110th NVTG Conference
From tropical medicine to global health.
110th NVTG Conference - ‘from tropical medicine to global health’
Natasha Housseine, Hanna Brown Amoakoh and Annemiek van Eden presented their Julius Global Health research activities at the ‘From tropical medicine to global health’ symposium on 9th of June 2017 organized by the Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG). The symposium was a joint initiative of the NVTG, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Eijkman Medal Fund, Uniting Streams (US) and Tropical Doctors in Training (TROIE). Since it was the 110th anniversary of the NVTG the focus was on the journey of tropical medicine, international health and global health, from 1907 into the 21st century. The symposium was held in the beautiful building of the KIT in Amsterdam.
The day started with a historical overview of the 110 years development of tropical medicine in the Netherlands and beyond by Dr. Leo van Bergen followed by two parallel sessions of the eight NVTG working groups presenting the state of art in their specific domain.
In the afternoon Prof. Dr. Theo Vos, professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed how ‘big data’ can be used for medical practice and planning. Prof. Dr. Irene Agyepong, Public Health Physician for the Research and Development Division of the Ghana Health Service and former Prince Claus Chair holder at Utrecht University, looked into the concepts of Sub-Saharan African health systems and how these developed over time.
The Eijkman Foundation awarded Dr. Teun Bousema as an token of encouragement and appreciation for his work in the field of malaria epidemiology. Prof.dr. Martin P. Grobusch was awarded with a Eijkman medal for his work in the field of research and teaching in tropical medicine.
Julius Global Health research fellows presentations
PhD fellow and UMCU Global Health Scholarship holder Hanna Brown Amoakoh presented her research on the use of mHealth, a mobile phone-based tool to support frontline health worker in low resource setting decision-making. Hannah evaluates in a cluster randomized controlled trial in Ghana what effects this tool has on neonatal and maternal mortality. Her study shows that requested maternal and neonatal healthcare information differs between healthcare providers, facility levels, demographics and time of day.
PhD fellow and UMCU Global Health Scholarship holder Natasha Housseine presented her research on task-shifting of foetal heart rate monitoring during labour in low-resourse setting. Questionnaires and interviews at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar revealed the major obstacles that inhibit foetal heart rate monitoring, most of which are health care system related.
Final-year medical student Annemiek van Eden presented her research on partograph use quality. She compared information recorded on partographs with observations at the labor ward of Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar and showed suboptimal recording. This demonstrates the necessity of training for daily practice and pre-study training and/or validation of the partographs when used for research purposes.