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The weekend saw Soapbox attend the Students for Global Health (SfGH) national conference “Drugs: Our Daily Med”. As we reported last week, SfGH is a national student-led network and charity focusing on global and local health issues and inequalities.

Students from 18 universities across the UK and beyond attended the conference and with a varied programme and fantastic speakers, the conference was a huge success!

We had a full house on Saturday for the Soapbox workshop “Where there is no water” where we discussed the contexts in which we work and the importance of having an understanding of these complex environments in order to improve quality of care. The session provided an excellent opportunity for students to hear first-hand about the barriers and facilitators to working in low-income health facility settings and the importance of needs assessments to inform quality improvement.

Above:  Iyabo presents her Water@Birth Study at the Soapbox workshop

Prof Graham then kicked off the plenary session on Sunday morning with her talk “Too much, too late, too little, too soon”. The talk discussed inequalities across and within high- and low- income countries and the push for women to deliver in health facilities that do not have the capacity to provide quality care. Complementing Prof Graham’s talk was a presentation from Prof Ian Gould focusing on antimicrobial resistance. Diarmaid McDonald then concluded the plenary with a fascinating discussion on unfairly priced medicines in the UK and advocating full transparency of the pharmaceutical industry.

It was an absolute pleasure to be part of such a great event and we would like to say a big congratulations to SfGH Aberdeen for all their hard work in pulling it all together and making it such a successful and enjoyable weekend.