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Cardiff for Africa conference set to improve global health

19 March 2008

Leading academics from across the world will be coming together at Cardiff University later this month for a unique global health event.

The one-day conference on Monday 31 March 2008 is a key highlight in the University’s 125th year and will focus on the work of Cardiff University and its partners in Africa.

Bringing together speakers from Wales and Africa it will provide an opportunity to discuss new ideas and to plan for future work on a local level which will have global implications.

Key note speakers include Professor Les Borysiewicz, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, Professor Eldryd Parry OBE, Founder and Trustee of Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET) and Dr Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer. The Guest speaker is Dr Yifru Berhan, Dr Yifru Berhan, Dean of Medical Faculty, Hwassa College of Health Sciences, Ethiopia. It also includes a number of academic experts in tropical medicine, dentistry and engineering.

Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Jane Davidson AM will connect the event to the Welsh Assembly Government initiative, Wales for Africa. She said:

"Cardiff for Africa dovetails with the Assembly Government’s Wales for Africa programme. It is great to see Cardiff University playing an active role in supporting international development in sub-Saharan Africa. By sharing knowledge and bringing people together, the University is helping to support some of the world’s most economically poor people. It is a good example of the excellent efforts taking place across Wales in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals to halve global poverty by 2015."

Les Rees, Director of Regional Liaison, Cardiff University said: "Global health forms an important theme for the University's 125th anniversary year and the conference presents an opportunity to reflect upon our current contributions to the national mission to improve global health and to plan for future work.

"Cardiff for Africa will highlight the challenges facing Africa in the 21st Century and will focus on opportunities for knowledge-transfer whilst suggesting ways in which universities in Britain can contribute their knowledge to the benefit of African society.

The Cardiff for Africa conference follows the recent success of Cardiff University’s 125th Anniversary ‘Cardiff sings Classics’ concert in aid of Mothers of Africa.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge and open to members of the public staff and students and is being held in the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre - Julian Hodge Building- Cardiff Business School. For more information contact Joanne Murphy on email: or telephone: 02920 879 271.


Notes to Editors:

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883.

Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

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Further Information:

Lowri Jones

Public Relations and Communications

Cardiff University

T: 02920 870 995