Global health in the era of climate change
6-7 November 2019 | University of Otago, Wellington
The 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.
Dr Colin Tukuitonga (The Pacific Community, SPC) delivered the McAuley Oration Responding to the Dual Crises Threatening Health in the Pacific Islands.
- Implementing global health policy - laying the foundations for smallpox eradication in Nepal (Susan Heydon) (PDF 1,083KB)
- Antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of Gram-negative bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus (Lupe Isaia) (PDF 3,655KB)
- Solar-powered eye care delivery in Solomon Islands (Jade Jackson) (PDF 2,958KB)
- Global antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella Typhi: a systematic review (Christian Marchello) (PDF 424KB)
- Melioidosis and serological evidence of exposure to Burkholderia pseudomallei among patients with fever, northern Tanzania (Michael Maze) (PDF 1,306KB)
- High tuberculosis incidence among people living with diabetes in Bandung, Indonesia (TINDER study) (Sue McAllister) (PDF 736KB)
- Defining Child Sexual Abuse in Fiji (Adriu Naduva) (PDF 1,352KB)
- Exploring the me'akai Tongan children eat in Ha'apai using wearable cameras (Viliami Puloka) (PDF 2,892KB)
- Cancer control in the Pacific (Diana Sarfati) (PDF 3,141KB)
- How do extreme ritual practices affect psychophysiological wellbeing? Findings from a Tamil Hindi kavadi ritual in Mauritius (John Shaver) (PDF 1,721KB)
- Identifying infectious disease hazards in Tongan children's environments using wearable cameras (Moira Smith) (PDF 3,072KB)
- Tongan children's beverage availability and consumption: a wearable camera study (Moira Smith) (PDF 3,055KB)
- How do traditional healers perceive and treat seizures? A qualitative study in northern Tanzania (Jim Stacey) (PDF 958KB)
- Our Changing Climate: Health Inequities in the Pacific (Cameron Toogood) (PDF 3,654KB)