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News: Global Health Case Challenge 2017 – Meet the Team! By Lynda Gilby, Ulla Laitinen, Giovanna Sanchez Nieminen, Mariette Hägglund, and Annariina Koivu

Photo: Jonne Renvall, University of Tampere

The University of Tampere is sending 5 students, across various disciplines, to compete in the Global Health Case Challenge is Copenhagen next month. The topic of the challenge is the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Migrant Women. A question related to this topic will be presented on arrival and teams will have 24 hours to come up with and present a solution to the panel. Each participant has a diverse background presenting an interdisciplinary approach to the challenge.

From the Master’s in Public and Global Health, Ulla has previously studied both Public Health Nursing and Midwifery. She worked for THL as a research nurse on large scale public health studies. One of those studies included the health implications of stress on pregnant women and how this can affect the child throughout their development. Lynda has a background working in large trauma centers and small rural hospitals in across New Zealand, England and Scotland. She has a strong interest in researching gender based violence and barriers to women’s full and equal participation in society. Currently undertaking her PhD, we have Kalpana, who is studying the reproductive health of migrant women. She has worked as a research assistant and been involved in multiple publications related to women’s health and has a strong academic background in public health.

From the Master’s in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research program, Giovanna Sanchez has experience researching human right’s issues at borders, and how we can reduce discrimination and protect human rights, especially those of migrants and vulnerable minorities. She participated in the Bill Clinton Hult Prize challenge on how to decrease human disease in urban slums. She is currently doing her thesis around the human factor of border control with the Bodega Project. From the same program we have Mariette, who interned with the Permanent Mission of Finland at the UN in Geneva, with a focus on human rights and global health. She has worked in Iraq with refugee women, learning about their experiences living under ISIS control and hearing their personal stories.

The winning team will meet with the UNFPA at their office in Copenhagen to pitch their solution, and with the EIT Health Accelerator program which can provide assistance and funding to get new programs off the ground.

– This opportunity stems from our collaboration within a partnership among Nordic universities, explains Dr. Annariina Koivu from Global Health and Development (GHD). The partnership for Global Health Case Challenges was a formed in 2017 with the aim of strengthening the field of global health education in the Nordic region by offering new ways of learning and teaching through using the innovative pedagogic approach of case challenges. Besides the University of Copenhagen, the host of the current as well as two successful case challenges, the partnership includes Karolinska Institutet, Lund and Uppsala University in Sweden, universities of Oslo and Bergen in Norway and the University of Tampere in Finland.

– We are excited, as this opportunity could be the first step in the path towards an exciting and rewarding career for the students.

Prof Anneli Milen (GHD) continues: This is a prime example of international collaboration that has the focus on action and activities. This is an excellent opportunity to compete on a serious, real world issue.

News: Public and global health students visit Finnish Red Cross logistics centre by Virpi Teinilä and Ella Näsi

Photos: Davaa Baasan

Finnish Red Cross logistics centre is situated in Tampere and it maintains domestic and international ability to help. Organizing international aid requires special knowledge and skills in the areas of material supply, logistics, procurement, technology and health care. Virpi Teinilä, who studies Public and Global Health at the University of Tampere, is one of the health care professionals working for the Finnish Red Cross. She invited her classmates to visit the logistics centre to hear how Red Cross responds to global health challenges and supports communities who face disasters.

Students of public and global health will be equipped with necessary expertise, skills and tools to work in complex emerging public and global health challenges. During their visit to the logistics centre, many examples from recent deployments were given on how this expertise will be needed in the case of natural disasters, conflicts, epidemics and migration. Understanding of health systems, health promotion, epidemiology and climate change are all knowledge areas that Red Cross requires from their international delegates, for example in the role of public health coordinator. The importance of cross sectoral knowledge and understanding global dynamics influencing health were also mentioned in the presentation.

The Finnish Red Cross logistics centre has a showroom with some parts of their field hospital on display. There are also posters with pictures from previous deployments. The PGH students felt that it was very useful to get a comprehensive tour through the logistic centre. Virpi Teinilä explained the principles that guide the co-operation of the different national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. She also provided her fellow students with concrete real-life stories from Haiti, Sierra Leone and other places where Finnish Red Cross has been providing material and professional help.

Finnish Red Cross is known for its strong health care professionals and its ability to send experts in many fields together with material, such as an emergency clinic or a hospital to provide health care to disaster affected communities. At the moment there is an emergency hospital opening in Bangladesh due to a migration crisis. This material and personnel were deployed from Finland together with Norwegian Red Cross. These real case examples will be discussed in the future PGH courses, such as migration and health and health care in disasters.