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Annual Conference 2011

"Training: making it real, relevant, right and reciprocal."

The all day conference was on Thursday July 7th at the Cardiff School of Management, University of Wales Institute Cardiff.

The buzz of the day was palpable as more than 150 people gathered at the UWIC in Cardiff for our fifth conference.

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The presentations and workshops are available at the bottom of the page.

The mood this year was one of reflection, questioning areas such as Are we doing the right thing? and How effective are we?

The conference was opened by the Chair of the Network, Mr Biku Ghosh OBE, who gave us a stark reminder of the level of inequalities in partner countries, showing the importance of Health Partnerships.

He was followed by Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister and founder of the Welsh Government Wales for Africa International Sustainable Development Program. He captured the unique Welsh contribution to international health and development and encouraged the audience to continue in their efforts.

Sir Eldryd Parry, the founder of THET, outlined a key message, those involved in Health Links must closely examine and evaluate what they are doing and should never become complacent.  These themes were echoed in a lively ‘Question Time’ session, where 5 African-origin experts from health and development related fields led an open and honest debate regarding some challenging topics.

The support for International Development work, from Links participants and from the UK and Welsh government, has not diminished as we feared it might in times of financial constraints. In particular, we are grateful to the Welsh Government ‘Wales for Africa Program’ for funding the annual conference. Finally, the conference heard that Mr Biku Ghosh has been awarded the OBE in recognition for his long standing work with the Southern Ethiopia Gwent Link over the past 12 years. 

Annual Conference 2011: Presentations


Why mothers and babies die: introduction by Mr Biku Ghosh OBE.

Have Links contributed to capacity building through eduction? Sir Eldryd Parry. The full transcript of Sir Eldryd's talk is here.

What can UK health workers contribute to international development? Jenny Amery, DFID.

Health beyond our borders, Dr Tony Jewell CMO.

Delivering appropriate education and training: Rachel Lindoewood, Powys Molo Link.

THET Health Partnerships Scheme, Pia McCrae Chief Executive THET. The full transcript of Pia's talk is here.


MedicineAfrica : Nada Al Hadithy.

Trials and tribulations of monitoring and evaluation, Dr Kerry Bailey.

Ugandan Maternal Health Partnership Hub, Carol Porter and Cath Taylor a report of the workshop can be found here.

Training methods for Health Links:workshop report.


Conference Feedback Summary

Press release

Press Release

Annual Report 2011

Wales for Africa Annual Report 2011 (Welsh)

Wales for Africa Annual Report 2011 (English)

Last updated: 02/08/2013