SIGHT’s purpose is to promote an interdisciplinary approach, to strengthen and bridge Swedish research and education, and to provide a scientific basis for national and transnational collaborative policy work, in the field of global health. SIGHT is an institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
In her position as Chair of The Lancet-SIGHT Commission, a joint effort between SIGHT at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal, former President of Finland Tarja Halonen, brings a wealth of expertise and experience from the international arena. By Ulrica Segersten/Alex Farnsworth, Photo: Lasse Keltto
Claudia Hanson, senior scientist and clinician, was awarded the SIGHT Award for 2019. She specialises in research aiming to improve the quality of maternal and newborn healthcare in low-resource settings. In spite of progress in many countries, dr. Hanson points out that more than 300 000 mothers and 2, 7 million newborn still lose their lives every year.
Through SIGHT Student Network there is a great opportunity to strengthen cooperation between different student groups. SIGHT can be the enabling stepping stone for students passionate about global health, regardless of discipline. By working together with students SIGHT not only gains crucial perspective of students, but is also able to introduce a truly disciplinary global health approach to to leaders of tomorrow.
SIGHT has a small secretariat at the premises of the Academy. As SIGHT is part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, SIGHT does not have a board of its own. However, there is an interim Scientific Advisory Committee.The organogram indicates that SIGHT will be based on a solid foundation of partnerships and collaborations.