Posted on 11 May 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH), University of York, UK (also the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories) will take a step further in the internationalisation of the WHO Global Health Histories project, established in 2004. Now, the annual WHO Global Health Histories seminar series, which is rooted in the WHO Regional Office for Europe, will also be held in the Americas, in partnership with Casa the Oswaldo Cruz (COC/Fiocruz), the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation’s centre for the history of science and health. The Brazilian institution located in Rio de Janeiro will be in charge of the organisation of the events in the continent.
The traditional seminar series brings together researchers and policy makers with the goal to demonstrate how understanding the history of health could provide answers to the challenges of today and help shape a healthier future for everyone, especially those most in need. It has been co-hosted by WHO and the CGHH since 2010 in Geneva, Copenhagen, Cairo and Colombo (Sri Lanka). The series was hosted for the first time in the Americas on May, 6th 2016 – representing the 97th WHO GHH seminar, the event was streamed live on the web from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation’s campus in Rio de Janeiro.
The director of the Centre for Global Health Histories, Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, points out the project’s internationalisation aims to provide new opportunities for regional, national and local leaders to discuss the most pressing global health issues, making this debate more transparent and constructive “It is only possible to have that discussion and have a global view once we run this seminars internationally with important partners like Fiocruz,” he said.
According to Casa de Oswaldo Cruz’s vice-director of Research, Education and Science Communication, Dr. Magali Romero Sá, this step forward demonstrates how flexible and accommodating different voices and perspectives the project is. “It is very important to include historians, epidemiologists, social scientists and policy makers from all over the world in those discussions. Fiocruz is proud to collaborate with WHO and the CGHH in broadening these debates,” she said.
Professor Deborah Smith (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of York) said “The University of York's strategy puts interdisciplinary collaborative research at the heart of our mission, working to drive innovative global partnerships. The Seminar Series organised by the Centre for Global Health Histories, based in our Department of History, aligns strongly with these ambitions, forging interactions with some of the world's major public health research institutions, including Fiocruz in Brazil. We are delighted to support these Seminars and particularly the recent events focusing on leprosy and bioethics, attracting scholars from across the disciplines to discuss critical issues affecting global health."
Further information about the recent 97th GHH seminar about Leprosy, and the global launch of CGHH's newest book, Leprosy: A Short History is available online. Information about all CGHH events is available on our website.