Insights from the Next Generation Global Health Forum 2017!


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The GHNGN aims to be the voice of early career professionals in Global Health that ensures a place for the next generation in the Global Health debate. One of the activities of the network is to organize the Next Generation Global Health Forum.

DAY 1- Friday, 14th of July 2017

Gema Fabrá, vice-director at CID-CSIC and Anne Sophie Gresle, project manager at ISGlobal opened the conference. Both focused on the importance of the next generation to get involved and to share our voice. Afterwards, Elena Marbán described the aim, team, and projects of the network.

 

PLENARY SESSION I: CAREER STORIES – ENTRY POINTS TO YOUR JOB

In this session, Julian Kickbusch, Elinor Thompson, Jesús Purroy and Maria Jesús Pinazo discussed their professional experiences and gave tips for those wanting to start their career in Global Health. Some statements pronounced were “Be proactive, work hard & always act with integrity”, “Think again before you pursue a Ph.D. to see if it aligns with your career objectives” and “Our educational system makes us think in silos, but we all need practical transferable skills”.

 

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WORKSHOP I: IMPROVE YOUR ORAL SKILLS

Elinor Thompson gave a practical workshop to foster communicative abilities within participants. She focused on achieving clarity in an oral presentation and run a highly interactive and dynamic workshop. She asked the students to come with an idea of an oral presentation and they were engaged since the very beginning, having to discuss in small groups what the main difficulties in an oral presentation are. We were surprised we all had the same thoughts: clarity and engaging the audience.

Through practical exercises and group work, the participants learned the importance of the context and how to design a scientific talk for any attendees. Moreover, Elinor focused on the key points on presenting scientific results:

  1. Identification and articulation of the core purpose of the talk
  2. Provoking emotional engagement
  3. Structuring content

The workshop was so effective and productive that all the participants had positive comments about her expertise in the field of oral communication. Her activities inspired everybody in the room and we can assure that it was a helpful experience for their future careers.

WORKSHOP II: IMPLEMENTING GLOBAL HEALTH PROJECTS IN THE FIELD – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

In this workshop, by Guillermo Martínez and Laura Cartanyà, we learned useful tips that need to be addressed when working in the field.

The second workshop was quite engaging & somehow connected with my current work responsibilities as I am running a project with global health interest at Bangladesh as the evaluation team leader cum researcher.

WORKSHOP III: EBOLA CRISIS SIMULATION – COORDINATION AND RESPONSE

Eduardo Celades gave an interactive and dynamic workshop to make the participants think about how to tackle an outbreak. His practical example focused on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.  

NETWORKING ACTIVITY

After lunchtime, we performed an oral Bingo to get to know each other and find things in common with different nine participants. Tasdik was declared the winner after completing his drawings the first.

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HOW TO FIND YOUR PATH IN GLOBAL HEALTH?

Javier Martín gave a lecture on writing a CV and a cover letter to find a job in Public Health. To stress the importance of networking, he added: “Just 20-30% of the job vacancies are posted on websites”.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JEFFREY LAZARUS

Our keynote speaker, Jeffrey Lazarus, gave an inspirational speech covering the GH agenda. In his overview, he stressed out the shift of paradigm in health systems and presented some success stories to tackle infectious diseases.

 

DAY 2: Saturday, 15th of July 2017

NETWORKING ACTIVITY

We started Saturday morning with a Quiz with questions about Global Health in order to wake you up and to wait for the late-comings.

MASTER PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

In this session moderated by Joan Tallada, four students were selected to present their final Master Projects: Mai Seida from Egypt, Lilas Mercuriali from Spain, Nikola Sklenovská from the Czech Republic and Tasdik Hasan from Bangladesh. All of them addressed a topic of Global Health Concern.

WORKSHOP I: GENDER LENS IN RESEARCH AND PROGRAMMES

Asha Herten, research analyst, Centre on Global Health Security and member of Women in Global Health (WGH) gave a gender perspective to take into account in research.

WORKSHOP II: SEEKING MENTORS IN GLOBAL HEALTH

Marianna Vitaloni, Global Health consultant and member of the Global Health Mentorships (GHMe) programme presented the importance of seeking a mentor to guide us in this “new” and amazing field of Global Health.

PLENARY SESSION II: MEET YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WHO FOUND THEIR WAY IN GLOBAL HEALTH

Julian Kickbusch chaired a session with young professionals working in different areas of Global Health: Shirley Bejerano, Donald Salami, Tasdik Hasan, Camila González and Clara Pons. They discussed their strengths, mistakes, and misconceptions in GH. To remark “I believe that a mistake can turn into a miracle

 

DOCUMENTARY: GLOBAL HEALTH IN THE FIELD

We watched a documentary about a real case of a Global Health professional working in the field in order to tackle one neglected disease.

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, speakers and participants to make this event a great success!

Thank you to Tasdik and Nikole for giving his insights of the forum to make this report.

 

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Elena Marbán Castro is a Research Assistant at Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Chair of the Board at the GHNGN. Her interest is in global health, writing articles on health issues that merit global concern. 

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