All human lives have equal value. The right to health should be guaranteed to all everywhere. Health is an integral part, prerequisite and an outcome of development. Global health is a prerequisite for sustainable development globally.
SIGHT has been established to be a catalyst ensuring that evidence-based capacity in Sweden is transformed in order to be able to effectively tackle the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era.
SIGHT views global health as an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasises transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes inter-disciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.
SIGHT’s vision is to improve health and wellbeing globally for all with a particular focus on vulnerable groups, including women and children.
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.
- Strengthen the Swedish resource base in global health for global health.
- Provide a network-platform for interdisciplinary global health research and education.
- Ensure that health is taken into account in all SDGs and implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
- Facilitate knowledge translation between academia, policy-makers and the public.
SIGHT will support the process to reinforce and bridge already existing research relevant for global health at Swedish universities by enhancing interdisciplinary work. However, the institute will as well contribute to transforming education to better meet the global needs of the future as well as to accommodate students’ strong interest not only in global health but also in related fields like in human rights, law and governance, and ethics.
The principles of SIGHT include strengthening and complementing existing activities with sensitivity to gender, age, ethics, language, diversity in disciplines, differential needs of stakeholders.
We want to transform the approach to global health from silo-driven to multisectoral and interdisciplinary and based on research evidence. Transformation is an outcome of this and where output exceeds the sum of the input.