The Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health (ACITH) is a teaching and research collaboration between The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Health Sciences (particularly the School of Population Health), and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).

ACITH aims to improve the health of populations in Australia and internationally through excellence in education, research and service by the provision of first-class coursework and research degree courses in international and tropical public health for Australian students, students from tropical developing countries and other students with a strong interest in these areas. Other objectives include the development of superior facilities for research and research training, to support international and Australian public health programs and the transfer of knowledge and technology to tropical developing countries, and to make special provision for the training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The maintenance and further development of strong collaborative links with an extensive number of national and international institutions is also a key objective.

ACITH Short Courses

ACITH Short Courses

The Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health (ACITH) runs short courses during the summer semester. Please find the link for the current flyers for the short courses to be run in Summer Semester.  PUBH7031

The Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health (ACITH) runs short courses during the summer semester. Please find the link for the current flyers for the short courses to be run in Summer Semester.

 PUBH7031 One Health short course run at the Herston Campus 25-29 November 2013.

PUBH7117 Health Aspects of Disasters short course run at the Herston Campus 2-6 December 2013

If you are interested in being kept up to date on 2013 short courses, please email us.

APMEN - Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network

APMEN - Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network

Working together towards the elimination of malaria in the Asia Pacific.

APMEN is bringing together countries in Asia and the Pacific who have identified malaria elimination as their strategic objective in the fight against malaria.

The Network is a world-first initiative that brings Asia Pacific countries, research institutions and global health organisations together to exchange knowledge, develop leadership and build the evidence base required to eliminate malaria. 

APMEN is particularly focusing on Pladmodium vivax, vector control, mobile populations and community participation. 

The Network, led and managed by the Network Country members, is supported by collaboration between the School, the Global Health Group (University of California, San Francisco), Menzies Centre for Health Research, WHO, AusAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

MEDIA RELEASE: MVRC and UNIMAS new partners.

MEDIA RELEASE: New Country Partner Cambodia.

MEDIA RELEASE: August 20th is World Mosquito Day and we welcome Vietnam as our 13th country partner.

Contact APMEN:

Address:

Room 305, Edith Cavell Building, 
School of Population Health,
University of Queensland
Herston Road,
Herston QLD 4006,
Australia

Phone: + 61 7 336 55446
Fax: + 61 7 336 55599
Email: apmen@sph.uq.edu.au
Link: apmen.org

Investment Case for Scaling Up Equitable Progress Towards MDGs 4 and 5

Investment Case for Scaling Up Equitable Progress Towards MDGs 4 and 5

Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 aim to improve maternal, newborn and child health.

The Investment Case for financing equitable progress towards the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 is a research-for-policy initiative jointly funded by AusAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, please visit www.uq.edu.au/investmentcase/ or contact Dr Eliana Jimenez.

Pacific Malaria Initiative Support Centre

Pacific Malaria Initiative Support Centre

Based at SPH, PacMISC is part of a $25 million AusAID commitment to intensified malaria control and progressive elimination in the South-West Pacific. Currently working in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, PacMISC is a collaboration with the Australi...

Based at SPH, PacMISC is part of a $25 million AusAID commitment to intensified malaria control and progressive elimination in the South-West Pacific. Currently working in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, PacMISC is a collaboration with the Australian Army Malaria Institute (AMI) and QIMR.

PacMISC aims to provide flexible, highly focused, demand-driven, locally appropriate and cost-effective program management, training and technical assistance to partner governments in order to achieve the overall goal and objectives of country National Malaria Plans whilst at the same time contributing to health systems strengthening and human resource development. It is designed to provide harmonised support of the two partner governments' programs with other partners such as WHO, The Global Fund, Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 

More information can be found at: www.pacmisc.net

Health Services in Severely Disrupted Environments

Health Services in Severely Disrupted Environments

This six country case study of severely disrupted environments – Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Palestine, Somalia – examines what happens in terms of health service provision where the state is unable or unwilling to provide. Funded since 2011 by the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, it brings together a team under the coordination of Dr Enrico Pavignani (Adjunct Lecturer SPH) and Associate Professor Peter Hill. Markus Michael, Maurizio Murru and Mark Beesley have brought their extensive field and research experience to the case studies, demonstrating that far from a vacuum, the space left vacant by the state is active with a range of providers, and services that are both irregular and unpredictable in terms of quality and access.

M. Michael, E. Pavignani, P. S. Hill. Too good to be true? An assessment of health system progress in Afhanistan, 2002-2012. Medicine, Conflict and Survival.

