A youth-led conversation was held at The Swedish Society of Medicine, in which Director General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Seth Berkley from Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and Peter Sands from Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria participated in a panel discussion together with students from different disciplines.
Challenging questions were asked by the students. The global health leaders had for instance to answer: What interventions are needed to change the fact that only 20 percent of global health leader positions are held by women?
According to the Dr Tedros it is still a mindset issue. “The patronising mentality must stop which tend not see women around us who have the needed competence”, he said.
A Master student of Economics wanted to know what a young student who is passionate about global health should invest in. “We need brilliant talents”, said Peter Sands, and continued: “Probably those who have no idea that they actually are passionate about global health, but have skills of supply chains and functional skills. Above all, we do need a much broader scale of talents and skills.”
Some glad news is that the global network of Women in Global Health is growing, with more chapters in Somalia and a regional African hub launched in Kigali, Rwanda.
Women in Global Health Sweden network had a busy several months, using it is an opportunity to discuss the next steps and initiatives of the WGH Sweden. An article was written for the Women’s health day, that focused on women health, and there were several events, such as the WHO Partner’s Forum, where WGH was present.
The June meeting will gather different participants to discuss the issues of women in global health in Sweden, the challenges we face, and how to overcome them with successful strategies, actions and activities. Also, this will be a chance to discuss mentorship, presence and advocacy.
More information on the event will follow in several days.
Sara Causevic PhD Student, WGH Sweden Research group on Global and Sexual Health (GloSH) Dept of Public Health Sciences | Karolinska Institutet Twitter: @saracausev
Sunday 25 November 2018, 16:00–17:30 (Doors close at 15:50)
Venue: Eric Ericson Hall, Kyrkslingan 2, Stockholm
Welcome to a student event where the ambitious and inspirational words of the UN’s 2030 Agenda with a special focus on the young generation will be transformed into the art of live music!
Culture in general and music specifically is one of the most powerful tools that mankind possesses to communicate thoughts and emotions. Organized by the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) in collaboration with Erik Westberg of Luleå University of Technology, who will lead Sweden’s Youth Choir and esteemed Swedish composers such as Jan Sandström (𝘈𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦) and Stefan Nilsson (𝘎𝘢𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘴 𝘴å𝘯𝘨) for a live concert.
Bridging sustainable development and global health through music, the performances will provide an appropriate frame for the prize ceremony of the SIGHT Award 2018, which will be awarded during the concert. This is the second year of this annual prize in global health research, honoring an extra-ordinary contribution to global health research.
Afterward the concert there will be a mingle with some light snacks.
Johanna Lindahl, senior scientist in veterinary-epidemiology, is awarded the SIGHT Award 2018 and SEK 100 000 from the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, SIGHT. The prize is awarded for excellent scientific contribution to global health.
Johanna Lindahl is an associate professor and active at the International Livestock Research Institute, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Uppsala university. Commenting on the award, Lindahl says that it is both honouring and encouraging.
– This goes for both the area of One Health and for me personally, given the scale of the challenge and that relatively few people work with the issue. Maybe this award can raise more awareness, highlighting the need for deeper knowledge in zoonotic diseases and the significance of human-animal interaction for antibiotic resistance while showing how important this interplay is to global health.
Citation for her award:
”Johanna Lindahl has from a holistic perspective and in cooperation with researchers from low and middle-income countries developed our knowledge within areas of crucial relevance for the well-being and survival of mankind globally, namely human and animal interaction (”One Health”) as well as antibiotic resistance.”
Award ceremony 25th November
The Prize was instituted with the support from the Einhorn family foundation and is awarded during the Voices 4 Health concert, with first performance at the Eric Ericson Hall in Stockholm, on the 25th November. The decision on awardee for the SIGHT Award 2018 was taken by the board of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.