Partner Profiles – Irish Global Health Network Conference 2022
University of Limerick
Located on the west coast of Ireland along the scenic River Shannon, The University of Limerick (UL) resides in a pristine natural environment combined with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. QS Stars’ independent assessors gave UL a prestigious 5-star ranking for its graduate employability, teaching, engagement, innovation and knowledge transfer, infrastructure, and internationalisation. One of UL’s primary focuses of excellence is in translation research, as it aims to accelerate the practical applications in academic research benefiting society as a whole. The University values and supports the output and achievement that academic research provides through the research community, while branching into all research areas. UL’s continuing excellence in research is highlighted through the persistent development of interdisciplinary research institutes, centres and units, and through collaboration with industrial and international academic partners.
UL’s Public Health MSc, an innovative program that seeks to move from traditional public health teachings into a more competency-based and applied program for the principles of public health, is a recent addition to their School of Medicine, and aids in UL’s ability to continually strive for academic excellence. Students in this program gain a multidisciplinary experience and a worldwide health network that is truly unparalleled. Currently, UL has three multidisciplinary institutes, , Bernal Institute, Lero – The Irish Software Research Centre and the Health Research Institute (HRI) together with a number of national externally-funded research centres.
GOAL is an international, non-governmental organisation (INGO), with a proud history spanning more than four decades of humanitarian response in some of the most challenging and difficult contexts around the world. Motivated by a deep commitment to support those affected by disaster, poverty and crisis, GOAL’s mission remains as clear today as when the organisation was first established in 1977. The realities of GOAL’s work have however changed and grown immeasurably in complexity and scale but the organisation’s vision – a world without poverty – drives us onwards. GOAL is especially committed to helping and guiding survivors of crises (driven by conflict, climate changes and COVID-19) to develop resilience and a greater control over their own lives and livelihoods in the longer term.
GOAL is currently operational in fifteen countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America & now Ukraine. GOAL collaborates with a wide variety of partners to achieve its humanitarian and development objectives. GOAL’s long-standing partnership with institutional funders prioritises the strengthening of a civil society. These partnerships are with the Irish, UK and US Governments, the EU and UN.
Lydia, 70, of Muthara Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPD) in Kenya attending MERU Inclusive Trachoma WASH-plus Project meeting, May 2022. Copyright: CBM/Hayduk
CBM Ireland – a member of CBM Global Disability Inclusion active both in development and humanitarian contexts, works alongside people with disabilities living in the world’s poorest places to fight poverty and exclusion, to transform lives and build inclusive communities.
We are driven by our Christian values and for an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.
We do this because people with disabilities living in poverty face stigma, violence and discrimination, and have reduced access to health care, rehabilitation, mobility devices, safe and accessible living environments, education and employment. In emergencies, people with disabilities are often the worst impacted and face a higher risk of being injured or losing their lives during a disaster. Climate change disproportionately impacts their life and livelihoods.
With over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create a society for all.
Oxfam Ireland is part of Oxfam International, a global confederation of 21 independent and interconnected affiliates working across 66 countries. Oxfam Ireland work collaboratively with our partners to support the work of those who challenge discrimination, exclusion and exploitation. Oxfam Ireland works to tackle poverty and injustice by mobilising the power of people to build a global movement to transform lives and create lasting change.
As part of the Oxfam confederation, Oxfam Ireland delivers specific programmes in Africa – in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe – while last year, we also responded to emergencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Supported by people across the island of Ireland for more than six decades, we are an independent, secular and not-for-profit organisation.
Saint John of God Foundation
Established in 1960, St. John of God Foundation has been dedicated to raising funds to enhance the quality of life for those living with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges. Not only do their acts of response take place in their community in Ireland, but also extend abroad. One of St. John of God’s missions is to provide practical support to those who need it by community based and person-centered approaches through fundraising activities. Currently, there are over 8,000 children, adults, and adolescents using their services. St. John of God’s services include a day service that provides a wide range of after-school activities for all ages, a residential service that supports individuals with a range of needs emphasizing person-centered medical care, and a respite service for children with life limiting conditions. These specialist clinics and community-based services are dedicated to providing specific and specialized healthcare services to children, adolescents, and adults. Another mission of St. John of God’s is to ensure the effectivity of their services, promoting progressive independence, and how their services empower their community and beyond. St. John of God’s highlights the imperative nature of caring for those struggling with mental health challenges, regardless of their stage of life.
