15t–18th September 2019 Professor Göran Tomson, co-founder of SIGHT, gave lectures at Makerere University in Uganda on the role of universities in UN Agenda 2030 and SDGs.
“There are many similar challenges and processes in mapping SDGs both at Makerere University and Karolinska Institutet as well as other Swedish universities”, says Göran Tomson.
During his Uganda visit he met with students, the President of Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), Professor Nelson Sewankambo, Professor Rhoda Wanyenzeat, Dean at School of Public Health and Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University and professor Charles Ibingira, Principle at College of Health Science.
Both the publication “A Roadmap on Global Child Health” (published by SIGHT and The Swedish Society of Medicine) and the KI Strategy 2030 document were handed over and discussed.
“Universities should be inspired by and contribute to the implementation of the SDGs. Central is not only what universities are good at but good for“, professor Tomson points out.
Venue: Aula Hall at Vasaparken 1,
Gothenburg University’s main building.
Theme: Towards ensuring physical and mental well-being for refugee women and children in the context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
Audience: students and university faculty staff
1- Hold the annual Award Ceremony
2- Raise the following issue: The urgent need for interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships in order to achieve SDG 3.8 which calls for a Universal Health Coverage worldwide leaving no one behind including refugee women and children
3- Discuss the solutions that would improve refugee women’s and children’s healthcare access
4- Provide a diverse network for involved participants that would represent the starting point of a growing network of collaborations in the future to achieve our main goal (SDG. 3)
17:30 Introduction to the event by SIGHT student coordinators and the pro-vice chancellor of the University of Gothenburg
17:40 Keynote speech by Birgitta Essén
17:55 Introduction to panel discussion and panel moderator Sara Causevic by SIGHT student coordinators
18:00 Panel discussion moderated by Sara Causevic commences
19:05 Speech by Stefan Einhorn
19:15 Handing over of SIGHT award by the vice Chancellor of Gothenburg University and presentation of the winner’s research
Road map on global child health: Placing children at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals
För miljontals barn och ungdomar i världen är mänskliga rättigheter fortfarande bara ett abstrakt koncept. För de yngsta definieras framsteg ofta bara i termer av överlevnad. Nu lanserar SIGHT (Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation) och Svenska Läkaresällskapet (SLS) en färdplan för global barnhälsa, där framsteg definieras utifrån nästa generations rätt att blomstra. Färdplanen placerar barnen i centrum av de globala målen för hållbar utveckling i FN:s Agenda 2030.
children at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals” är ett ensidigt
fokus på överlevnad en dålig måttstock för att säkerställa nästa generations
välbefinnande. Barn och ungdomar behöver få möjlighet att både blomstra och bli
rustade med tillräcklig motståndskraft i mötet med globala utmaningar såsom
klimatförändringar, påtvingad konfliktrelaterad migration och den allt tyngre
hälsorisk som icke smittsamma sjukdomar utgör.
efterlyser en förändringsagenda där utvecklingsarbetet är fokuserat på barnen.
Enligt rapportförfattarna kan bestående förbättring av barns och ungdomars
hälsa uppnås om de globala hållbarhetsmålens synergier mobiliseras och
barnhälsa inte enbart ses som en fråga för hälso- och sjukvården.
Syftet med mötet den 30 augusti är att sprida kunskap från rapporten och
genom dialog tillföra konkreta förslag inför kommande policybeslut och
implementering inom området global barnhälsa.
Vi vill härmed
bjuda in dig att delta i mötet och bli en del av processen att förbättra global
barnhälsa ytterligare under kommande årtionde!
Vi ser fram
emot en livlig diskussion om barnhälsa i allmänhet och rapporten i synnerhet,
med tyngdpunkt på hur vi bäst kan operationalisera vår samlade kunskap och
kompetens. Vi hoppas du kan och vill bidra med dina kunskaper och erfarenheter.
Peter Friberg Director Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation
Tobias Alfvén Vice Ordförande Svenska Läkaresällskapet
Plats: Svenska Läkaresällskapet, Klara Östra Kyrkogata 10, Stockholm
Datum: 30 augusti 2019
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08:30–09:00 Frukostfralla och kaffe/te (endast för anmälda deltagare)
Peter Friberg, Director, SIGHT
Ordförande, SLS Kommitté för Global Hälsa
Moderator: Anders Nordström,
Ambassadör för Global Hälsa
09:15–09:30 Presentation av rapporten Tobias Alfvén, Docent global barnhälsa Karolinska Institutet (för författargruppen)
09:30–10:15 Paneldiskussion med frågor från publiken Kort inledande reflektion från paneldeltagare och därefter diskussion
10:15–10:30 Sammanfattning, nästa steg och policy-implikationer Anders Nordström, Ambassadör för Global Hälsa
Human rights are still merely an abstract concept for
millions of women, children, and adolescents – and for our youngest progress is
often defined as simply a question of survival. Now the Swedish Institute for
Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) and The Swedish Society of Medicine are
launching a road map for global child health, emphasizing progress as the next
generation’s right to thrive – placing children firmly at the centre of UN’s 2030
Agenda for the Sustainable development.
According to the road map Placing children at
the centre of the sustainable development goals, survival is a poor
benchmark for ensuring the wellbeing of the next generation. These children and
adolescents need to be able to thrive, empowered with sufficient resilience
facing global challenges such as climate change, conflict-forced migration, and
an evolving burden of non-communicable disease.
The road map is calling for a transformative agenda of
child-centred development. According to the authors a lasting progress on child
and adolescent health demands harnessing the synergies of the SDGs.
The road map identifies and focuses on five main
1. Redefining global child health in the
post-2015 era: placing children at the centre of the SDGs through a life-course
A compelling new narrative recognising children and
adolescents as both initiator and beneficiaries of development by placing them
at the centre of the SDGs will increase the relevance of the SDG framework.
2. Striving for equity: ensuring no child is left
Investment in interventions proven to reduce morbidity
and mortality must be supported by continuous scientific and contextual
evaluation of their impact, including age and sex-aggregated data, to ensure no
child or adolescent is left behind.
3. Enabling a child’s right to thrive throughout
Transforming the perception of the child, from a
medical to a holistic and relational perspective, acknowledges the unique
rights children have from birth.
4. Bridging the “know-do gap”: facilitating
informed policy-making and implementation
Expanding translational research programmes and
implementation research that engage and build capacity within local communities
play a vital role in combating emerging global health challenges.
5. Capitalising on interlinkages within the SDGs
to galvanise multisectoral action
Identifying and capitalising on interconnections
within and between the SDGs and their convergence on the health and wellbeing
of children and adolescents is fundamental for promoting effective
multi-sectoral partnerships that strengthen the sustainability and resilience
of health and social systems. Understanding the nature of these interlinkages
will be instrumental.
Placing children and adolescents at the centre of the
SDGs will ensure their right to survive and thrive throughout the life-course,
as the true beneficiaries of the 2030 Agenda.
Women in Global Health Sweden organized a 2nd meeting on June 17th, at the Karolinska Institutet. The attending 25 participants were there to discuss the much-needed direction of WGH Sweden that would be useful for equal gender representation in leadership and work environment in the field of global health in Sweden.
Helena Nordenstedt, one of the co-founders, talked about the
misconceptions and facts that we oftentimes omit, and scarcity of data related
to sex and gender.
Sara Causevic presented “Advancing
women in science, medicine and global health” from The Lancet, (Feb 09, 2019, Volume 393, and Number 10171), as food for thought
before the group discussions, highlighting few thoughts:
There is a shortage of women in leadership positions as well as in decision making roles;
Research that is sex and gender disaggregated, with relevant issues related to LMIC/LIC, research collaboration;
Ensuring finance for this type of data as well as gender equality including in research and development.
With the further discussion in the World Café, led by Emelie
Looft-Trägårdh, the suggestions from the participants were as following:
What do we experience as the biggest challenges for women working with global
health in Sweden?
The most significant challenges are the opportunities to network,
or to have a more extensive network comprising of other disciplines not focusing
only on science and researchers. Another challenge identified is the limitation of opportunities in
the field of global health, especially as a woman and coming from a different ethnic
origin. Funding is still scarce and available mainly to men. Or, in most cases,
men are research project leaders.
What should the platform WGH Sweden target?
The Swedish platform should think of how to create an enabling
environment to promote transformative leadership in all levels of experience,
background, and knowledge. It should go beyond the scientific forum, but
capture the NGO sector, private sector, and individuals. Interdisciplinarity
matters. Hierarchies that are present in other communities are not typical in
Sweden; however, they still exist. Ensure empathy and creation of an enabling
and supportive environment. It could be a space for sharing and pushing the
global health agenda, not least from a gender perspective.
3. What solutions, actions, and strategies would be relevant to tackle these challenges?
There is a need to understand the baseline statistics of women in
global health in Sweden: who are we, what are our profiles, and how can we
connect better. At the same time, WGH Sweden should be a passing place, where
networking makes women more visible to be considered as moderators, panelists,
and for job-positions. These meetings should have both vertical and horizontal
As a wrap up from Wiebke Mohr, it was concluded that women should,
in general, be more supportive of their peers. Men should be part of the
narrative and solution. But as Karolina Nyberger said in her final remarks,
quoting Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your
consent” – she added that being supported and asking for a support does not
mean that you are inferior. We should be there to support each other.
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