Global Health Collaborative

The Global Health Collaborative (GHC) was set up in 2016 to bring together individuals and organisations, across Plymouth and the wider South West, who have an interest in or are already working in, global health.

Our collaborative operates within the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) in the Faculty of Health, and aims to share learning, enable new international health partnerships to be set up, and increase both global health education and work/ experience opportunities for health professionals of all levels, both in international and 'locally global' settings.

Email to join our mailing list for details of forthcoming events and volunteering opportunities. Subscribe to the fortnightly Wessex and South West Global Health newsletter to keep up to date with global health stories from across the region.

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Student engagement

Student volunteers join TeamTalk

Plymouth student Johnathan Murphy joined a small team of medical students that took part in an eight day trip to Kenya, working on Future Health Africa’s inspiring TeamTalk project that uses sport to help improve self esteem, education and gender equality in regions which face social, economic and health challenges. 
It is not every day at medical school that you get to sit in the shadow of Mount Kenya under the outstretched branches of an Acacia tree with a class of Maasai school boys, surrounded by the natural beauty of a wildlife conservancy.

Jonathan talks about his experience.


After the discussion. Lepurua vs Borono tag rugby


Ready for Lepurua vs Borona tag rugby. The smiles of those children reflected our own, you could see their real pride in their performance.

Discovering careers in global health

Medical student Lucy Longbottom attended the Tropical Medicine Society Global Health Careers Conference at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. She enjoyed "an awesome day jam packed full of talks from super experienced and interesting speakers from all areas of tropical and remote medicine". Highlights included:
  • Flowa Houldsworth, a nurse who had volunteered with MSF for a number of years, who spoke with an inspirational energy about tackling nationwide issues with babies who were failing to thrive in African countries and the impact that basic nutritional education for mothers had on the local populations.
  • Professor Sir Eldryd Parry - a 90 year old legend of tropical medicine - spoke of was his drive to promote the development of all levels of healthcare staff to meet their desired goals, principally in Africa. An absolute inspiration! 

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Royal Devon &amp; Exeter hospital&nbsp; &nbsp;<br></p>

Flowa Houldsworth talking at the Exeter Global Health Careers Conference


Global Health Cafes

Global health cafes are informal semi-structured events which aim to share learning, enable new international health partnerships to be set up, and increase both global health education and work/experience opportunities for health professionals of all levels, both in international and 'locally global' settings.

At our latest Global Health Café we were joined by Dr Daniel Grace, Medical Director of The Virtual Doctors, who gave an introduction to the work of this UK-based charity in Africa. Find out more about The Virtual Doctors.

Some of our previous cafes include:

  • Human: Solving the global workforce crisis in healthcare – Guest speaker Mark Britnell, Global Healthcare Expert, KPMG International
  • COVID Stories: Focus on Africa
  • Workforce development: Effective ways to support development of the health workforce globally, without whom there is no healthcare – Guest speaker Fleur Kitsell, Health Education England
  • Displacement Studies research network: creative recovery – Guest speaker Dr Sana Murrani, School of Art, Design and Architecture.

To hear about upcoming Global Health cafes, email to add your name to our mailing list.

What if a smartphone could save a life? Watch The Virtual Doctors’ video

Events and conferences

Global Health Collaborative Networks Conference – new virtual global health partnerships and future opportunities.

1.30 – 4.30pm, Friday 5 November, 2021

At the end of last year, the Global Health Collaborative, in conjunction with Health Education England, created a digital event to bring together UK Global Health Networks including Severn, Wessex and Wales. Overseas partners from Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia also jointly presented on various current projects. Visit our YouTube channel to view recordings from the day.

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Global Health Photo Competition

The Global Health Photography competition aims to capture and display the global health activity of people from the South West Peninsula.

It’s open to all staff and students of the University of Plymouth and affiliated organisations such as the NHS or charities as part of the Global Health Collaborative.

The judging is based on a combination of technical merit, artistic ability and the Global Health message that the photo conveys.

View entries and winners from 2019.


Global health news

<p>Dr Pollyanna Magne</p>
Local and international impact sees academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Dr Pollyanna Magne received the accolade for a sustained track record of impact on teaching and learning in Higher Education.

5 August 2021

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