Learn about our work on mental health and
non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
More than ever before, chronic diseases and mental health challenges undermine individual and global health.
Sww our recorded talks to find out more as we chat to experts in Scotland, Sierra Leone and Lebanon. With a mixture of relaxed discussions and more academic reflection, there'll be something for everyone in the programme below.
Watch our brilliant selection of films
We've chosen three wonderful films on the topic of NCDs, looking at the links between sugar, policy, COVID-19 and diabetes. These are no longer available, but can be rented online.
Hear from different members of the community about the impact of our social mobilisation work in Sierra Leone.
Beginning in 2017, our research focuses on contexts where displacement, conflict, pandemic disease or weak capacity makes the delivery of vital health services especially challenging.
RUHF is particularly focused on two vital areas of health provision in these contexts:
Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS)
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes and heart disease
RUHF is working to inform policy making and care delivery regarding mental health and NCDs in real time in Sierra Leone and Lebanon, and to extend our impact to fragile settings globally.
The Unit is a collaborative partnership between the following three organisations:
The Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Global Health Institute, the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
The College of Medicine & Allied Health Science (COMAHS), Freetown, Sierra Leone
GLOBAL HEALTH FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
Afternoon (in Lebanon*)
Let's Talk About Mental Health *in Arabic
Check out the information below to see what was planned and when each activity was taking place.
All timings in the programme are in GMT.
AVAILABLE TO VIEW IN YOUR OWN TIME
Watch the trailer here
MARCH 22, MONDAY
Morning (in Lebanon*)
What are the factors affecting mental health? How can we prevent them and where can people seek help? We will be discussing this and much more with representatives from the health system, and governmental and nongovernmental organisations.
The beautifully animated “3 Teaspoons of Sugar” depicts the experiences of members of a family that are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. From the award-winning Cabblow Studios in South Africa.
MARCH 23, TUESDAY
Join RUHF Director Alastair Ager for a conversation about findings from our work on non-communicable diseases (including diabetes and hypertension) in Sierra Leone and Lebanon and how these parallel and contrast with our experience in Scotland.
MARCH 24, WEDNESDAY
Morning (in Lebanon*)
Join this talk with experts from academia, government and NGOs on ways to prevent chronic diseases and control their risk factors.
MARCH 25, THURSDAY
The charming animation “When It's Risky” investigates how those with Type 2 diabetes are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. From the award-winning Cabblow Studios in South Africa.
MARCH 26, FRIDAY
Join RUHF Director Alastair Ager and Edinburgh psychiatrist Sheila Gilfillan for a conversation about findings from our work on mental health in Sierra Leone and Lebanon. We’ll be exploring the parallels with issues arising in mental health provision in Scotland too.
“El Susto”, or “The Shock”, is an enthralling documentary film exploring the public health crisis surrounding sugar and Type 2 diabetes in Mexico. Join us for the movie screening and Q&A with director Karen Atkins and the people making a difference for the health of their communities.
MARCH 27, SATURDAY
Watch any of the films listed above.
MARCH 28, SUNDAY
Closing. Your last chance to catch one of the films listed above.
Do you have questions about our events, or want to find out more about our work? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.