Reciprocal benefits of Global Health partnerships
  • Rolle Plaza Marquee, University of Plymouth

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The Global Health Collaborative (GHC) based at the University of Plymouth and covering the whole South West are holding an international conference focusing on effective engagement of UK volunteers and partners in Global Health (GH) initiatives.


12:45 - Registration

13:00 - Welcome by Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), University of Plymouth

13:00-13:30 - Keynote by Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, Co-chair of the Global Health Collaborative

13:30-14:00 - Uganda partnership overseas visitor, Dr Ivan Kumuli, on setting up an academic partnership institution and bringing services, education and research together

14:00-14:30 - Dr Nick Boyd, Kings Sierra Leone partnership

14:40-15:00 - Kenya partnership overseas visitor, Dr Mary Nduta, on reciprocal benefits of the Kenya partnership work and future direction

15:00-15:30 - Tea with poster viewing

15:30-16:00 - Professor Helen Ackers, Knowledge4Change talking about her organisation and her GH research around this at Salford University

16:00-16:30 - Sierra Leone partnership overseas visitor, Amara Keh-Yillah Fornah, Principal of Masanga Nursing School

16:30-17:00 - Sophie Ward, Programme Officer of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships

17:00-17:15 - Richard Skone James of Tropical Health Education Trust

17:15-18:15 - Tea with world cafe interactive tables on opportunities in GH, volunteering and partnerships

  • 1. GP focused - Dr Edward Parry Jones
  • 2. Nurses and allied health professionals focused - Maria Diaz, Cat Brewer, Rachael Palmer
  • 3. Postgraduate medical focused
  • 4. Medical student focused - Jonathan Murphy and Students and Refugees Together (START), Plymouth

18:00-18:45 - Drinks and networking

18:45-19:00 - Closing remarks including poster prizes and launch of photography competition

Networking to continue from 19:00 onwards - Masanga fundraising event in Rolle Marquee.

The conference will bring together a range of stakeholders from across the peninsula and other regions to:

  • learn from innovative approaches for global citizenship, hearing first-hand about Wales’ future generation act and Health Education England’s Global Engagement Strategy
  • hear from centres of excellence within the UK - speakers from Cambridge Global Health Partnerships and Kings College London Centre for Global Health will talk about their respective journeys in forming GH networks
  • gain a unique opportunity to hear from some of our low and middle income countries partners visiting from Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone
  • visit a marketplace that showcases local examples of ongoing GH work and opportunities for involvement and research
  • explore the reciprocal benefits to the workforce and health system in the South West and future direction.

The day will focus on building sustainable and beneficial GH partnerships for reciprocal benefit.

Our GH vision is to focus on the coordination, quality and effectiveness, expansion, and formal evaluation, of all local GH activities (education, training, research and partnerships).  

The aim of this event is to learn from different ‘models’ of GH ‘bodies’ (networks/ ecosystem/hub/institutes) based on experience and excellence across other UK regions. Key senior decision makers will be present including representatives of the NHS, local authority, public health and primary care. 

A delegate meal on Plymouth’s waterfront will be arranged for those staying to enjoy Plymouth’s scenery and outdoor activities for the weekend.

Global Health poster competition

We are now accepting abstracts for the poster competition on the theme of ‘Global Health in Practice’.

This will be an opportunity to present to world-leading global health medical professionals from all over the UK and their international partners in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Uganda. There will be a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (TBC).

If you wish to submit an application to present a poster please send a 150-word abstract of how your experiences of global health has influenced your practice in the UK. This can be from electives, personal experiences or even placements and volunteering within the UK related to global health.

Run by Jonathan Murphy of Plymouth 'Students for Global Health' and William Jones of 'Plymouth Wilderness and Expedition Medical Society'. Please email entries to:

This event is free to University of Plymouth staff and students but there is a small fee for external attendees. Contact for further information.

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Kelechi qualified with a medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1999, and worked until September 2003 in general medicine and infectious diseases in diverse settings – rural/urban, deprived/affluent. During study for an MSc in Tropical Medicine & International Health (with Distinction) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he won the Frederick-Murgatroyd prize for academic excellence. In the period that followed, Kelechi’s research on experiences of stigma amongst African migrants living with tuberculosis in East London received international recognition for its findings on health system-related diagnostic delays. He later studied for an MPH in Global Health Science (with Distinction) at Oxford University and followed that up a PhD in Public Health & Epidemiology at Oxford University in 2011. For his PhD, Kelechi set up a primary study in 19 clinical centres across 13 countries in five continents, collecting and analysing data on chronic pelvic pain in women undergoing surgical evaluation for a possible diagnosis of endometriosis. This research formed the basis for development of a clinical tool for symptom-based prediction of a surgical diagnosis of endometriosis and was a feature video article in the Fertility and Sterility journal during 2011.

Kelechi’s subsequent Public Health career has seen him hold posts in the National Health Service and Local Government - Consultant in Public health in NHS Berkshire West (2009-13) and Service Director for Public Health & then Interim Director of Public Health in Bristol City Council (2013-14). From April 2014 until October 2016, Kelechi was Director of Public Health in Plymouth City Council. Joining the organisation at a time of uncertainty for the public health system, Kelechi was noted to have brought dynamic leadership of the population health agenda not just for the council but for the City. He and his team developed the ‘4-4-54’ construct and Thrive Plymouth programme which set out a clear and focused strategy for population health in the city. This became well embedded in the city’s strategic plan until 2036 (The Plymouth Plan), providing a compelling vision around which partners, communities and institutions in the city could rally. Kelechi has since March 2015 held an Honorary Professorship in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Plymouth. 

Since November 2016, Kelechi has been Executive Director of Public Health in Cwm Taf University Health Board, South Wales. In January 2018, he took on additional role as executive lead for Research & Development and Innovation in the organisation, which involves developing and steering academic and strategic links with academic institutions and industry. Kelechi works with a dynamic team of public health professionals who are setting out and implementing a system-wide approach to wellbeing based on strong foundations of population health management, prevention, population health research, knowledge mobilisation and collaborative working with communities. 

Kelechi is co-founder, Trustee and current President of the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria, and has recently been elected co-chair of the South West Global Health Collaboration. He aspires to continue making notable contributions to global health practice, research, training and education through deploying the core principles of public health in any setting where the need and opportunities exist.

Global Health Collaborative (GHC) international conference

Keynote speaker: Professor Kelechi Nnoaham

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