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2019 Otago Global Health Institute Annual Conference

Global health in the era of climate change
6-7 November 2019 | University of Otago, Wellington

OGHI Conference 2019 poster thumbnailThe 12th annual OGHI Conference held 6-7 November 2019 in Wellington explored the theme of Global Health in the Era of Climate Change. The conference was attended by about 50 delegates, and 23 papers were presented, which included presentations on solar-powered health care, water resource management and the impact of climate change on health inequalities. Other topics in the programme were as diverse as smallpox in Nepal, religious ceremonies in Mauritius, nutrition in Tonga and mental health in Tanzania.
The conference included a strong focus on global health in the Pacific, with researchers discussing their work on a range of projects in the Pacific region, including from the Solomons, Fiji and Tonga. We were delighted to welcome three guest speakers this year:

  • Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director General of SPC, who delivered a talk on non-communicable diseases in the Pacific, and also delivered the 2019 McAuley Oration entitled “Responding to the dual crises threatening health in the Pacific Islands”;
  • Professor Di Sarfati, who presented a talk about cancer control in the Pacific; and
  • Professor Jo Sharp, a 2019 William Evans Fellow from St Andrews University, who gave a presentation on drivers of change in livestock systems in Tanzania.

This is the first year that the OGHI conference has been held outside of Dunedin, and also the first time that we have included a pre-conference workshop for delegates. The workshop focused on two topics, Contributing to research activities in the Pacific region and Applying for global health research funding. Workshop attendees were afforded the opportunity to explore key cultural, practical and methodological issues relevant to conducting research in partnership with Pacific researchers in Pacific Island settings; and also to learn about the main potential funding sources for global health research, particularly in a Pacific setting.

McAuley Oration

Dr Colin Tukuitonga (The Pacific Community, SPC) delivered the McAuley Oration Responding to the Dual Crises Threatening Health in the Pacific Islands

 Visit the Pacific-Community-SPC website to read more about Dr Colin Tukuitonga