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September 2014

Alumni, Lorna Smith, Senior Health Improvement Manager, NHS Health Scotland is to be a guest speaker at the forthcoming Policy Knowledge Event, Tackling Obesity in Scotland on 9 October 2014 in Edinburgh.

Click here for further details.

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Key issues to be discussed at this event include:

  • Sharing best practice on tackling obesity
  • Encouraging healthier lifestyles
  • Promoting healthier choices and the importance of good nutrition
  • Breaking the link between health inequalities and obesity

April 2014

Cassie Ly (MSc International Health 2012) applied to the American Corps and was accepted to do a term of National Service.

She is currently in Denver for training and is soon on assignment with FEMA Corps, working with Emergency Management.

Cassie's team deals specifically with disaster survivor assistance.

It's so good to hear how our Alumni are carving their way in the world!

Thanks for keeping in touch Cassie!

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FEMA Corps in Action

FEMA Corps in action

January 2014

Oonagh O'Brien, IGHD Lecturer and Fatou Baldeh IGHD Alumni, invited to be witnesses at an Inquiry into FGM at the Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee on 30 January 2014.

Oonagh O'Brien, IIHD Lecturer

Oonagh O'Brien, IGHD Lecturer

Fatou Baldeh, IIHD Alumni

Fatima Beldeh gives evidence at FGM Inquiry at the Scottish Parliament

Equal Opportunities Committee Report

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November 2013

Fatou Baldeh (MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health)

IGHD Alumni, Fatou Baldeh recently spoke out on a BBC Scotland investigation which has revealed concerns that girls are being brought to Scotland from overseas to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). 

Fatou remembers being cut aged seven: "I remember I was screaming for my mum and my grandmother to help me but no-one did." 

Link to the programmePlease be aware the report contains descriptions that some people may find upsetting.

Fatou is now working at DARF – the Scottish campaign group aiming to raise awareness around FGM.

IGHD will be co-sponsoring a seminar by Fatou and Katie Moore (another Alumni) which DARF is organising on 5th December at Moray House at 6.00pm.

Click here for more information on the seminar

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September 2013

Alumni update from Silke Harting

(MSc International Health)

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Lady walks 1km 4-5 times a day to fetch more than 15 litres of safe drinking water in 3 pots

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We heard recently from Silke that she is working as a WASH/CBHFA delegate in the project area of Sindh, South Pakistan.

Together with the Swiss Red Cross and the Pakistan Red Crescent, they are implementing a relief project following terrible floods in the provence in 2011.

Part of the project entails the construction of 1,000 shelters, 700 latrines, safe drinking water and community based health and first aid.

Silke has provided some wonderful images from the project.

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Copyright S Harting



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June 2013

Emily Zinck wins prestigious scholarship

(MSc International Health 2010)

Emily Zinck's passion is to see a world where children are no longer pawns in adult armed conflicts. It is this passion, and an interest in researching possible solutions that has won her a Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Scholarship from Dalhousie University in Canada where she is a student in the Interdisciplinary PhD programme.

She is one of the first-ever recipients of the award, which amounts to $5,000 renewable for up two years.

Emily first acquired her passion for this topic while doing a master's degree in International Health at IGHD, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh where she studied the benefits of peace education on the well-being of children in post-conflict zones. This led to her present work, which will use participatory research to perform an evaluation of a rehabilitation program for children in a post-conflict area of Sierra Leone.


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Emily also hopes to continue doing research that bridges the gap between academia and community needs, noting that empowering children in post-conflict situations to be agents of positive change can be an essential step in rebuilding a damaged community.

"I don't do research for the sake of doing research, as much as I enjoy it. My research is an extension of my convictions and my desire to see change." Obviously I don't believe my dissertation will solve all the problems, but it's part of the solution, and this is a part I can play."

Scholarship recipient Emily Zinck (centre) with Shelly Whitman (executive director of the Initiative) and Lieutenant-General Dallaire. (Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative photo)

Scholarship recipient Emily Zinck (centre)

May 2013

The Malawi alumni event on the 7th May was a great success! In the grand Presidential Hotel in Lilongwe, 45 IGHD graduates, staff and stakeholders celebrated IIHD’s 20th anniversary and the alumni’s significant contribution to health and social development in Malawi.

An impressive number of 31 stakeholders, many of whom hold senior positions in the Malawi Ministry of Health, academic institutions and Malawian and international NGOs joined in discussions of current health and development issues in Malawi and future collaborations.

