Thursday, April 6, 2017

Union Conference News: last call for programme submissions and scholarship applications

Last call for programme submissions and scholarship applications

The deadline to submit abstract and session proposals to the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health is 10 April.  The 2017 conference will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, 11 to 14 October, focusing on the theme ‘Accelerating Toward Elimination’. 

We encourage submissions from scientists, clinicians, public health specialists, affected communities and other members of civil society. Union membership is not required.

Proposed sessions and abstracts must be related to lung health issues such as tuberculosis and TB co-morbidities, tobacco control, air pollution, COPD, pneumonia, civil society and community engagement, human rights and other topics.

Please read the guidelines for abstract and session submission, and then submit your proposal online.

Scholarship deadline 
The deadline to apply for speaker or affected community scholarships is also 10 April. For questions or further assistance, contact

Upcoming key dates:

Submissions for Encuentro until 2 May
Encuentro is the name of this year’s vibrant community space where advocates, civil society and local organisations will host events and exhibitions, encourage discussion and debate, and inspire activism and change.
The deadline for submission is 2 May. Please read the guidelines before you submit.

Early Registration until 3 May
Registration for the 2017 Union World Conference is now open. Individuals and groups that register by 3 May benefit from discounted early registration rates. Additional discounts are also offered to Union members, students and nurses.
Benefit from the discounted rate and register now.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

"Depression: let’s talk" says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health

News release 

Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.
The new estimates have been released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO’s year-long campaign “Depression: let’s talk”. The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help.
Said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan: “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves.”
One of the first steps is to address issues around prejudice and discrimination. “The continuing stigma associated with mental illness was the reason why we decided to name our campaign Depression: let’s talk,” said Dr Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. “For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery.”

Urgent need for increased investment

Increased investment is also needed. In many countries, there is no, or very little, support available for people with mental health disorders. Even in high-income countries, nearly 50% of people with depression do not get treatment. On average, just 3% of government health budgets is invested in mental health, varying from less than 1% in low-income countries to 5% in high-income countries.
Investment in mental health makes economic sense. Every US$ 1 invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of US$ 4 in better health and ability to work. Treatment usually involves either a talking therapy or antidepressant medication or a combination of the two. Both approaches can be provided by non-specialist health-workers, following a short course of training, and using WHO’s mhGAP Intervention Guide. More than 90 countries, of all income levels, have introduced or scaled-up programmes that provide treatment for depression and other mental disorders using this Intervention Guide.
Failure to act is costly. According to a WHO-led study, which calculated treatment costs and health outcomes in 36 low-, middle- and high-income countries for the 15 years from 2016-2030, low levels of recognition and access to care for depression and another common mental disorder, anxiety, result in a global economic loss of a trillion US dollars every year. The losses are incurred by households, employers and governments. Households lose out financially when people cannot work. Employers suffer when employees become less productive and are unable to work. Governments have to pay higher health and welfare expenditures.

Associated health risks

WHO has identified strong links between depression and other noncommunicable disorders and diseases. Depression increases the risk of substance use disorders and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease; the opposite is also true, meaning that people with these other conditions have a higher risk of depression.
Depression is also an important risk factor for suicide, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Said Dr Saxena: “A better understanding of depression and how it can be treated, while essential, is just the beginning. What needs to follow is sustained scale-up of mental health services accessible to everyone, even the most remote populations in the world.”
Depression is a common mental illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for 14 days or longer.
In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cure&Cancer Forum Call for Abstracts

The International AIDS Society (IAS) invites you to submit your latest research for consideration as an oral or poster presentation at the IAS HIV Cure & Cancer Forum, to be held 22-23 July 2017 at the Institut Curie in Paris, France. The deadline for abstract submission is 2 May 2017.
The IAS HIV Cure & Cancer Forum will explore the interface and similarities between HIV cure and cancer research, and seek to benefit from the synergies between these two disciplines to accelerate the pace of discovery in HIV cure research. The meeting will be co-chaired by Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Steven Deeks and Sharon Lewin.

