Our workshops and seminars

Midwifery Emergency Skills and Helping Babies Breathe

hbb1 The second Midwifery Emergency  Skills course and the third in a series of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) courses were held at MRC, Unit The Gambia, under the Vaccines and Immunity Theme, on the 11th  and  12thNovember 2015. The main objective of the two day course is to train community health workers, including midwives and nurses in resource-poor countries to acquire essential skills for managing obstetric emergencies and resuscitating newborn infants  using simulation based training.

This year the Midwifery Skills training focused on postpartum haemorrhage, eclampsia, blood loss estimation and hand hygiene. Morning lectures included the Health Profile of The Gambia with an update from The Gambian Millennium Development Goals final report, maternal mortality trends at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hosptial (EFSTH), managing high risk pregnancy in The Gambia, recognising the sick obstetric patient, the Obstetric Early Warning Score Chart and the care of the sick obstetric patient.

The Gambia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates  (MMR) in sub-Saharan Africa, so, this training is both timely and essential. The Countdown to 2015 Report revealed a total of 340 maternal deaths in 2013 (MMR 430/100,000 live births). 25% of maternal deaths were due to haemorrhage around the time of childbirth and 16% of deaths occurred as a result of hypertensive disorder during pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period. Millennium Development Goal#5 (MDG5); Improving Maternal Health, set a target of reducing maternal mortality to 263/100,000 live births by 2015.While this may not have been achieved, there has been significant improvement attributed to improvements in access to maternal and child health services. It is worth noting also the significant contribution made towards improving  emergency obstetric care services could have immensely contributed to improving maternal survival.

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (inability to breathe immediately after delivery). The HBB training was established to address the challenge as well as helping to move forward the WHO Millennium Development Goal #4 (MDG4); reduction of child mortality by two thirds from 1990 to 2015.

peoplehbb The goal of HBB is to have at least one person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every baby. A key concept of HBB is The Golden Minute. The Golden Minute identifies the steps that a birth attendant must take immediately after birth to evaluate the baby and stimulate breathing. Within one minute of birth, a baby should be breathing well or should be ventilated with a bag and mask.

The two day  course was successfully facilitated by midwives and paediatricians from Imperial College London and the MRC The Gambia Unit and an obstetrician from the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.

Facilitators include; Marielle Bouqueau (Imperial College London, Midwife), Anna Battersby (MRC/Imperial College London, Paediatrician), Robin Basu Roy (MRC/Imperial College London, Paediatrician), Maggie Welch (Imperial College London, Midwife), Uduak Okomo (MRC Paediatrician), Claire Oluwalana (MRC Paediatrician), Idoko Olubukola (MRC Paediatrician), Beverly Donaldson (Imperial College London, Midwife), Patrick Idoko (MRC/EFSTH Obstetrician).

The Centre for International Child Health Launch event

CICH launchOn 26th January, The Centre for International Child Health was officially launched.

Various experts in Child Health gave their talks at the event. The talks can be found below.

Professor Beate Kampmann, Director of the CICH: Welcome to the CICH- and what is it for?         

Dr Aubrey Cunnington, Academic Department of Paediatrics: Malaria

Dr James Seddon, Academic Department of Paediatrics: Childhood Tuberculosis

Dr Nathalie McDermott, Academic Department of Paediatrics:Ebola and Emerging Infectious Diseases - how do we include children in research?

Jack Grimes, Public Health Engineering: Engineering for Global Child Health

Elisabetta Aurino, Partnership for Child Development:Integrating Education and Health - what can schools do?

Dr Gareth Tudor-Williams, Academic Department of Paediatrics: Educating the next generation of global health professionals - what do we need?

Prof Joy Lawn, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - Keynote Lecture: MDGS to SDGS: what next for women & children’s health?

Midwifery Conference

beverly uclan CICH midwife Dr Beverly Donaldson attended the midwifery conference on 12 September at UCLan 'Challenge Today Change Tomorrow' to share Soapbox’s recent work in the Gambia. Beverly spoke about the piloting of our Environmental Hygiene Training Manual which was designed to train low-literate cleaning staff in infection prevention and control and environmental hygiene using participatory training methods.

Watch the youtube video Soapbox Collaborative: The Gambia

Tackling Tuberculosis - Infectious diseases hub speak to experts from CICH seminar

The first estimates of paediatric TB by the World Health Organization (WHO) were published in 2012, and last year the WHO estimated 530,000 paediatric cases worldwide. However, given the acknowledged difficulties in detecting TB in children, there is need for additional research and focus on the burden of disease in children.

On 16th March Centre for International Child Health launched their first seminar of a bi-monthly seminar series. The topic of the seminar was "Tuberculosis - why we are not winning the fight?" to mark the "World TB day"

The seminar was chaired by Prof. Beate Kampmann, Director of Centre for International Child Health. The speakers at the seminar Dr Peter Dodd, Health Economics Research Associate, University of Sheffield; Dr James Seddon, Academic Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London; Dr Elizabeth Whittaker, Academic Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London spoke to Infectious diesease Hub discussing the challenges in tackling Tuberculosis especially in children.

Click here to listen to podcast.

Adolescent Mental Health Seminar

On 19th May 2017,  Centre for International Child Health hosted their second seminar of a bi-monthly seminar series. The topic of the seminar was "Adolescent Mental Health – Depression in Acton and Africa'"

The seminar was chaired by Prof. Beate Kampmann, Director of Centre for International Child Health. The speakers at the seminar Professor Paul Ramchandani, Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Department of Medicine; – Dr Cornelius Ani, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Dr Kike Olajide, Wellcome Global Health Fellow, Mental Health, Imperial College London spoke to Infectious diesease Hub discussing the challenges in tackling Adolescent Mental Health.

Hear Dr Kike Olajide speak in depth on perinatal depression in IGHI’s recent podcast here and read her article – ‘Peer-delivered mental health interventions – a pragmatic solution to scaling-up access to mental healthcare?’ 

Microbiome : Does it really matter for our health

microbiome seminarThe third of the 5 series bi-monthly seminar series was held on 13th July 2017.

The topic of the Seminar was "Microbiome - Does it really matter for our health?"

The Seminar ws chaired by the Centre Director, Professor Beate and Professor Nicholas Grassly, Prof of Infectious Disease & Vaccine Epidemiology, School of Public Health.

The speakers Prof Julian Marchesi, Professor of Digestive health at Centre for Digestive and Gut Health; Dr Edward Parker, Research Associate, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology; and Dr Alex Shaw, Research Associate, Faculty of Medicine gave their talks focussed on Role of Microbiota in child health.

The talks are as follows:

Professor Julian Marchesi : Gut Microbiome – its role in child health and development

Dr Edward Parker : The intestinal Microbiome and oral vaccine immunogenicity

Dr Alex Shaw : The neonatal microbiota: the foundation of future health?