European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health

20 September 2019

On 20th September 2019, B!RTH will be taking a key debate to the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH). We will be asking the question ‘Are health systems failing to meet the needs of women?’

The session will first start with a performance of Mῦmbi Kaigwa’s B!RTH play ‘Orchid’ which addresses the burden of Obstetric Fistula and tells the story of real women living with this terrible condition. The play raises many questions, including why can a preventable condition still affect millions of women world-wide today?

The performance will be followed by an expert panel discussion and audience debate about how health systems should reflect and respond to the needs of women, and will consider how maternal health can be improved to reduce the likelihood of developing morbidities such as fistula.

The session will be moderated by Fatima Manji, Channel 4 correspondent. The panel will include:

  • Charles Ameh, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Deputy Head of International Public Health, LSTM CMNH
  • Seth Cochran, Founder and CEO, Operation Fistula
  • Gillian Slinger, Senior Project Manager, FIGO
  • Sally Theobald, Chair in Social Science and International Public Health, LSTM

If you’re attending the ECTMIH – Join us – The B!RTH session will be hosted on Friday 20th September at 10.30 in room 1C.

If you can’t attend the conference – please post your questions to the panel by using the hashtag #BirthDebate and we will post a recording of the session online following the conference.