Welcome to the Global Health Strategic Group newsletter,
Your bi-monthly peek at what is happening behind the scenes in the field of global health, with trending news, upcoming events, funding opportunities and more! Read on to find out what researchers across all disciplines of global health research have been up to in recent months. We look forward to staying connected with you!
One of the RRSPQ's objectives is to promote the exchange and utilisation of knowledge among and by the various actors in the population health network. To this end, we would like to invite all members of the RRSPQ to share their publications or activities (conferences, webinars, etc). These will be advertised on the RRSPQ website and the network’s social media accounts, insofar as they are relevant to population health research and ideally relating to the specific themes of the strategic groupings.
"Last week, the WHO welcomed the Government of Malawi’s launch of the world’s first malaria vaccine in a landmark pilot programme. The country is the first of three in Africa in which the vaccine, known as RTS,S, will be made available to children up to 2 years of age; Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks. Thirty years in the making, RTS,S is the first, and to date the only, vaccine that has demonstrated it can significantly reduce malaria in children. In clinical trials, the vaccine was found to prevent approximately 4 in 10 malaria cases, including 3 in 10 cases of life-threatening severe malaria. “Malaria is a constant threat in the African communities where this vaccine will be given. The poorest children suffer the most and are at highest risk of death,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. The pilot programme is designed to generate evidence and experience to inform WHO policy recommendations on the broader use of the RTS,S malaria vaccine." (WHO, 23 April 2019, News release, Geneva).
"An oral cholera vaccination campaign to protect survivors of Cyclone Idai began earlier this month in Beira, Mozambique. Funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the campaign will be carried out by the Mozambique Ministry of Health, with support from WHO and other partners, including UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Save the Children. There has already been one reported cholera death and almost 1500 reported cases following the cyclone, which caused severe flooding in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar after making landfall in March. WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health to coordinate the oral cholera vaccination campaign, including working with partners to ensure an appropriate cold chain storage and providing logistical support." (WHO, 3 April 2019, News release, Geneva/Beira)
"The number of measles cases worldwide in the first three months of 2019 has increased 300 per cent compared to the same period in 2018 to more than 110,000 cases reported worldwide, says a recent UNICEF report. UNICEF said that an estimated 169 million children worldwide did not receive the first dose of the measles vaccine in the past eight years. Pockets of unvaccinated children allow measles to spread, the agency said, which has caused the current outbreaks around the world, including in Canada. Children are amongst the most vulnerable to measles. In 2017, youngsters made up the majority of the 110,000 people who died from measles." (UNICEF, 27 April 2019, Press release, New York)
"WHO has released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services. “Harnessing the power of digital technologies is essential for achieving universal health coverage,” says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Ultimately, digital technologies are not ends in themselves; they are vital tools to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.” Over the past two years, WHO systematically reviewed evidence on digital technologies and consulted with experts from around the world to produce recommendations on some key ways such tools may be used for maximum impact on health systems and people’s health." (WHO, 17 April 2019, News release)
To mark World Maternal Mental Health Day on May 1st, the Ludmer Center of Neuroinformatics and Mental Health is organizing a full-day symposium centred on perinatal mental health. The theme of this symposium is: "Begin before Birth:Progress in Prevention and Intervention." Anyone interested in maternal mental health and the link to children's long-term physical, cognitive and emotional development is encouraged to attend!
The Université du Québec en Outaouais and the Cégep de l'Outaouais will be hosting this year’s ACFAS congress, structured around the theme of engaging dialogue between research and society. French-speaking graduate students and researchers of all domains intersecting with sciences, and from all over the world, will be participating in this large-scale event. Registration is ongoing!
The CERIUM will be offering a total of 16 summer courses covering major themes in world affairs. Each course will be of a duration of 6 days and will be led by experts in the respective fields addressed. Courses with a relevance to global health include Practices and Policies in an Intercultural Setting as well as Governance, Natural Resources, and Socioenvironmental Conflict: The Search for Solutions.
McGill’s Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health is returning for Summer 2019! Hosted by McGill Global Health Programs, the Summer Institute short courses feature internationally known faculty, a focus on highly applicable new knowledge, and an opportunity to network with fellow global health professionals from around the world. The courses offered during this two-week program will include TB Research Methods, Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century: Challenges and Dilemmas, Global Health Diagnostics, Antimicrobial Resistance, Advanced TB Diagnostics, Clinical TB, Qualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research and Quality of TB Care. The institute is now accepting applications!
Organized by the Canadian Public Health Association, the Public Health 2019 conference is a national forum where public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, to share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. This year’s program will incorporate a variety of session types, including plenary sessions, collaborator sessions, workshops and symposia, oral presentations, and poster presentations.
