RUHF Global Health Festival
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Our Global Health Festival was an unmissable international event, with a wide variety of talks, screenings, and much more. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
22 Mar 2021, 13:00 GMT – 28 Mar 2021, 23:00 BST
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ACTIVITIES

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.

Amjata Bayoh and Simeon Sahid Sesay explore how they came to work in the mental health field and what inspires them every day.

 

ABOUT US

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

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GLOBAL HEALTH FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

1PM

Afternoon (in Lebanon*)

Let's Talk About Mental Health                                                                                     *in Arabic

 

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

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.

If you have any queries, please contact us at ruhf@qmu.ac.uk.

AVAILABLE TO VIEW IN YOUR OWN TIME

Mon-Wed

Thur-Sat

All week

MARCH 22, MONDAY

11AM

Let's Talk About Mental Health   

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.

*in Arabic

5PM

Screening: 3 Teaspoons of Sugar  (14 min)

Evening

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

2PM

A Conversation On... Non-Communicable Diseases

Afternoon

 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

11AM

Let's Talk About Non-Communicable Diseases

Morning (in Lebanon*)

 

Join this talk with experts from academia, government and NGOs on ways to prevent chronic diseases and control their risk factors.

*in Arabic

MARCH 25, THURSDAY

5PM

Screening: When It's Risky... COVID-19 and Diabetes   (16 min)    

Evening

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

2PM

A Conversation On... Mental Health               

Afternoon

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.  

6.30PM

Screening of El Susto + Panel Discussion with Director  (1 h 15 min)

Evening

“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

MARCH 28, SUNDAY

Closing. Your last chance to catch one of the films listed above.

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CONTACT US

Do you have questions about our events, or want to find out more about our work? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.