Seeking long and healthy lives for generations to come

Sight student
Photo: Truls Busch-Christensen

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.”

Youth-led conversation
Photo: Truls Busch-Christensen

Next steps for Women in Global Health Sweden

Women in Global Health SwedenSome 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.

At the same time, inspired by the fruitful launch event in January, as well as feedback received from the participants, WGH Sweden is preparing for an informal “world café” meeting to be held in June. The meeting will be a platform for discussion on the next steps of WGH Sweden, taking into a consideration all the global movements and initiatives, such as the launch of the Lancet issue “Advancing women in science, medicine and global health” (Feb 09, 2019, Volume 393, and Number 10171), the Global 50/50 report, and Delivered by women, led by men: A gender and equity analysis of the global health and social workforce.

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

Voices 4 Health: Concert and SIGHT Award


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.

Tickets are available now!
Students: 50 kr
Others: 100 kr

One Health: Antibiotic resistance, zoonotic diseases and food security in focus for SIGHT Award 2018

9 November 2018

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.

LindahlJohanns_sight2018_350Johanna 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.

Read more about the Voices 4 Health concert

For more information and interviews

Awardee Johanna Lindahl:

SIGHT’s Director Peter Friberg:, +46 (0)70-676 00 13



Antibiotikaresistens och interaktionen människa och djur i fokus för SIGHT Award 2018

9 November 2018

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.

LindahlJohanns_sight2018_350Johanna 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.

Läs mer om konserten

För mer information och intervjuer

Pristagaren Johanna Lindahl:

SIGHTs föreståndare Peter Friberg:, 070-676 00 13


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.

After Eradication of Polio – What now for Global Health?

Tuesday 06 November 2018, 13:00 – 16:00

Venue: The Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm

Organisers: SIGHT and the Graduate Institute of Geneva

How will we manage our resources when (not if) polio is eradicated? How do YOU think the global health landscape will change in the post-polio landscape? Come and discuss this with experts in the field.

With only 22 polio cases occurring in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan in 2017, polio eradication is imminent, having major implications beyond the creation of the global public good of ending a disease in human beings for only the second time in history. The challenge and opportunity now arises from the fact that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has built up tremendous ‘polio assets’. These include laboratories, skilled human resources, managerial and technical systems and empowered groups and individuals at community levels. The completion of polio eradication has broad implications for global health – including on how best to preserve and use the polio assets at the national level and on the future financing of WHO at the global level.

This aim of this event is to raise awareness and stimulate debate among global health stakeholders in Sweden on the post-polio transition within the context of the SDGs.

The specific objectives of the meeting are:

  • To explore the impact of the “transitioning of polio assets” in the context of the SDGs, in particular SDG 3, health system strengthening and universal health coverage.
  • To discuss the relevance and national ownership in countries with ODA, particularly in fragile states.
  • To explore the global consequences of the post-polio transition, including the financial implications for multilateral support and the impact on WHO.

Confirmed speakers include: Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Peter Friberg, Co-founder and Director of the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation; Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Professor at Aga Khan University and Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children; Jean-Bosco Ndihokubwayo, Regional Advisor, Clinical Laboratories and Technologies (CLT), WHO Representative to Chad; Ngozi Nwosu, National Coordinator of the Nigeria Polio Transition Planning Task Team, National Primary Health Care Development Agency; Robb Butler, Vaccine Demand, Unicef. The event will be moderated by Professor Anna Mia Ekström, Professor at Karolinska Institutet.

Interested? Please register here.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 – putting an end to sexual violence in armed conflict

5 October 2018

Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Media AB 2018

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.