Win a travel grant to “Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface”| Geneva Health Forum, April 2018 |Coursera |

Note: only low or lower-middle income country citizens eligible – Please forward to your contacts who will be eligible…

Closes: 1st February 2018 (23:59 pm, Geneva Local Time, UTC/GMT + 1)

Win a Travel Grant to attend the Geneva Health Forum in April 2018 for free and participate in an innovative workshop and learning experience on digital innovation in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Global Health!

Note you will need to join COURSERA to access the information and all the links below

The Geneva Health Forum (GHF), created in 2006 by the University Hospitals of Geneva and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva, is the Swiss flagship event in Global Health. Every two years, GHF attracts both Swiss and internationally renowned stakeholders, and brings together participants from all sectors (health, academia, politics, civil society and private sector professionals).

This seventh edition of the GHF will focus on “Precision Global Health in the Digital Age”. It will take place from April 10-12, 2018 at the International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG). The GHF combines plenary and parallel sessions and a large international exhibition area, which is a fantastic opportunity for networking and extending discussions beyond the conference rooms. About 1’200 participants from 80 countries are expected and Russia is guest of honor. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO Director-General and Dr Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation are among the GHF 2018 keynotes speakers.

The GHF 2018 offers this year one travel grant covering the travelling and accommodation costs of a learner from this MOOC on “Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface”. This learner will join during the GHF 2018 an innovative workshop entitled Are we ready for the next emerging pandemic? Opportunities and challenges in the Digital Age. This workshop will use a project-based and active learning approach, where participants will address this exciting question working collaboratively in interdisciplinary and international teams, and interact with the large diversity of high-level experts and participants at the GHF 2018. This workshop is also part of the Spring School in Global Health 2018

To be this lucky learner participant, you must:

1) Be a national of a low or lower-middle income country included in the OECD listing Eligible countries of origin are in the first three columns: Least Developed Countries/Other Low Income Countries/ Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories. If you have a dual nationality of which one is not of a low or lower-middle income country, you may NOT apply for a travel grant

2) Have successfully completed the MOOC by February 1st 2018, which involves passing all the graded quiz (a quiz for each section plus the final quiz) We will need a screen shot of the Coursera’s email that you will receive upon completion of the course. The official Coursera certificate is not required, which means that there are no costs for participating to this competition

3) Film a 2 min video pitch responding to the following questions.

– Are we ready for the next emerging pandemic?

  • Yes or No?
  • Give two reasons why Yes or No based on what you have learned during this MOOC and/or on other knowledge or resources your may have on the topic
  • If No, suggest two actions/strategies to improve our readiness. Where would you put the efforts (e.g. innovative and joint epidemiological surveillance, vaccines development etc.)?

– How will participating in this workshop help you to progress in your career?

Deadline for sending the Coursera’s email confirmation and your video: 1st February 2018 (23:59 pm, Geneva Local Time, UTC/GMT + 1)

Your ability to communicate the content in a clear and synthetic way will be taken into account in the selection process.

Format & filming tools:

  • Video-talk of a strict maximum of 2 min. No video-edition required (e.g. images, maps etc.)
  • You can use any filming device (e.g. webcam in your laptop, camera in your smart phone, video-camera etc.) as long as your face is clearly visible (headshot) and your voice loud and clear. You may want to use a micro and/or talk close to your recording device to ensure the quality of the sound.
  • Videos over 2 min, not visible and/or audible will be rejected and not evaluated
  • Prepare in advance and feel free to use supporting materials for your presentation and read your notes slides etc.
  • Use We Tranfer to send both your video and the Coursera’s email of confirmation to

What if your project is not selected?

The workshop will be open to all and we will give you the possibility to join online and work distantly with your colleagues.

What does the Travel Grant cover?

The GHF travel grant cover one or all of the following;

  • Visa costs for Switzerland
  • Return Economy airfare
  • Accommodation in Geneva for the duration of the conference

What does the Travel Grant NOT cover?

