naar een batenagenda en een nieuwe global health oriëntatie op gezondheid en zorg. Nederland moet uit de schulp als het gaat om inzet van onze kennis op de grote gezondheidsthema’s. De coalitie pleit voor een NL regering die daar rugdekking aan geeft en hierdoor ook veel meer kansen biedt voor de vele kleine vernieuwende bedrijven die Nederland op het terrein van gezondheid rijk is. Een gerichte global health oriëntatie kan voeding geven aan een topsectoren-plus beleid dat kennisvernieuwing, research en innovatieve kleinere gezondheidsbedrijven ruimte biedt om oplossingen voor de grote gezondheidsuitdagingen te ontwikkelen.

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Second round RGHI seed money grants to projects on health insurance, logistics, modeling and knowledge transfer

The steering committee of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative has agreed five new project proposals for seed funding.

The winning proposals pertain to the RGHI research areas of health insurance, health logistics, global health knowledge transfer and modeling of some neglected disease control. The proposals each involve promising coalitions of RGHI partners, with strong external partners.

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RGHI AdministratorSecond round RGHI seed money grants to projects on health insurance, logistics, modeling and knowledge transfer

Prince Claus Chair: Access to Health Insurance congress 2012 at Erasmus University Rotterdam

On June 5th, 2012 Princess Máxima of The Netherlands attended the international Access to Health Insurance congress 2012. This gathering, organized by the Prince Claus Curatorium, ISS, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNSGSA, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative and the PharmAccess Foundation, attracted health practitioners, policy makers, financial experts, academics and consumer representatives from around the world.

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First round of RGHI seed money grants at 110.000 euros

Today, the steering committee of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative has agreed four project proposals for seed funding. From among 10 proposals submitted, 7 were considered eligible and 4 were finally awarded.

The winning proposals cover the key research areas of RGHI and pertain to access to health and health financing; improving performance based financing and community involvement in health, health economics and poverty reduction and the development of equity as one of the pillars of RGHI research.

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RGHI AdministratorFirst round of RGHI seed money grants at 110.000 euros

Launch Rotterdam Global Health Initiative

Many health experts gathered Friday in Theater LantarenVenster in Rotterdam for the international launch of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI). The dynamic network character of the RGHi was nicely displayed by the presence of a large number of health researchers from the Netherlands and abroad: representatives of  the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs, the Alderman for Innovation and her civil servants of the City of Rotterdam; partners from international NGOs and Rotterdam businesses, and honorary guests from the embassees of Bangladesh, Mozambique, Nigeria and the Polish EU presidency.

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