Malaria and the African Diaspora
Ben Page hosts meeting with medical specialists
At the end of September, Dr Ben Page organised and hosted a public engagement event in UCL Geography funded by a UCL Beacon Bursary for public engagement on the theme of Malaria and the African Diaspora.
The event (which was jointly convened with Cameroon Forum and The African Foundation for Development) attracted more than 50 participants with ties to Cameroon, Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and the DR Congo. It brought together members of the African diaspora with specialists in Malaria from the UCL Hospital for Tropical Diseases and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The day addressed three questions:
- How can members of the diaspora protect themselves and their family from malaria when they travel to Africa?
- How could the NHS improve its malaria services for members of the African diaspora?
- How can members of the diaspora contribute to international efforts to reduce the impact of malaria on Africa?
Representatives also attended from the Common Ground Initiative at Comic Relief and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria
- African Foundation for Development: http://www.afford-uk.org/
- Cameroon Forum: http://www.cameroon-forum.org/
- The All-party Parliamentary Group on Malaria: http://www.appmg-malaria.org.uk/text.aspx?id=1
- Comic Relief: http://www.comicrelief.com/apply-for-a-grant/programmes/common-ground-initiative
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Malaria Centre: http://malaria.lshtm.ac.uk/
- UCL Public Engagement Unit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/public-engagement/