The Travel Grant does not cover:

  • Per diems
  • Terminal costs (taxi, airport, etc.)
  • Excess luggage costs

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Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface – University of Geneva | Coursera – Free Online Course

About this course:

The University of Geneva, Institute Pasteur, University of Montreal and Centre Virchow-Villermé/University Paris Descartes welcome you to this new MOOC on “Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface”! Over the next 5 weeks, you will explore and learn about some of the major and current Global Health Challenges at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface: zoonotic emerging infections (e.g. Ebola, Nipah, MERS, Avian Influenza), antimicrobial resistance, neglected tropical diseases (e.g. rabies, leishmaniasis, zoonotic TB), snakebite and other human-animal conflicts etc.

You will learn new concepts from the field of epidemiology, social anthropology, disease ecology, veterinary sciences, global health policy etc. and approaches such as One Health, Eco-Health and Planetary Health. Also, you will learn about innovative tools and frameworks used to study and tackle some of these Global Health challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals era. This MOOC proposes you a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary programme based on the One Heath approach (human-animal-environmental dimensions) and involving more than 30 top experts from more than 20 academic and research institutions and international organisations based in Geneva, Paris, Montreal and the world.

Policy makers from the World Health Organisation, clinicians from the University Hospitals of Geneva, epidemiologists from Institut Pasteur etc. will share with you their knowledge and experiences all along this MOOC. Video-lectures have been filmed in different parts of the world and settings (from the field to the lab and office) and will be combined with the latest open readings and interactive activities in the discussion forum, video-conferences etc.

But that is not all! This MOOC will also give you the opportunity to join us in Geneva and develop your project idea during a workshop in July 2017, for free! This MOOC will keep evolving and enriching actively over time and a whole section on health promotion at the human-animal-ecosystem interface will be added in autumn 2017.

The development of this MOOC was led by Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castañeda, Dr. Isabelle Bolon and Prof. Antoine Flahault from the Institute of Global Health of the University of Geneva. The list of instructors is completed by Prof. Arnaud Fontanet (Institut Pasteur) and Prof. André Ravel (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal).

Watch our teaser here and let’s get started!   (with subtitles in French and in Chinese) Interface – University of Geneva | Coursera

Find out more at THIS LINK

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Unreal Veterinary Careers! An interview with Dr Andrea Britton of Ultimate Efficacy Consulting

Intro by Emma – I am so excited about this one!

I met this fabulous person at the Australian Vets in Public Health dinner at AVA conference last year. We got chatting about interesting jobs and shared journeys (albeit working on the same issue at different stages) and all the inspiring ways that vets help out… When I asked for her name – Andrea told me and I am pretty sure I let slip – ‘Oh… wow… you are Andrea Britton…!’ in unmasked awe! Oops… hmmm… (not so smooth!)

So it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Andrea today – and for her to give you a glimpse at some of the fabulous work that she has done and is still undertaking – and to highlight some of the great ways vets can make this world a better place….

Welcome Andrea… May I ask… What are you working on/towards at the moment?

Andrea (A): At the moment I’m working on helping deliver the Sustainable Development Goals relating to health and poverty. I am fortunate to have developed collaborative relationships with groups in Asia and am assisting them as a veterinary public health epidemiologist to eliminate dog-mediated human rabies by 2030.

I am also assisting World Health Organisation (WHO) in ensuring effective and safe snake antivenoms for people in Sub Saharan Africa where over 100,000 people die annually from snake envenomation. With my equine veterinary and regulatory science background I am ideally positioned to provide expert advice on improving antivenom production in horses whilst also improving the welfare of the animals involved.

As a One Health advocate I am active in promoting One Health programs within Australia. My rural upbringing on a sheep/beef cattle property in central NSW and working in mixed rural veterinary practise provided first-hand experience on the needs of rural and indigenous Australians. I am keen to improve the health and wellbeing of rural and remote communities by assisting Non-Government Organisation’s (NGOs) like Vets Beyond Borders (Director on Board for 6 years) and AMRRIC (member).

