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Alma Mata Global Health Network is for all interested in global health issues.

It provides regular updates on news, events, education and careers related to global health via its website, Facebook group, Twitter account and mailing list.

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Oct 28 2015

Gain or Drain: Migration and the NHS

Global Health Advocacy Seminar
In conjunction with The Royal College of Physicians

Venue:  Council Chamber, Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrew’s Place, London NW1 4LE

Date: Tuesday 3rd November, 18:30-20:00 with a drinks reception afterwards

MigrationThis seminar will discuss the interaction between migration and the NHS, in terms of both usage and the delivery of healthcare in the UK. To what degree is the NHS dependent on migrants who comprise a significant proportion of its workforce? What does charging for healthcare mean in regards to human rights, public health and economic terms? And, what are the healthcare implications for the UK of the current refugee crisis?

Join us for an interactive debate: put your questions to our panel of speakers, and share your point of view. There will be a drinks reception afterwards for further discussion and networking. 

Dr Philipa Mladovsky, London School of Economics
Dr Angela Burnett, Freedom from Torture
Dr Clare Shortall, Doctors of the World
Dr Derek Summerfield, London Institute of Psychiatry/RC of Psychiatry
Mr Edwin Sesange, Out and Proud Diamond Group
Date: Tuesday 3rd November, 6:30-8pm, drinks reception until 9 pm.

Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Free to attend: reserve your place by emailing

Image Credit: Matt S

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May 31 2015

Latest Alma Mata Newsletter


Alma Mata Newsletter

Bringing you the latest global health events, news, educational links and opportunities

This month featuring Médecins du Monde’s European Observatory Report, our upcoming seminar with the RCP on climate change and forced migration and calls for submission.

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Apr 30 2015

Latest Alma Mata Newsletter

Med Humanitarian CrisisLatest Alma Mata Global Health Newsletter

Featuring – responding to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, global health jobs, short courses in Amsterdam, Medical Peace Work and our next seminar at the Royal College of Physicians: Forces of Nature: climate change migration and the role of health professionals on Wednesday 3rd June, click here to view.

We are recruiting for an additional editor to help us keep on top of all the issues, news and opportunities. If you would be interested in joining the team, please email me on

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Apr 22 2015

Forces of Nature: climate change migration and the role of health professionals

OxfamWednesday 3rd June 2015, 6.30 p.m. – 8pm
Royal College of Physicians, 

This seminar will address the effects of climate change on population movement, and the subsequent impact on health. Should the term “climate refugee” be established, and would this be helpful to those affected? How can health care systems address the problems and opportunities that climate change and environmental migration bring?

Chaired by: Prof. Paul Wilkinson Public & Environmental Health Research Unit, LSHTM

Speakers include: Dr. Ilan Kelman,UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction;  Prof Hugh Montgomery, director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance, Hugh Grant-Peterkin, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare,  Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, Green Party and Alex Randall,  UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition.

The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome, with a drinks reception afterwards. Email to secure your place.

Image courtesy of Oxfam

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Apr 07 2015

Do you think there should be more Global Health in UK Postgraduate Training? If so what? …

Opportunity to contribute to development of Global Health competencies for health professionals


Please consider taking this surveaomrc-logoy to help to develop global health competencies for doctors and other health professionals. Any health professional, health academic, health educator, patient or indeed any member of the public may take part. All responses to this survey will remain anonymous. However we would like to know your profession or role relation to the health service to inform analysis of the results.

In our increasingly interdependent world, global health is of relevance to all healthcare professionals. Population movement and shifting disease patterns mean that healthcare professionals practicing in the UK need to be competent in delivering effective healthcare to multicultural societies with diverse needs. Clinicians are increasingly being asked to take on leadership roles that would benefit from an understanding of disparate healthcare systems and the impact of globalisation on health.

The Intercollegiate Global Health Curriculum Group would like to invite you to take part in round 1 of a three-part consultation. We ask for your comments on the draft competencies. To thank you for your involvement, we will enter you into a prize draw for one of two £50 book vouchers.

The aim of this consultation is to produce a framework for postgraduate training that identifies generic, core competencies in global health for postgraduate healthcare professional training. The focus is on “what a doctor working in a high income country needs to be able to do”, and it will be accompanied with examples of how training to achieve these competencies could be delivered. The results may inform competency frameworks for other health professionals and in low and middle income countries.

If you would like to take part please click on the following link

For any further information please email the Intercollegiate Global Health Curriculum Group:

Clare Shortall
Vice-President Alma Mata Global Health Network

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Mar 11 2015

FREE Global Health training Day now open to Alma Mata members

Global LensTime: Wednesday, 18 March 2015 from 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Princess Alex Lecture Theatre, Ashfield Street, London, E1 6NR

To widen understanding of global health and the economic, social, political and cultural forces that shape health and health systems worldwide. For more information see here.


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Feb 26 2015

Latest Alma Mata Newsletter

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This newsletter covers upcoming global health events, educational opportunities, jobs and the latest news

To see the newsletter either click here.  Please contact us at if you have any events, jobs or opportunities you would like us to know about.

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Feb 16 2015

Newcastle seminar “Volunteering: Barriers and Benefits”

Global Health Advocacy seminar, with the Royal College of Physicians

Date:  Monday 16th March, 18:30 – 20:00 with a drinks reception afterwards

Venue:  Education Centre, Freeman Hospital, High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN

Taking our usual format of an interactive discussion, the panel will comprise speakers with backgrounds ranging from medical education and workforce planning to frontline clinical care in Sierra Leone and elsewhere.  This seminar will aim to examine the challenges doctors face when volunteering abroad, for example with securing time out of training, pensions, and revalidation.  What support exists for doctors looking to volunteer overseas?  How can volunteering overseas affect an individual doctor’s training, as well as medical capacity in the UK and abroad?

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Richard Walker, RCP/Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT/Newcastle University

Mrs Brenda Longstaff, Head of International Partnerships, Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT

Dr Gareth Lewis, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health/Alma Mata

Dr. Michael Stark, UK Cross-Government Overseas Volunteering Project

Free to attend!  Email to reserve a place.

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Jan 26 2015

Missed out on the Global Health Advocacy seminars?

EbolaYou can access videos of two of our recent seminars here:

“Contagion of Fear:  Ebola and future global health security responses”  27th November 2014

“Apps, maps, and cyberchats:  how technology can be harnessed for global health”  19th June 2014

We are grateful to the Royal College of Physicians for providing this footage.

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Jan 26 2015

Peter Piot on Desert Island Discs


BBC Radio 4 – Kirsty Young’s castaway is the Director of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Professor Peter Piot

As a microbiologist he is known for his research into viruses and into the public health aspects of sexually transmitted diseases, and, more recently, on the politics of AIDS and global health. Born in Leuven in Belgium, he studied medicine and in 1976, as a young researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, he was sent a blood sample of a Belgian nun living in what was then Zaire who had fallen ill with a mysterious disease. On investigation, Piot and his colleagues realised it was a virus they’d not seen before which they went on to identify as Ebola. He then travelled to Zaire to help quell the outbreak.

Later, back in Antwerp, he developed an interest in sexually transmitted diseases and joined the World Health Organisation’s Global Programme on HIV/AIDS in 1992. Appointed as Executive Director of the newly created Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS in late 1994 his major successes were putting AIDS on the political agenda and achieving a reduction in the price of antiretroviral drugs.

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