World Health Summit: Research for Health and Sustainable Development

Global Health Europe a organized a discussion meeting on "Research for Health and Sustainable Development" at this year's World Health Summit. The meeting, held on October 23rd, 2012, emphasized that meeting people's aspirations for health and health equity required a special kind of symbiosis between policy, research and practice.Taking this vision of a unified effort to achieve better health and health equity as a starting point, the Global Health Europe Symposium looked at the policy domain and the domain of research development and innovation, asking about both the nature of policies, frameworks, structures and settings that are needed for effective research and innovation for global health; and the important role of research and innovation in informing policy and action for global health; while bearing in mind the many barriers that exist across the interface between these domains and asking how these can be overcome.

For a detailed report of the meeting, click here

The Eurozone Crisis and Global Health

Global Health Europe and the Global Health Working Group of the British International Studies Association organized a discussion meeting on "Beyond the Eurozone Crisis: Europe and the New Realities for Global Health". The meeting, held on 27 September 2012, was hosted at the European Commission Representation (Europe House, London) and was co-sponsored by the UK's Health Protection Agency and the Centre for Global Health Policy at Sussex University.

Two panel sessions, chaired and moderated by Andrew Jack, took the themes 'what should Europe do for global health' (panellists Nick Tomlinson, Head of International Affairs, Department of Health; Beatrice Nere, Programme Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Chris Brookes, Director of Programmes and Partnership, Health Action Partnership International: HAPI) and 'why is addressing global health important for Europe' (panellists Richard Bergström, Director General, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries & Associations; Anthony Kessel, Director of Public Health Strategy, Health Protection Agency; Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett, Executive Chair, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London).

For a detailed report of the meeting, click here.

For an editorial in The Lancet arising from the meeting, click here.

For photos and videos of the event, click here.

Global Health at the 15th European Health Forum Gastein

On October 03-04, Maastricht University and Global Health Europe jointly hosted a forum on global health governance at the 15th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG). The EHFG is the leading health policy event in the EU and it provides a major platform for decision-makers in public health & health care.

The forum contributed to the global health governance discourse from an international- as well as European perspective. It put forward the issues that need to be addressed through a consolidated international approach, with the European Union and the WHO Regional Office for Europe as key actors for the European continent. Ultimately, the forum gave impetus to the European way forward for global health.

High level speakers and pannellists included Ms. Zsuszanna Jakab, Regional Director of the the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Dr. Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Center for Disease Control, Professor Srinath Reddy, President of the Indian Public Health Foundation and Professor Yang, the former Vice Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control. Together with experts from the European Commission, the European External Action Service as well as from the Member States, industry and academia, the future European approach to the global health issues of our time were discussed.

A detailed report on the outcomes of the forum will be made available shortly.

European Health Forum Gastein

Confirmed keynote speakers include

  • A Stöger, Minister of Health, Austria
  • J Dalli, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
  • Z Jakab, Regional Director, WHO Europe

To register please use the registration form on our website, where you can also find regular updated information

Additionally, we would like to draw your attention to the announcement of this year's European Health Award 2012.
With this prize, we promote an initiative that has contributed in a significant way to meet European health challenges.

A policy brief on US global health diplomacy

The United States government recently announced its intention to create an "Office of Global Health Diplomacy" at its State Department. As Josh Michaud and Jen Kates from the Kaiser Family Foundation point out in their policy brief, this elevates, at least structurally, the role of diplomacy in U.S. global health efforts.

The compiled information provides useful insights into the understanding- and evolution of global health diplomacy efforts in the US. Click here for the full policy brief.

Lancet series on Universal Health Coverage

The Lancet recently released a special collection of papers exploring the social, political, and economic issues around the global movement towards universal health care coverage. The series provides much needed input for tackling the challenge of universal health care coverage - a key objective of the European global health community.

Click here for an overview the article series and a podcast on the issue.


OECD: Growth in health spending grinds to a halt

According to OECD Health Data 2012, growth in health spending slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all OECD countries, reversing a long-term trend of rapid increases.

While government health spending tended to be maintained at the start of the economic crisis, cuts in spending really began to take effect in 2010. This was particularly the case in the European countries hardest hit by the recession.

See here for the full OECD statement.


TED video on MDGs

In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years.

Jamie Drummond co-founded the advocacy organization ONE, whose central themes are ending extreme poverty and fighting the AIDS pandemic.


Global Health Diplomacy Book Series

The Global Health Programme is involved in the development of the 'Global Health Diplomacy' book series (series editors Ilona Kickbusch and Thomas Novotny, publisher World Scientific). The book series will present a series of scholarly writing to provide a possible focus for future education, training, research, and service in global health diplomacy for the 21st centruy. Published titles include 'Innovative Health Partnerships: The Diplomacy of Diversity' and 'Negotiating and Navigating Global Health Case studies in Global Health Diplomacy'. Forthcoming titles include '21st Century Global Health Diplomacy' and 'Power Shift in Global Health, The Emerging Economics and Regional Groupings.' As part of this series, a book on the 'EU's role in Global Health' is also currently in development. For more information on the Global Health Diplomacy series, see here.

