Prism Series on the Health of Women Globally

The Prism Series takes a topic and looks at it from different perspectives in order to develop a better understanding of the issues involved. The first in the series is on The Health of Women Globally. 


It has been made possible through a collaboration between Network, Universities in Wessex and other individuals.  It is mainly made up of online interview-style recorded events over 2023/24 that will explore the many and varied factors affecting women’s health across the globe. They will include research being carried out and examples of good practice carried out by people in Wessex. Release dates will be advertised through the Network's Newsletter. You can sign up to receive the newsletter through this website, where you can also access the recordings direct. 


The working group developing the programme is comprised of  


  • Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen (Bournemouth University)
  • Prof. Tamsin Bradley (University of Portsmouth)
  • Prof. Nuala McGrath (University of Southampton)
  • Dr Gaya Abeywickrama (Lecturer, University of Winchester)
  • Prof. Shanaya Rathod (Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust) 
  • Dr Maddy Taylor (Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust)
  • Dr John Acres (Wessex Global Health Network) 









Introduction : Dr John Acres (Wessex Global Health Network)


Demographic transition


  • The effect of demographic transition on women’s health (Dr Rachel Locke)


Maternal Health 


  • Maternal Mortality : Causes and evidence (Dr Sarah Neal, University of Southampton) 
  • Pregnancy and early adolescence - South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. (Dr Sarah Neal, University of Southampton)
  • Experience of a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology working in a low resource country - Tanzania. Dr Jonny Rust
  • A day in the life of a doctor in a small hospital in Zimbabwe (Dr Blessing Zamba) 
  • Access : Reducing delays in receiving care in rural areas – The Maternity Waiting Room, Uganda Lorraine Major, Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust)  
  • Access and Staff Attitudes : Experiences from Afghanistan (Dr Rachel Arnold, Bournemouth University)
  • Anaesthetics Training in Nepal (Dr Ollie Ross, University Hospital Southampton)
  • Inequalities and low birth weight (Dr Gaya Abeywickrama) 
  • Migration and asylum seekers (Speakers to be confirmed) 




  • HIV/AIDS : Patterns in sub-Saharan Africa and how to reduce the burden of disease (Prof. Nuala McGrath, University of Southampton)
  • Breast Cancer : Providing a service in a low/middle income country, Zimbabwe. (Dr Dick Rainsbury, Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust)
  • Cervical Cancer : (Speaker to be confirmed)
  • Mental Health (Prof. Shanaya Rathod, Southern Health)

    - Factors the affect the mental health of women 

    - Mental health in low income countries and what works 


Belief systems, cultures and their effects on women (Prof Tamsin Bradley, University of Portsmouth) 


  • Episode 1
  • Episode 2 


Synthesis - Bringing it all together 



For more information and enquiries, please e-mail John Acres on