The annual Wales for Africa Health Conference took place in Cardiff on the 18th October 2018. Held at the Temple of Peace and Health, it was jointly sponsored by the Wales for Africa Health Links Network, Hub Cymru Africa and Public Health Wales (IHCC).
This year’s theme was Global Citizenship and Health and attendees had the opportunity to hear from a range of Welsh and international speakers on how international health engagement could contribute to a more globally responsible Wales. Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales, opened the conference by sharing some of his own experiences of working internationally and the opportunities afforded by the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.
Throughout the day, attendees discussed relevant topics including what it means to be a global citizen in the health sector and how to empower nurses and midwives to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st century health challenges. Dr Gill Richardson from Public Health Wales gave a keynote outlining how the IHCC and the Charter for International Health Partnerships were helping to embed international health work across the NHS – providing clear benefits for both staff and the service. Attendees also heard from Dr Charles Msiska, Director of Health for Central Province in Zambia, and Dr Magdalene Itumbi from the Brecon Molo Link in Kenya, on creating mutually beneficial health partnerships between Wales and Africa.
The IHCC also organised a very popular break-out session where participants had the opportunity to discuss and contribute to the development of the first global citizenship training aimed specifically at health professionals.
For more information please visit the Hub Cymru website.