Every year, the Canadian Association for HIV Research hosts the premier gathering in Canada for all those involved HIV/AIDS research and intersecting disciplines. This year’s conference theme, “Wuniska”, is a Cree and Saulteaux word that means wake up, awaken, arise, wake up and rise. Wuniska is a concept filled with optimism for the new day, which we greet with renewed energy and passion. Leading edge topics concerning Indigenous health will be discussed and attendees will be able to share the outcomes of new research and policy decisions.
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference is set to be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists will flock to Vancouver with the drive to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere. The conference will present new knowledge, promote world-class solutions, and engage a broad spectrum of voices. It will focus on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.
Held as a biennial joint meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research and the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections, this congress brings together prominent researchers in the field of sexually transmitted infections. The latest interpretations of new data from world experts and the implications of these findings for the delivery of patient care will be discussed, with the aim of fueling the ongoing dialogue surrounding these critical issues.
Organized by the CORE group, this conference enables community health advocates (including NGOs, academics, donors, and the private sector) to come together and discuss emerging challenges and gaps in community health. Skill building, networking and program learning will be emphasized for all participants in order to generate greater programmatic impact through collaboration between diverse stakeholders. This year's conference will be focused on the theme of "Partnerships and Innovation for Community Health". Late registration is still open!
Together with the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology, the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for the Study of Dengue and its Vector of the Institute of Tropical Medicine/MINSAP presents the 16th edition of the Dengue International Course. This course will provide epidemiological updates on the regional and global dengue, zika, chikungunya and yellow fever situations through both theoretical and practical course sessions. Key stakeholders will have the opportunity to debate on the most relevant and updated aspects of these diseases.
This funding opportunity aims to build research capacity in maternal, reproductive, child and youth health by funding operating grants to early career investigators. The program will fund research across the four CIHR research themes (biomedical, clinical, health services, and social, cultural, environmental, and population health) that has the potential to have a significant impact on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health outcomes according to the mandates of the participating CIHR institutes. In keeping with the CIHR Sex, Gender and Health Research policy, all proposals are expected to consider how sex and/or gender might shape the research described.
The primary aim of the ninth joint call of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) is to combine the resources, infrastructures, and strengths of multiple countries in order to facilitate innovative research projects on diagnostics and surveillance strategies that can be used to detect and monitor antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The call focuses on the development of new or improved diagnostics and surveillance strategies, tools, technologies and methods that can be used to aid the diagnosis of AMR infections in human and veterinary settings, or the surveillance and detection of AMR in humans, animals and the environment. Projects should consider implementation into appropriate geographic settings, including into low and middle income countries (LMICs), and assume a One Health perspective where appropriate.
The goal of HeLTI is to generate evidence that will inform national policy and decision-making in Canada and the participating countries for the improvement of health and the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases, are also a priority issue for Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) in Canada. CIHR has therefore launched the Indigenous component of HeLTI (I-HeLTI) to address similar issues faced by and specific to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This funding opportunity will fund four I-HeLTI research teams that will build the infrastructure and capacity that is needed to conduct an Indigenous-driven I-HeLTI DOHaD Intervention Cohort Research Study. I-HeLTI will operate according to Indigenous self-governance and self-determination, recognizing the need to respect how Indigenous Peoples must be involved in health research.
The purpose of the Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program is to establish a national network of centres focused on capacity development, research and knowledge translation (KT) centred on Indigenous Peoples (i.e., First Nations, Inuit and Métis). The network of centres is intended to provide supportive research environments for Indigenous health research driven by and grounded in Indigenous communities in Canada. The funded NEIHR centres will take a comprehensive approach to building capacity in Indigenous health research by concentrating on Indigenous communities and structural factors (e.g., educational systems, institutions, research infrastructures, policy apparatus) and by focusing on individual agency (e.g., supporting trainees and researchers).
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to highly deserving postdoctoral applicants by three of Canada’s federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. The program’s emphasis is on the synergy between applicants and host institutions and dictates that applicants must complete their application in full collaboration with a proposed host institution.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 18, 2019
Québec's most recent publications in global health
Welcome to the Students' Corner! This space is dedicated to the research, publications, experiences and work of students of Québec Universities, and can also serve as a platform to publicize events and activities organized by students in the realm of global health. We welcome submissions from any students who would like to contribute and see their material posted in our upcoming issues! If you are interested, get in touch with us via the RS-Santé mondiale email linked at the top and bottom of the newsletter.
The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) program supports high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian institutions and other research institutions outside of Canada. This foreign study supplements program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Alexander Graham Bell, or Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master's or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 10, 2019 (1st intake) and October 10, 2019 (2nd intake)
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