Saturday, March 5, 2016

Greece on the Frontline

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Greece, May 3 - 13


Of special interest to social scientists: The Center for Health Trends and Forecasts, funded by the National Institute on Aging and housed at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, has limited funds available to support the stronger understanding and use of Global Burden of Disease estimates by social scientists in their research. The Center encourages innovative research using the GBD estimates in combination with data from other social science disciplines to produce new findings on the trends, determinants, and impact of health, aging, and longevity. It has a particular interest in subnational analyses. It also aims to develop a strong international network of contributing researchers. If you are a social scientist who wishes to attend the Global Burden of Disease Technical Training and use the opportunity to explicitly explore future research collaborations, please specify so in your application.

Scholarship options: Individuals who seek funding in order to attend the GBD Technical Training Workshop may apply for one or more of the different scholarship options listed below. The scholarship options allow individuals to customize requests to meet their unique funding situations.
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  • Tuition and academic materials: up to $2,000 USD 
  • Accommodations and meals: up to $4,000 USD 
  • Travel: up to $2,000 USD 
Individuals who seek partial funding should apply for only one or two of the scholarship options. Partial funding would cover a portion of the cost to attend the workshop, with the remainder of the amount paid by the participant.

Individuals who seek full funding should apply for all three scholarship options. Full funding would cover the entire cost of the workshop including tuition, academic materials, accommodations, meals, and travel.

The likelihood of receiving a scholarship is higher for those seeking partial funding as opposed to full funding.

Please note that funding support for scholarships is limited. IHME is able to award only a small number of scholarships.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from across the globe. Priority will be given to individuals from developing countries (as defined by the GBD study). Only social scientists are eligible to receive funding from the Center for Health Trends and Forecasts.

Application instructions: Applications are due Friday, March 11, at 5:00 PM (PST). Successful applicants will be notified by March 16. Applications must be written in English, as English is the language of instruction at the GBD Technical Training Workshop.

Please submit the following application materials to gbdtraining@healthdata.org:
  • Application Cover Form
  • Resume/CV 
  • A statement of up to 500 words that describes your interest in the GBD Technical Training Workshop and how you plan to use GBD to advance population health. If you are a social scientist, please specify so in your statement. 
For questions about the application process, please contact us at gbdtraining@healthdata.org.

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The president of the European Council Donald Tusk has visited Greece on Thursday to discuss the high influx of immigrants via Turkey to the Greek islands and then onwards to mainland Greece. The situation there is worsening fast as the route further North across the Balkans towards northern European countries is blocked.

Macedonia has introduced a tight border regime, letting only very few refugees cross the border on a daily basis, and alternative routes haven’t been established yet. More than 120,000 migrants are thought to have arrived in Greece in the first two months of 2016 alone.

The below chart gives an impression of the extent of the refugee crisis as it unfolds in Greece. Comparing the numbers of migrants who arrived in Greece in the first two months of this year to last year’s numbers gives an idea of the magnitude of the problem.

"Do not come to Europe," Council President Tusk said, appealing to the refugees, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens. "Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing," he added.

Flow of refugees into Greece

Infographic: Greece on the Frontline | Statista

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