Upcoming Global Health Europe forums at EHFG, Gastein and WHS, Berlin

This year Global Health Europe will be present again at both the European Health Forum, Gastein (3-6 October) and the World Health Summit, Berlin (21-24 October). At Gastein, together with Maastricht University, GHE will co-host a parallel forum entitled "Global Health Governance: Europe and the world". The three sessions of the parallel forum will focus on 1) global health governance in the European context, 2) global governance for health in practice and 3) foreign policy for health. For the World Health Summit, Berlin, GHE will hold a symposium on governance (with World Vision) and a separate partner session on Research Policies for Global Health, whilst the global health programme will also coordinate a working session on governance (together with WHO and WEF). For the programme of EHFG click here and the World Health Summit click here.

Global Health Bulletin produced for 65th WHA

The Graduate Insitute, Global Health Programme, together with the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, produced this Global Health publication for the 65th WHA. Please see free pdf of the recent publication, with contributions from Parliamentarians and Ministers, Heads of Multilateral Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and Academics here.

Integration of Health and Sustainable Development

In a recent Lancet article, Andy Haines, George Alleyne, Ilona Kickbush and Carlos Dora consider the upcoming (20-22nd June 2012) Rio+ UN Conference on sustainable development, the linkages between health and sustainable development, how policies in 'other sectors' affect health, and the type of governance required for more sustinable development. See the article here.

A global convention for health R & D?

Stephen Matlin, co-director of Global Health Europe, writes this policy briefing based on the Global Health Programme's event with Joseph Stiglitz. He highlights the recommendations of the CEWG report and asks key questions to be addressed through a global health R & D framework. See this policy briefing here.

A breakthrough opportunity for Global Health

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in economics, who recently spoke at The Global Health Programme's symposium on R & D, discusses the importance of a strong research and innovation framework for global health, and the report of the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development. See his commentary here.

National and Global Platforms for Non Communicable Diseases: The Way Forward

The UN High Level meeting on non communicable diseases (NCDs) and the resulting Political Declaration created as many questions as they answered. Notably in relation to decisions about NCD targets, indicators and monitoring and the form that a global platform to oversee NCD strategy and monitoring will take. This session at the Geneva Health Forum 2012 sought to tackle these questions. The session was co-organised by Global Health Europe. It took the form of debate and discussion chaired by Dr Samantha Battams, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. Introductory remarks from five panellists were followed by Q&As.

Panellists included Swiss Health Ambassador Gaudenz Silberschmidt, Ms Judith Watt, Interim Director, Non-communicable Diseases Alliance, Dr Olivier Raynaud, Senior Director, Global Health & Healthcare at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Ms Ruth Veale, Head of the Food, Health, Environment and Safety Department, BEUC, (the European Consumers Organisation) and Mr Ryoji Noritake, Director, Health and Global Policy Institute, Japan.  For a summary of the session please see here.

Call for Applications: Summer School 'European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition'

The European Forum Alpbach and the Institute of Social Medicine, Center for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna present the Summer School "European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition", which will take lace in Alpbach/Austria from 16 to 23 August, 2012. The Summer School will be organized as part of the "European Forum Alpbach", an international interdisciplinary conference.

The summer school will provide specific training for young health care professionals and enable them to build an international network. Up to 25 candidates will be selected from applications received for the Summer School. For more information see here.

Event: Strengthening the Global Research and Development System

Current investments in Research & Development (R&D) and innovation for meeting health needs in developing countries are not sufficient. The existing model of R&D and innovation is not adequate when it comes to discovering and developing medicines and other health technologies which in particular address the needs of markets with low purchasing power. These issues have been analyzed and discussed in several processes at the World Health Organization. However, the issue of how to find a sustainable solution for issues related to financing and coordination of R&D needed more work. The Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) will present its final report to the WHO in April 2012, and the World Health Assembly will in its 65th session in May 2012 discuss and decide on how the recommendations of this group should be taken forward.

The Graduate Institute, Geneva in collaboration with the Harvard Global Health Institute, USA and the University of Oslo, Norway is hosting a seminar to facilitate a multi-stakeholder discussion based on the recommendations of the CEWG report to assess different approaches to addressing R&D and Innovation challenges, in particular the recommendation to create an overarching global framework, such as an R&D Convention, for improving finance, governance and coordination.

To find out more information, and for registration, click here.

World Health Summit, call for abstracts

Abstract submissions for the World Health Summit open April 2012. The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres and Medical Universities is inviting sumbmissions for the 4th WHS. The overall theme of the conference is 'Research for Health and Sustainable Development.' Abstracts being submitted up to 15th June 2012. For more information see here.

A new governance that promotes global health

Paulo Marchiori Buss advocates a new governance that promotes global health, development which considers people first, and calls on banks to finance development. He will soon participate in a workshop with Ilona Kickbusch from GHE and Célia Almedia. See the interview with Paulo here.

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