Photo: Visiting CUPA (Compassion Unlimited Plus Action) animal birth control and anti-rabies clinic in Bangalore, India in October 2015 on route to Vets Beyond Borders program in Bylakuppe. Standing beside Dr Shiela Roa (Co-founder) and Mr John, Manager clinic.

What drives you?

A: I am a life-long learner with a passion to study and ensure evidence-based culturally appropriate methods are introduced into One Health programs. I am very driven on programs I am passionate about. Having a supportive family and husband has been essential to my energy and drive. Helping people and animals also provides my strong persistence to keep on going and looking for solutions, at times to my own detriment. People say I’m great at connecting people and maintaining associations. Over the past 29 years since graduating from The University of Sydney vet school, I have slowly realised to make a difference in my professional life I need to stay topped up spiritually through yoga and meditation.  Perhaps my biggest motivator is the wish to leave my children and others with a land and world that provides a healthy future for generations to come.

As an example of what drives me. When I was on the Board of Examiners of the AVBC (for 8 years) I counselled a Sudanese veterinarian who had tried for over 10 years to pass the National Veterinary Exam, this vet was trained in agricultural veterinary science and had little experience in small animals/equine and had no contacts to get experience. Through introductions to vets– he gained the necessary experience and confidence and has now been working in rural Victoria for many years – this is what drives me, helping other vets to succeed, providing small opportunities and support and being empathetic.

What have been the major transitions in your path?

A: Studying Agricultural Science at Sydney University (1983) and transferring to Veterinary Science (graduated 1988).

Working as a mixed practice veterinarian (Australia and UK) and then becoming an equine resident stud vet on the second biggest Thoroughbred stud in Australia and then equine vet at Canberra Veterinary Hospital.

Deciding to move to pharmaceutical industry in 1995 started work as Veterinary Services Manager at CSL Limited, working in R and D and regulatory affairs.

Studying for my ANZCVS membership in Epidemiology with 12 other diverse veterinarians (1997), this provided the knowledge to assess and inquire differently about problems on a population basis.

Setting up my own consultancy in 2002 called Ultimate Efficacy Consulting Pty Ltd, to have more flexibility in my professional and personal life (don’t think that actually happened with a baby and 3 year old and 2 nannies).

Working as an epidemiologist and expert witness during the equine influenza outbreak, which provided the motivation to study a Masters of Public Health majoring in epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Population Health at Melbourne University.

Studying part of MPH in India at the Comprehensive Primary Health Project, Jamkhed, where I learnt about taking time to develop trust with people in projects and meeting communities felt needs before addressing project objectives.

Consulting globally for WHO and other organisations using a One Health approach.

What has been a major highlight of your career?

A: A couple have been:

  • Helping to conduct trials and writing the registration package for Gudair an Ovine Johnes vaccine for sheep and goats providing farmers like my dad with a control option for this regulated disease, where back in the 1990 many farmers destocked their farms to control this challenging disease.
  • Being the only invited Australian to attend the WHO and OIE in collaboration with FAO and GARC, Global Rabies Conference in Geneva last December where 300 world leaders developed a framework to eliminate dog-mediated human rabies by 2030.
  • Writing an epidemiology report on how Equine Influenza entered and exited the quarantine station in August 2007, which helped guide an inquiry into this disease incursion. This didn’t feel like a highlight at the time but on reflection it lead to me to studying epidemiology and global health within my MPH.

IMG_2908What advice would you provide a younger you?

A: RELAX, start yoga and meditation and practise mindfulness early in life.

Take each day as it comes and don’t rush. Learn to say “No”, this one I am still learning.

LISTEN to your gut-feeling/intuition as it is almost always right!! Trust yourself and surround yourself with positive, inspirational and empathetic people.

Keep believing in your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be or do something.

It’s OK to FAIL – this one took me half a century to learn. There is nothing wrong with failing this develops resilience and a growth mindset.

Emma: Thanks for your time today Andrea!