Track 6. Nutrition, NCD’s, oral health

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Track 6 Programme

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Track 6: During this track, conference participants will present and discuss topics with relevance to nutrition, non-communicable diseases, oral health, and mental health with relevance for low- and middle-income countries. We will engage in multidisciplinary discussions and include joint challenges and interconnectedness between the topic areas. Basic clinical, qualitative, and quantitative research, implementation science and research with relevance for the lifespan is encouraged.

Responsible: Ingunn Engebretsen, Nancy Birungi, Eva Gerdts, Anne Hatløy, Hanne Rosendahl-Riise

Track 6 - Joint Keynote with track 7 - Day 1 (28 Sept) 11:00
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Name: Pia Britto
Institution: UNICEF Lao PDR
Speciality: developmental psychology and early childhood development

Date: 28.09.21
Time: 11:00-11:50

Title: Nurturing care
Link to talk (will appear after conference – access to participants only)

Short bio
Britto has extensive experience in international development and early childhood development policy and programmes. She has conducted research into research was understanding governance and finance of social sector systems that deliver services for young children and families in Lao PDR. Learn more from her UNICEF Lao PDR web page.

Twitter: @PiaBritto

Track 6 - Joint Keynote with tracks 1 & 7 - Day 1 (28 Sept) 15:00
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Name: Peter Ventevogel, M.D., Ph.D.,
Institution: UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency
Speciality: Mental health in humanitarian settings

Date: 28.09.21
Time: 15:00-15:50

Title: Addressing the mental health of refugees in low- and middle-income settings

Link to talk (will appear after conference – access to participants only)

Short bio

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’.

Twitter: @VentevogelPeter

Plenary with invited speakers - Day 2 (29 Sept.) 10:00 
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Name: Professor Richard Watt
Institution: University College London
Speciality: dental public health, social determinants of oral health inequalities and the development and evaluation of health improvement interventions

Date: 29.09.21
Time: 10:00-10:50

Title: Are we creating recommendations for real life?
Link to talk (will appear after conference – access to participants only)

Short bio
Watt says that oral health inequalities remain a significant public health problem in the UK. His research focuses upon exploring the social determinants of these inequalities and in developing and evaluating effective oral health improvement interventions. Learn more from his UCL web page.
Twitter: @UCL_DentalPH

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Name: Dr. Christiane Horwood
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Rural Health (CRH)
Speciality: maternal and child health, and nutrition, including infant feeding, skills development, community health and implementation research

Date: 29.09.21
Time: 10:00-10:50

Title: Are we creating recommendations for real life?
Link to talk (will appear after conference – access to participants only)

Short bio
Horwood has experience of working in several African countries including Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She has been the principal investigator for a number of large programme evaluations and randomized controlled trials (RCTs), including for newborn care, and breastfeeding support. Learn more from her UKZN web page.

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