In Track 1, conference delegates are invited to present and discuss their recent research on migration and/or climate related to health. We understand health in a holistic way, including mental and somatic, within a “health in all policies” framework. We hope to bring together researchers from various backgrounds and disciplines – including natural and social sciences, medicine, psychology, and law – for interdisciplinary discussions of key challenges. Research projects presenting evaluation of interventions to improve health for all are especially welcome.
Track 1 - Joint Keynote with tracks 6 & 7 - Day 1 (28 Sept) 15:00
Name: Peter Ventevogel, M.D., Ph.D.,
Institution: UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency
Speciality: Mental health in humanitarian settings
Title: Addressing the mental health of refugees in low- and middle-income settings
Ventevogel is a psychiatrist and a medical anthropologist. Since 2013 he is the Senior Mental Health Officer with UNHCR, the refugee agency of the United Nations. In this role he is responsible for technical guidance and support to the country operations of UNHCR worldwide. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of ‘Intervention, Journal for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas’ and worked with NGOs in Afghanistan, Burundi and the Netherlands. In 2016, he defended his doctoral dissertation ‘Borderlands of mental health: Explorations in medical anthropology, psychiatric epidemiology and health systems research in Afghanistan and Burundi’.
Track 1 - Day 2 (29 Sept) 10:00
Name: Sir Andrew Haines
Institution: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Speciality: Environmental Change and Public Health
Title: Climate action for health
Past Director of LSHTM, Haines is active at many levels in the effects of environmental change on health and the impact of policies to adapt to or mitigate these changes. Learn more from his LSHTM web page.
- is organised by the University of Bergen (UiB) on behalf of the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH)
- with enabling partners (Centre for International Health, UiB; Haukeland University Hospital; Global Health Norway, the Norwegian Research School of Global Health; and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH))
- and sponsors (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH); the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP); and Merck)
- and supported by the Research Council of Norway.
- The abstracts will be presented in a special issue of the Journal of Tropical Medicine & International Health (TMIH).