Dr Sascha Dov Bachmann, Associate Professor in International Law and Extraordinary Associate Professor in War Studies (Swedish Defence University) will speak to Members of Qatar Armed Forces and Qatar Embassy in London about Hybrid Warfare within the GCC context. He will be joined by Brig (rtd) Anthony Paphiti (UK) and Prof Hakan Gunneriusson from the Swedish Defence University. The event will touch upon various fields of interest associated with Hybrid Warfare such as Lawfare, Information Operations and how particular vulnerabilities can be exploited. This activity is taking place as part of the wider project on Hybrid Warfare by Sascha Dov Bachmann in collaboration with colleagues from the UK, NATO, Sweden, South Africa and Qatar.
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The international journal Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (Elsevier publication) published the online first version of our latest maternity-care research paper on Nepal . This paper is part of the successfully completed PhD research project of Malin Bogren (first author). The paper uses a qualitative approach based on the framework of Complex Adaptive Systems. Malin conducted semi-structured interviews with 17 key people representing eight different organisations (actors) promoting the development of the midwifery profession in Nepal. The move of midwifery from an occupation to a profession in Nepal is a challenging process. The study indicates the importance of understanding the motivations of, and barriers perceived by, actors that can promote or obstruct the establishment of the midwifery profession. It also points to the importance of informing the wider public about the role and responsibility of an autonomous midwifery profession.
The paper adds to our previous work around midwifery in Nepal [2-3].
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
- Bogren, M.U., Berg, M., Edgren, L., van Teijlingen, E., Wigert, H. (forthcoming) Shaping the midwifery profession in Nepal – Uncovering actors’ connections using a Complex Adaptive Systems framework. published online: October 4, 2016
- Bogren M, van Teijlingen E., Berg M. (2013) Where midwives are not yet recognized: A feasibility study of professional midwives in Nepal, Midwifery 29(10): 1103-1109.
- Bogren, M.U., Bajracharya, K., Berg, M., Erlandsson, K., Ireland, J., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E. (2013) Nepal needs midwifery, Journal of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (JMMIHS) 1(2): 41-44.
I was very honoured to represent BUDI as the sole invitee from a UK HEI to attend the inaugural Dementia Forum X (for Executive) in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday 18th May. In all, 100 guests from 17 countries were in attendance and the event was hosted by HM Queen Silvia of Sweden.
Dementia Forum X has been set up to bring together leading lights in dementia at the request of Silviahemmet.
Silviahemmet (Silvia’s house) was established by Queen Silvia in 1996 after her own mother was diagnosed with dementia and the queen became aware of deficiencies in the health and social care systems when care was needed by people with dementia. Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, (Silvia’s House Foundation) has become a centre of excellence for dementia education and care.
The purpose of Dementia Forum X is to raise awareness of and understanding about dementia as well as to make a difference both globally and locally. The initiative was organised by the Swedish Forum for Elderly Care in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet, the Swedish Dementia Centre, FORTE (the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare) and was administered by Swedish Care International under the watchful eye of Karin Lind- Mörnesten, its CEO.
Dementia Forum X strives for a broader collaboration between executives from all parts of the global community. This event was described as a day of reflection and discussion between a hundred of the world’s leading business executives, policy-makers and other stakeholders. The participants were selected from five identified key sectors; finance, business, society, care and research. By teaming up with the leading expertise from different parts of the global society, Dementia Forum X has the capacity to create a joint understanding of the global effects of dementia. Furthermore, Dementia Forum X will be an accelerator for creativity, new initiatives and sustainable actions towards a better tomorrow.
The Forum was held at the Elite Marina Tower Hotel, Stockholm, across the water from the main city. With a minimum of protocol that would surprise most UK residents, the Queen and Crown Princess Victoria attended the morning session. During the afternoon there were a number of breakout sessions reflecting various themes; Business, Care, Finance, Research and Society. It was notable that the Queen moved around the building to attend each session and to offer her thoughts when sought.
So much for royal watching! The content of the day was based on the notion of ‘inspirational speeches’. This made a refreshing change from the usual round of lectures or ‘death by PowerPoint’ that often constitutes conference proceedings. Instead of a formal address, speakers were invited to begin discussions related to a variety of topics. This approach really worked well because of the excellence of the facilitator Nisha Pillai, formerly of BBC World Service.
Proceedings were initiated with the first speaker Åsa Regner, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, who set the tone by placing a strong emphasis on social care and on the rights of the individual. Fellow speakers included Ann-Charlotte Stjerna (Skandia), Professor Bengt Winblad (Karolinska Institutet), John Crawford (IBM) Sarah Lock (AARP), Dr Franz Graf von Harnoncourt (Order of Malta) Professor Niclas Adler (Babson College). Full details can be obtained from me by request.