Abstracts will be considered in the following areas:
  • Burden of disease
  • Epigenetics
  • Immunology and immunotherapy
  • Gene therapy
  • Interferon in HIV and cancer
  • Social and behavioural sciences
Please note that abstracts for the IAS HIV Cure & Cancer Forum are submitted separately from the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017). If you have an abstract related to HIV cure or remission research, we encourage you to submit to the main conference programme of IAS 2017. Late-breaker submissions for IAS 2017 will open from 24 April to 15 May 2017.
Please click here for more information on the Towards an HIV Cure initiative and please contact the team at for any additional information.
We encourage you to share this message through your networks.
The IAS Towards an HIV Cure Team

Thursday, March 16, 2017

DFC Competitive Grants Program: Improving Food and Nutrition Security in LMICs

Deadline: 1 April 2017
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID) are seeking proposals for its 2nd Drivers of Food Choice (DFC) Competitive Grants Program with an aim to improve food and nutrition security in LMIC.
The DFC competitive research grants aim to provide a deep understanding of the drivers of food choice among the poor in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Research Topics
  • Development of an understanding of factors that influence food choice among consumers in lower wealth quintiles in LMIC to inform policy and practice
  • Investigation of how changes to food environments and food systems influence food choice among consumers in LMIC settings.
  • Evaluation of the impact of agricultural policies and interventions (e.g., home gardening, aquaculture, livestock production, cash cropping, bio-fortification, agricultural subsidies, land use policies) on food choice behaviors of different household members, especially women and children.
Grant Information
  • The DFC Competitive Grants Program anticipates distributing a total of $2,152,500 in the second two-year funding round of the grants program.
  • Grant requests may not exceed $300,000 for the total duration of the project.
  • Grant requests should be for two-year projects.
  • Two-year projects will be awarded but the second year of funding will be contingent upon satisfactory progress by the recipient during the first year.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Grants can be awarded to any organization with a demonstrated interest and commitment to improving food and nutrition security in LMIC, including research organizations, non-government organizations, public (e.g., government) institutions, and private sector organizations.
  • All recipients must have prior experience conducting relevant nutrition, food systems, or agricultural research, and must demonstrate prior experience in efficient and effective fiscal management. In the case of partnerships, a lead organization should be identified that meets these criteria and can submit the concept memo as the prime applicant.
  • All applicants named in the proposal should be described by their roles and responsibilities, as well as the value added by their partnership.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must download the Concept memos template via given website.
Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic , Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro. Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
For more information, please visit DFC Competitive Grants Program.
From FundsforNGO

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) will work together with the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) in offering MPH by distance learning programme whereby OUT will provide teaching and learning facilities such as examination rooms and study centers, which are available in all regions of Tanzania. For more information about the course click here

Mwanza Research Methods Course

Highly experienced researchers from the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Mwanza Centre, Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will conduct this course. For more information click here

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

LHL International Newsletter Christmas 2016

Hello everyone,
LHL international has just released its Newsletter Christmas 2016 Issue. You can read it here

PASADA receives support from Dar Active Cyclists (DAC)

Today (20/12/2016) PASADA has received support from Dar es Salaam Active Cyclists.
This was given by the cyclists as their contribution to neediest in our community.
The support received included 14 children bicycles which were repaired and 10 new bicycles.
The bicycles were received by PASADA's Executive Director Mr. Simon Yohana who was very grateful for the support.
The bicycles will be used by PASADA children as part of play therapy and recreation while at PASADA clinics.
Dr. Daniel Magesa giving introductory remarks before the handing over of the bicycles

 Mr. Mathias Manyanya (2nd from left) from the Dar es Salaam Active Cyclists explaining something to PASADA's Executive Director, Mr. Simon Yohana

 Some of the children bicycles which were repaired and new ones donated by the Dar es Salaam Active Cyclists