 

 

2013

New Articles in french:

Haiti Final

Somalie Final

Health Provision in the Central African Republic - Final

Dr Congo Final Report

Afghanistan Final Report

One new draft articles:

Health Provision in the Central African Republic latest draft

 

Links to 4 x Final  reports to do with the six country case study of severely disrupted environments:

Afghanistan

Haiti

Palestine

Somalia

Congo

Central African Report Final

The following reports are in French:

Afghanistan country report

Haiti Final

 

 

 

This six country case study of severely disrupted environments – Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Palestine, Somalia – examines what happens in terms of health service provision where the state is unable or unwilling to provide. Funded since 2011 by the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, it brings together a team under the coordination of Dr Enrico Pavignani (Adjunct Lecturer SPH) and Associate Professor Peter Hill. Markus Michael, Maurizio Murru and Mark Beesley have brought their extensive field and research experience to the case studies, demonstrating that far from a vacuum, the space left vacant by the state is active with a range of providers, and services that are both irregular and unpredictable in terms of quality and access.

 

Updated Palestinian report under the Palestine link.

Plus a new report - Beyond the Aid Horizon. Research report - findings of a multi-country research programme on Health Service delivery in  severely-disrupted contexts by Enrico Pavignani.

 

Annual report and recent publications

Annual report and recent publications

Read some of our most recent papers.

Here are a selection of recent ACITH publications. Hard copies of most publications can be found at the seating area of level 3, Edith Cavell Building, RBWH Complex, Herston.

PUBLICATIONS 2013

Seven publications by the MDGs group:

Abbey Byrne, Alison Morgan, Eliana Jimenez Soto and Zoe Dettrick. Context-specific, evidence based planning for scale-up of family planning services to increase progress to MDG 5: health systems research. Reproductive Health 2012, 9:27

Eliana Jimenez Soto et al. Developing and Costing Local Strategies to Improve Maternal and Child Health: The Investment Case Framework. PLOS Medicine. August 2012. 9;8; e1001282.

Anna E. Bauze et al. Equity and Geography: The Case of Child Mortality in Papua New Guinea. PLoS ONE. May 2012. 7;5; e37861.

Eliana Jimenez Soto, Zoe Dettrick, Sonja Firth, Abbey Byrne, Sophie La Vincente. Informing family planning research priorities: a perspective from the front line in Asia. Tropical Medicine and International Health. Volume 18:6, 674-677. June 2013

Aleli D. Kraft, Kim-Huong Nguyen, Eliana Jimenez Soto, Andrew Hodge. Stagnant Neonatal Mortality and Persistent Health Inequality in Middle-Income Countries: A Case Study of the Philippines. PLOS One. January 2013. 8;1; e53696.

Sophie La Vincente et al. Supporting local planning and budgeting for maternal, neonatal and child health in the Philippines. Health Research Policy and Systems 2013, 11:3.

Kim-Huong Nguyen, Eliana Jimenez-Soto, Alison Morgan, Chris Morgan, Andrew Hodge. How does progress towards the MDG 4 affect inequalities between different subpopulations? Evidence from Nepal. J. Epidemiol Community Health 2013;67:311-319. doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201503.

Peter S. Hill, Lieve Goeman, Rahmi Sofiarini and Maddi M. Djara. 'Desa SIAGA', the 'Alert Village': the evolution of an iconic brand in Indonesian public health strategies. Health Policy and Planning 2013;1-12. doi:10.1093/heapol/czt027 

ACITH Annual Report for 2012

C.E. Brolan, K. van Dooren, M. Taylor Gomez, L. Fitzgerald, R.S. Ware & N. G. Lennox (2013). Suranho healing: Filipino concepts of intellecutal disability and treament choices in Negros Occidenta. Disability & Society, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.771899.  Link to article http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2013.771899

Adnan Ali Khan Choudhury, James V. Conlan, Vanessa Nadine Racloz, Simon Andrew Reid, Stuart D. Blacksell, Stanley G. Fenwick, Andrew R.C. Thompson, Boualam Khamlome, Khamphouth Vongxay and Maxine Whittaker. The Economic Impact of Pig-Associated Parasitic Zoonosis in Northern Lao PDR. Eco Health.

Link to article http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10393-013-0821-y

Gorik Ooms, Claire Brolan et al. Universal health coverage anchored in the right to health. Bull World Health Organ 2013;91:2-2A.

Available at: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/91/1/12-115808

 

Bergquist R and Whittaker M. Control of neglected tropical diseases in Asia Pacific: implications for health information priorities. Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012, 1:3.

2011 ACITH annual report

  
 Wijesinghe R.S, Wickremasinghe A.R.  Physical, psychological and social aspects of quality of life in filarial lymphoedema patients in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health published online 2 February 2012 DOI: 10.1177/1010539511434140

Atkinson  J-A, Johnson, M-L, Wijesinghe R, Bobogare A, Losi L, O'Sullivan M, Yamaguchi Y, Kenilorea G, Vallely A, Cheng Q, Ebringer A, Bain L, Gray K,  Harris I, Whittaker M, Reid H, Clements A and Shanks D. Operational research to inform a sub-national surveillance intervention for malaria elimination in Solomon Islands. Malaria Journal 2012, 11:101 

 Razee H, Whittaker M, Jayasuriya R, Yap L, Brentnall L. Listening to the rural health workers in Papua New Guinea - The social factors that influence their motivation to work. Social Science and Medicine (2012), doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.04.013

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