This November another edition of the “European Congress on Global Health” (ECTMIH 2023) takes place. This time in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This year’s theme is “planetary health” with a focus on “shaping the future of equitable and sustainable planetary health”. The LUMC is a proud partner of this event and recognizes the importance of the effect of climate change on health as one of the key challenges of this century.
With around 1600 participants from all over the world, this event is an important opportunity for academics, health workers, policy makers and decision makers to exchange views and discuss a wide range of topics such as planetary health and health systems, infectious diseases and neglected tropical diseases and mother- and child health.
Prof. Thomas van den Akker has been involved as track leader for the track on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, where LUMC Global fellows Sagni Girma and Mohammed Yuya will be chairing several sessions. For instance a session on ‘Ensuring mother and child health care in a protracted crisis: the experience of Afghanistan’, organized by KIT Royal Tropical Institute. Furthermore, LUMC department of gyneacology co-organizes a session on innovating cervical cancer screening in LMICs and vulnerable groups in Europe.
The Leiden University Center for Infectious Diseases (LU-CID) will provide ample content during interesting sessions on ‘Strongyloidiasis: challenges in endemic and non-endemic areas’, ‘The challenge of schistosomiasis treatment in young children and pregnant women – example of freeBILy’, ‘Digital optical devices – a new development in parasite diagnostics’ and ‘Advances of CAA detection for schistosomiasis diagnosis in non-endemic and endemic settings’.
LUMC Global lead Suze Kruisheer will co-chair a workshop with Dr. Abena Amoah, Lead HypoVax Global, on the creation of global health knowledge hubs, taking the example of a hub on vaccine hyperresponsiveness. Besides that she will co-host some sessions on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
By actively participating at this congress we hope to increase awareness, stimulate debate and catalyze the sustainable transition. After all a healthy planet is crucial for healthy populations.
You can still register for on-site or online participation.
Long have we awaited the moment that we could welcome international students at the LUMC again. Due to COVID, all student mobility was cancelled for over 1,5 years. And despite still having regulations in place, especially during the first semester of the academic year 2021-2022, it was refreshing to cautiously welcome international students again. We’re so pleased to see that the students who came to Leiden had a fun, meaningful and above all, educational experience. In a questionnaire, they’ve given us an insight into how they experienced student mobility during these strange times.
Twice a year, the Research Mobility Fellowships of the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) from the European Reference Networks (ERN) get awarded to prominent researchers or MDs to develop new skills and expertise in a European institution specialized in research on rare diseases.
On May 30th, international experts and politicians gathered in Leiden to discuss global health issues during the Global Impact in Health Symposium. Lively discussions were held on matters concerning equal worldwide access to vaccines and diversity within clinical research. New scientific insights were also shared, including on vaccine response differences between African and European populations. Missed the event? Check out the after movie and get in touch!