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Global Health - Current Stories in Global Health

Our Current Stories in Global Health online event series runs quarterly throughout the year and aims to simplify Global Health research, policy and practice.

Each session will demonstrate case studies of excellent Global Health interventions, bridging the gap between theory and practice.

We will showcase the world-class research that we are conducting at BSMS in more than 25 countries globally, and highlight the joys and challenges of working in Global Health.

This series is for people considering a career in Global Health, those already working in Global Health, or anyone interested in learning about the intersectional aspects of health, society and welfare through practical examples of research and intervention - and we welcome and encourage anyone considering the MSc in Global Health to attend.

You can see recordings of presentations from our previous events on this page >

Find out more about our MSc in Global Health >


Next event: Coming soon

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Session one: Stigma and Discrimination

At our first session in January, Global Health Lecturer Dr Diego Garcia Rodriguez, BSMS Global Health MSc alumna Bella Tomsett and BSMS PhD student Ursin Bayisenge each presented on their research, which focuses on topics related to stigma and discrimination in the UK, Rwanda and globally.

You can watch their presentations below.

Dr Diego Garcia Rodriguez presents the findings on research conducted by a BSMS team of researchers on the impact of medicine-taking among people living with HIV in Brighton & Hove resulting from the PEDAL Study.

Bella Tomsett discusses her research on stigma in relation to domestic violence and modern slavery.

Ursin Bayisenge presents his research about the lived experience of refugees in a camp where scabies is highly prevalent due to overcrowding.

Session two: Decolonising Global Health

At our second online session as part of our Current Stories in Global Health series, we were joined by an international group of academics to discuss decolonisation and global health. This session took a critical lens to decolonisation efforts, thinking about what global health institutions in the global south and global north are currently doing – and what they should be doing. Discussion points included what it is that we are decolonising, how decolonisation can lead to reparative justice and meaningful acknowledgement and whether decolonising global health is even possible at all given the colonial histories of global health.

You can watch the presentations from our academic event below.

Prof María Cristina Quevedo-Gómez asks: can we transform our current global and local reality?

Dr Shahzad Amjad Khan discusses epistemic injustice at our session on decolonising global health.

Dr Ricardo Twumasi, King’s College London, discusses a decolonised approach to student assessment in higher education in the UK.

Session three: Necropolitics and Migration

At our third session on 20 September 2023, we focused on themes of necropolitics and migration and the impact these have on health – both locally and globally. The ‘politics of life and death’ (necropolitics) is ever present in global health. Who decides who must live or die? Do governments and institutions prioritise certain populations at the detriment of others? Decisions that are not evidence-based can result in vulnerable populations being further marginalised and at the risk of death – whether physical, social or political. In this session, we explored how necropolitics has played a role in key global health issues around border enforcement, detention centres, unending asylum processes and, ultimately, the health of migrants.

For this session, recorded on 20 September, we were joined by BSMS' Dr Arianne Shahvisi, and external speakers Hyab Yohannes, Tesfalem Yemane and Mohammad Salaymeh. This was filmed as part of an academic event and views expressed by speakers are held by the individual, not the institution.

Watch Dr Arianne Shahvisi's talk: Letting die: the necropolitics of the hostile environment.

Watch Mohammad Salaymeh's talk: Access to health for Palestinians.

Watch Hyab Yohannes and Tesfalem Yemane's talk: The Refugee Condition as a Site of Necropolitics and Decolonial Possibilities.