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'A world that counts?' Contexts of health: Information for Health, Global Health Histories Seminar 101

Thursday 22 June 2017, 12.30PM to 14:00

Speaker(s): Dr Jeremy Farrar (Director, Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom), Dr Claudia Stein (Director, Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation, WHO Regional Office for Europe) and Professor Morten Jerven (Professor of Development Studies, International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) Norwegian University of Life Sciences).

Broadcast live over the internet, via webinar:

*‌Please note: this event is scheduled for 12:30pm CEST, which is 11:30am BST*

GHH #101 Poster: Global Health Histories 101 (PDF , 324kb) 

In today’s world, an enormous amount of information about our life (and death) is being recorded as data. Health is no exception.  We are surrounded by numbers, from statistics on well-being and quality of life to epidemiological data that can help fight disease and even predict epidemics. In fact, a recent UN report about mobilizing the data revolution to support sustainable development describes our world as “a world that counts”.

However, there are many important social, political, and cultural factors that influence the process of collecting, producing, analysing, and managing quantitative data. This panel discussion will explore the cultural contexts of data and the powerful potential for (and possible pitfalls of) ruling the world by numbers.

Location: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, UN City, Copenhagen.

Admission: Broadcast live over the internet, via webinar: