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
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.
Det är Johanna Lindahl, forskare inom veterinär-epidemiologi, som får priset och 100 000 kronor från Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, SIGHT. Priset delas ut för en utmärkt vetenskaplig insats inom global hälsa.
Johanna Lindahl är docent och verksam vid International Livestock Research Institute, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet samt Uppsala universitet.
Motiveringen till hennes utmärkelse:
”Johanna Lindahl har utifrån ett helhetsperspektiv och i samarbete med forskare från låg- och medelinkomstländer utvecklat vår kunskap inom områden med stor relevans för mänsklighetens välmående och fortlevnad globalt, nämligen interaktionen mellan människa och djur (”one health”) samt antibiotikaresistens.”
I en kommentar säger Johanna Lindahl att utmärkelsen är såväl hedrande som uppmuntrande.
– Det gäller både området one health och för mig personligen med tanke på att arbetet är så stort och vi är så pass få som arbetar med frågan. Kanske det här priset kan lyfta behovet av kunskap om interaktionen mellan människa, djur och ekosystem för antibiotikaresistens och samspelets betydelse för global hälsa.
Prisutdelning 25 november
Priset har instiftats med stöd från Familjen Einhorns Stiftelse och delas ut av Stefan Einhorn i samband med konsert med uruppförande i Eric Ericsonhallen i Stockholm, den 25 november. Beslut om mottagare av SIGHT Award 2018 har fattats av Kungl. Vetenskapsakademiens akademistyrelse.
Fakta: Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, SIGHT, arbetar för att stärka forskning och kunskapsspridning i global hälsa. SIGHT startades vid Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien år 2017 med finansiering från Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
SIGHT congratulates the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Nadia Murad, a survivor of sexual violence in armed conflict and a human rights defender and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist devoting his life to restore and empower the victims of sexual violence in armed conflict. The laureates manifest the importance of seeing health, peace and gender equality as being complementary and intrinsically interdependent.
Known as the Swedish global health top events of the year, SIGHT partnered with and participated in “The Swedish Global Health Research Conference 2018: How can Sweden Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals? From Research to Action” arranged by The Swedish Society of Medicine, culminating in “The Global Health Night” arranged by several student organisations April 25th-26th.
In connection with the “Global Health Night”, ending the conference, SIGHT, in cooperation with The Swedish Society of Medicine and the Foreign and The Ministry for Foreign Affairs launched a useful guide about how all of us in different ways can contribute to global health.
Maria Nilsson, SIGHT fellow and Associate professor/researcher at the Unit of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, has been invited by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) as member of a working group on climate change and health through nomination of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The task of the group is to review science and publish a report on the health impacts associated with climate change in Europe, and by broad commitment disseminate results to European decision makers and other stakeholders. The report, which will be used at national level by member academies, is expected to be published 2019.