SMP Health Links Forum

Our SMP Health Links Forum took place on Monday September 12th at Edinburgh City Chambers

Our SMP Health Links Forum took place on Monday September 12th at Edinburgh City Chambers. It was a fantastic networking event with a record number of attendees and engaging discussion.

Please click for a link to the Agenda and Minutes and read below for a short summery. Detailed presentations are available on request.


The event included:

1) A talk on mobile health (mHealth) from Lesley-Anne Long, who joined us online from Washington. Lesley-Anne spoke about the work of mPowering Frontline Health Workers, whose aim is ending preventable maternal and child deaths. mPowering offers online training materials for health workers which are free to download and mobile-ready. mPowering resources can be downloaded onto a mobile device, in a range of languages, and accessed without connectivity.

Lesley encouraged SMP members to make use of this fantastic resource and to publicise it far and wide.Find out more about their work here:

2) An update on the Scottish Global Health Collaborative: This new initiative will provide coordination and support for global health work across Scotland, as well as linking with global health work across the UK and internationally. Currently a mapping exercise is underway to map global health work all over Scotland.

If you are involved in a health-related link with Malawi please either complete if you work in NHSScotland or academia, or if work within an NGOs or another organisation

Please do take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey and contribute to the global health mapping:

3) Sharing and learning from 4 projects, funded by the Scottish Government Malawi Development Programme:

- The Edinburgh Malawi Breast Cancer Project, NHS Scotland Lothian: The project aims to achieve and demonstrate improvement in breast cancer treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre through development of multi-disciplinary care and enhanced pathology.

- Triage and treatment, training and engagement. A package for sustainable healthcare improvement in Malawi’s primary health clinics, Meningitis Research Foundation: The project will deliver a proven health package for early recognition, treatment and appropriate referral of severely ill children in community health centres, acceptable and ready for implementation across Malawi.

- Impact on Malaria, Maternal Health and the Prognosis for AIDS by Quality Assurance, Knowledge exchange and Training (IMMPAQKT), University of Strathclyde: The objective of this project is to improve the health of the people of Malawi in the three key areas of malaria, maternal health and AIDs; by developing a programme for the quality assurance of traditional herbal medicines and by increasing the knowledge of the conventional medical profession in traditional medicine.

- Healthy Settings work in Chikhwawa, under the Scotland Chikhwawa Health Initiative, University of Strathclyde: Improved health status can be addressed through the Healthy Settings approach. Healthy Settings not only addresses access to curative health services, but also environmental, sociological and economic determinants for health in the home, school and work environments using a community led approach. Check out their new video here:

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