The event was followed by a boat trip to Drottningholm, The Royal Palace, where participants witnessed the graduation of the first medical doctors to receive their Masters in Dementia award, presented on the stage of the Drottningholms Slottsteater (Palace Theatre), by HM Queen Silvia.
At the conclusion of the ceremony we were entertained by mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant.
These are the personal memories that I take with me, but reflections from the breakaway groups included:
- Dementia is still not widely understood by society, and we in the UK have made good progress in raising it onto the political and social agenda in comparison with some other countries.
- Improve cross-functional collaboration between academia, industry, healthcare, and people living with dementia as well as the general population in order to optimize the generation of new knowledge.
- Increase societal and corporate awareness regarding our shared responsibilities.
- Continue to focus on and develop person centred care globally, whilst learning from best practices.
- Take the opportunities to exchange ideas and create companionships between different sectors.
- Jointly create concrete examples that show the financial benefits, business opportunities and social benefits for corporations.
And perhaps the most exciting aspect for BUDI is the way that all of these points which emerged from the meeting are reflected in the content of our new online MSc Applied Dementia Studies which will launch in September 2015.
Last night (March 16th 2015) Bournemouth University Professor Edwin van Teijlingen attended a reception and panel discussion on Midwives as agents for change organised in London by the Ambassador of Sweden Ms. Nicola Clase. Earlier this year the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched midwives4all, which an initiative to spread the knowledge about the benefits of evidence-based midwifery, working closely with contributors to The Lancet’s series on midwifery.1
With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) coming to an end in 2015, it is clear that despite great improvements many countries have not reached two key targets: MDG4 to ‘reduce child mortality’ and MDG 5 to ‘improve maternal health’.2 Too many women today still die in childbirth, most of these deaths occur in low-income countries and most of these deaths are avoidable. In 2013 alone, 289 000 women died from childbirth complications. Nearly 3 million newborns die in the first month of life and 2.6 million newborns are stillborn each year.
The aim of midwives4all is to use a coordinated and innovative communication approach to highlight the need to implement universal practice of midwifery globally in order to improve maternal health and empower women. Midwives4all highlights that only 22 per cent of countries have potentially enough midwives to provide life-saving interventions to meet the needs of women and newborns, which leaves most countries with severe shortages of proper maternity care. The vast majority of women and children lose their lives due to complications and illnesses that could have been prevented. Scaling up the midwifery workforce could prevent about two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, saving millions of lives every year.
For some countries the first step is to ensure that midwifery is properly recognised in law. In Nepal, one of the country in which we conduct research, midwifery is not yet officially recognised as an independent profession.3 Together with the president of MIDSON and Swedish colleagues we have long argued that we urgently need to convince the Government of Nepal and other the relevant stakeholders that ‘Nepal needs midwifery’.4
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
- The Lancet Midwifery Series: http://www.thelancet.com/series/midwifery
- van Teijlingen, E., Hundley, V., Matthews, Z., Lewis, G., Graham, W.J., Campbell, J., ten Hoope-Bender, P., Sheppard, Z.A., Hulton, L. (2014) Millennium Development Goals: All good things must come to an end, so what next? Midwifery 30: 1-2.
- Bogren, M., van Teijlingen, E., Berg. M. (2013) Where midwives are not yet recognised: A feasibility study of professional midwives in Nepal, Midwifery 29(10): 1103-1109.
- Bogren, M.U., Bajracharya, K., Berg, M., Erlandsson, K., Ireland, J., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E. (2013) Nepal needs midwifery, Journal of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (JMMIHS) 1(2): 41-44. www.nepjol.info/index.php/JMMIHS/article/view/9907/8082
On 15th October, I presented at a three-day conference at Linkoping University in Sweden on Life with Dementia 2014: Relations. There were two strands to the conference: communication and citizenship and I predominantly attended the citizenship parallel sessions as this is where I am currently focused. The conference was attended by delegates from universities in Sweden, the UK, Norway, Japan, Canada and USA, all with an interest in working and campaigning to promote the rights and inclusion of people with dementia as equal citizens or partners in interaction. In the citizenship strand, there were presentations and key notes with questions and ideas on what citizenship and rights means in the context of people with dementia, with a particular challenge of what it means for people with more severe cognitive impairment. Throughout the conference, we heard, or spoke, about interdependence, human capabilities, opportunities rather than support, inclusive research methods, co-researching, parity of participation and transformative strategies to reduce social injustice. At the end of the conference, there was a separate meeting to work on capturing the enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring people with dementia remain equal citizens, so we formed the ‘citizenship and dementia international research network’, with a view to collaborating on writing, presenting at conferences, campaigning and working on research ideas. Anyone interested in hearing more, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweden’s academics should be rewarded for communicating their research and for research collaborations, VA, an interest organisation for researchers, suggested in a proposal to government. “Money is an important incentive. That’s why we want collaboration and communication to be taken into consideration when funding is allocated,” says Cissi Askwall, secretary-general of VA.