Our annual conference ‘Evidence, Effectiveness and Impact’ looks at how health partnerships are changing the face of development.

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THET’s annual conference, in association with Johnson & Johnson, takes place on 20-21 October and is an opportunity to discuss new ideas, share experiences, and meet people who work every day to offer new solutions to old problems and change the face of development. Every year, the conference attracts the brightest thinkers in global health, bringing together the public and private sector, NGOs and civil society organisations from the global north and south.




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This booklet contains 40 abstracts that will be presented by their authors during a series of thematic workshops at the conference. The abstracts feature recent research and evaluations into health partnership work to improve health service delivery and health systems management and explore the benefits and challenges of health partnership models. 


Hon Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu

State Minister for Health - Primary Health Care, Uganda

Dr Jim Campbell

       Director of the Health Workforce Department, WHO

Dame Tina Lavender

Professor of Midwifery, University of Manchester & Director of the Centre for Global Women's Health

Prof Judith Ellis

Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Dr David Musoke 

Lecturer, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda

Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis

Health Psychologist & Senior Lecturer in assessment & psychometrics at Manchester Medical School

Dr Paula Baraitser

Academic Lead Global Health MSc, King's College, London

  Neil Pakenham-Walsh   

Coordinator of the HIFA campaign  & current chair of the Dgroups Found  

Ben Simms    

Chief Executive of THET

Dr Barbara Stilwell

Senior Director of Health Workforce Solutions, IntraHealth International 


Prof Sir Andy Haines

Professor of Public Health & Primary Care LSHTM

Bruce Compton

Senior Director, International Outreach, Catholic Health Association of United States


             Prof Irene Leigh

Prof of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of Dundee

Dr Lawrence Loh

Associate Medical Officer, Health for Peel Public Health

Prof Simon Taylor-Robinson

Prof of Translational Medicine, Imperial College London

Frances Day-Stirk

President of the International Confederation of Midwives

Amanda Puckett BenDor

Co-Chair Global Digital Health Network 


What is the conference about?

The conference will focus on the theme ‘Evidence, Effectiveness and Impact’ debating how health partnerships are changing the face of development and the role that they play in response to the challenges set by the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We are entering an era in which traditional approaches to overseas aid are giving way to new forms of mutual benefits and co-learning. Health partnerships move the focus from the old paternalistic model of development to more patient centred solutions that are mutually developed with knowledge flowing both ways.

Speakers on both days will explore how the UK can best respond to the challenges thrown down by the SDGs, and in particular how health partnerships can deliver the transformative change required.

This year’s conference occurs at a critical moment in the history of the health partnership movement. By October, DFID will have completed its evaluation of the 2011-2016 health partnership approach and will be considering what future shape their support for this kind of work will look like. This is why we are placing such a great emphasis on evidence.

THET is also providing a platform for delegates to present health partnership achievements and research to date, in the form of oral presentations and poster displays. This is an opportunity for individuals and groups to showcase their work to a large audience of global health professionals, engage with other researchers, and make useful connections for future collaboration.  



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