Trinity Centre for Global Health
The Trinity Centre for Global Health (TCGH), established in 2004, is an interdisciplinary centre co-located across the Schools of Medicine and Psychology. TCGH’s mission is to promote the generation of impactful knowledge through high-quality, multidisciplinary research and teaching through their committed team comprised of interdisciplinary academic, adjunct, and administrative staff, research fellows, and postgraduate students. TCGH emphasizes their aim to contribute to a world in which the health and well-being for those at all ages is realised. Two overarching goals contribute to achieving this vision: (i) To conduct multidisciplinary, and collaborative research and (ii) To provide students with high-quality, multidisciplinary, post-graduate programmes that build their capacity to contribute to the delivery and promotion of equitable health systems in their countries of origin and globally. These visions provide support to every student to impact upon the international programme for sustainable development, 2030. Inspiring generations to meet the challenges of the future, TCGH emphasizes a collaborative approach towards achieving equitable access to safe and effective health services for all. TCGH further embodies Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin’s vision of a globally connected community of learning, research, and scholarship.
Maynooth University Department of International Development
International Development is concerned with the development of people all over the world.
The Maynooth University Department of International Development offers programmes at undergraduate level as a stream within arts (MH101), and through different postgraduate programmes. The programmes focus, on the relationship between the global North and Global South and the opportunities and challenges people face in a rapidly changing international context.
Capacity Development Services
In addition to our academic programmes, we provide capacity development services devoted to the professional development of personnel involved in the sector. These capacity development services are provided as support and the provision of short-term practical learning opportunities (KODE).
Vision and Mission
The vision of the Department of International Development is of a world of equality, respect and justice for all. Our mission is to promote critical thinking and action for justice, equality and the eradication of poverty in the world through facilitating the education and learning of individual practitioners and groups working for social, economic and political change in society.
Why International Development at Maynooth University?
We provide space for critical reflection, research and capacity building for grassroots development of people and communities. We bridge the divide between development practitioners in the Global North and South, between academic and civil society, between higher and further education, and between NGOs and the missionary sector.
Prepares learners to work in conflict resolution, negotiation, development and humanitarian related fields. This programme gives graduates the knowledge, skills and competencies to play an active leadership role in a variety of different peacebuilding, security and international development organisations and agencies.
It is designed for educators and others working with learners at all levels interested in global citizenship, development and human rights education, in anti-racism and intercultural education, as well as in education for sustainable development.
The Department offers other Postgraduate Diplomas also.
Women in Global Health Ireland
Coming together to support gender equality in global health leadership, Women in Global Health Ireland (WGHI) is a group that represents academia, private sector, and non-governmental organisations. Through creating a supportive environment that fosters gender equity in global health, WGHI seeks to advocate, educate, mentor, and network through Gender Transformative Leadership. Due to Ireland having such a strong presence in global health with the various international NGOs and undergraduate/postgraduate global health courses offered across the country, it is all the more essential that WGHI pushes to advocate for women’s representation and rights in the global health sector and beyond. In order to reach these goals, WGHI aims to connect, advocate, and strengthen their community. This is why WGHI unifies women working in various sectors of global health professions to focus on the issues common across their field. Women’s limited opportunities for advancement and positioning in the global healthcare industry inevitably impacts the health of everyone. In addition, WGHI Ireland acts as a resource centre for current information and opportunities.
Concern is an Ireland-based international humanitarian organisation that strives for a world free from poverty, fear, and oppression. Having more than 3,900 staff of 50 nationalities, Concern operates in 25 of the world’s most financially troubled countries, helping those to achieve substantial and long-lasting improvements in their lives. Concern’s interventions range from rapid emergency responses to innovate development programming, as it emphasizes reaching to a vast range of communities to ensure no-one is left behind.
There are six pillars of focus in Concern’s diversity of programmes including improving livelihoods, health and nutrition, education, emergencies, gender equality, and the climate/environment. With transparency and accountability at the forefront of their beliefs, Concern raises funds for impoverished communities through diverse groups of government agencies, private donors, and major trusts. Concern offers volunteer opportunities in Ireland and overseas. It takes a village to end poverty, and Concern goes to extensive lengths to make strides and substantial progress towards their mission.
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