The main downside of the day was really just that there wasn’t enough time to catch up with everybody! This was also the first meeting of the Malawi IIHD Alumni association, and we look forward to hearing how the association develops.

IIHD Alumni, Dixon Jimmie-Gama, Rose Kumwenda-Ng'oma and Kibble Mgalauka

IGHD Alumni, Dixon Jimmie-Gama, Rose Kumwenda-Ng'oma and Kibble Mgalauka

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For a visual record of the day:

Malawi IGHD Alumni Event



Keep in touch with the Malawi IIHD Facebook page



Malawi IIHD Alumni Event May13

Alumni and Stakeholders at the Malawi IGHD Alumni Celebrations - May 3013


May 2013

Martina Möllers (MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health 2012) sent us a note to say she has just taken on a post as Maternal and Child Health coordinator for World Vision International in Papua New Guinea (PNG).  PNG has the highest maternal mortality in the Pacific region – with a major barrier to safe births being the lack of midwives—PNG has just 152 practicing midwives for approximately 220,000 births a year. 

We wish Martina the best of luck on her entry into this very challenging area of work.


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Martina Mollers, IIHD Alumnus

Martina on Graduation Day 2012 with Bregje de Kok, Lecturer at IGHD

April 2013

Silke Harting - HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator, South Sudan

Alumni, Silke Harting talks about the skills she acquired from her MSc in International Health at IGHD in the March edition of QMYou Magazine.

The magazine is produced for Alumni & Friends of Queen Margaret University.

To read the piece where Silke talks about her current role as an HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator in South Sudan and her thoughts on the IIHD programme, click here and scroll to the "Where are you Now?" - page 27.

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March 2013

Are you an IGHD alumni from Malawi?

IGHD is organizing an alumni event at the President Hotel, Bingu International Conference Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi on Tuesday 7 May 2013.

We will have an afternoon of presentations, networking, and an alumni association meeting. Cocktails and refreshments will be served.

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Please make sure we have your contact details so we can send you an invitation!


IGHD Alumni Facebook

Press Release

Read more on our What's On page....

June 2012

Emily Zinck

(MSc International Health 2010)

Volunteer Profile: Coming full circle



Emily Zinck during her visit in Kenya to study a peace club project

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Emily Zinck, former IIHD student

June 2012

Naoko Kurauchi (MSc International Health 2009)

Naoko reflects on life post-tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

I am currently working in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. I'm employed by the city as a public health nurse. We hold toddlers' health check ups, support mothers, keep in touch with people needing help in the community, but most of the time connect these people to the appropriate places. We're very close to the citizens- the only ones along with police who are allowed to visit people's houses without legal permission. 

I've only been working for month. Plenty to do, lots of hands on experience, so many things that I would not have known unless I came here. The only thing I can say for certain is that there is so much sadness/grief hidden everywhere in the area, it's so easy to live without stopping to think about it. But it's definitely there - Okawa Primary school - it's the school that lost 70 out of 100 of the students. There were lots of schools swept away but most of the students in Tohoku were safe- they knew how to evacuate.


There were many mistakes in the decisions made by the teachers at Okawa Primary that day of the tsunami, they could have made the kids climb the hill next to the school, then this wouldn't have happened. A mother came the other day to her 3year old child's health check-up. She lost her two older children who attended the school. A year on from the disaster, she goes back to the school everyday to search for her children. It's just unbelievable, how it swept away everyone's happiness. 

Many people are displaced. What amazes me is their will to go back to the land they grew up in and reconnect with their communities. They're proud to be from

Collaborations with Academic Institutions:

  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), University of Liverpool, UK
  • College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Sierra Leone
  • Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH), Uganda
  • Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI), Zimbabwe
  • Cambodia Development Resources Institute (CDRI), Cambodia
  • Colombia University, USA
  • Harvard University, USA
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Oxford University, UKThe University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Institute of Social Sciences, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Institute of Social Sciences, Atılım University, Ankara, Turkey
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of Leeds, UK

Collaborations with Organisations:

  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • HIV Scotland
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • Mercy Corps Scotland
  • Scotland-Malawi Partnership
  • WHO
  • Turkish-German Health Foundation, Giessen, Germany
  • Mediterranean Health Care Managers’ Association, Antalya, Turkey


  • TropEd
  • Erasmus Mundus
  • Development Studies Association
  • Scotland-Malawi Partnership
  • UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development
  • Global Health Workforce Alliance

and even makes me proud to be working with them. 

boat swept to land

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