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Announcing upcoming GHES and GHH seminars with colleagues and WHO partners in FIOCRUZ, Brazil.

Posted on 28 April 2016

The Centre for Global Health Histories is delighted to announce two upcoming seminars from the GHES and GHH series to be held by colleagues and WHO partners in Fiocruz, Brazil.

CGHH looks forward to the next Global Health Ethics Seminar and also to the next Global Health Histories Seminar, both of which are to be held in Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro. These will be the 4th GHES and 97th GHH Seminars to be held in each series, taking place on Thursday 5th May and Friday 6th May 2016 respectively. The two days of discussion commence with a welcome message from Dr. Paulo Gadelha, the President of FIOCRUZ; Dr. Paulo Elian, the Director of COC; and Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Director of CGHH.

Dr. Gadelha and Dr. Nísia Trinidade Lima (Vice President of Education, Information and Communication at FIOCRUZ) commented on the GHES and GHH seminars: “It is a great honor to Fiocruz to receive two important international seminars that integrate the WHO Global Health Ethics and WHO Global Health Histories series, organized by the Centre for Global Health Histories of the University of York and by the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz and the International Relations Center of Fiocruz (CRIS). The themes in debate – Bioethics and Leprosy – and the guests’ experience and analysis capacity will certainly make the event a great landmark of the global health agenda and of the debate on the relations between health and citizenship.”

The 4th Global Health Ethic Seminar series will focus on ‘Bioethics,’ in a ‘webinar’ format that allows the talk to be presented live and fully interactive. Opportunities will be provided to participants and viewers to ask communicate directly with the speakers to ask questions or provide comments. This seminar features an exciting and prestigious range of speakers:

Dr. Carla Saenz (PAHO/WHO Regional Bioethics Advisor) - “Public Health Ethics: Towards the Integration of Ethics in Health in the Americas”.

Dr. Abha Saxena (Coordinator, Global Health Ethics, WHO) - “Ethics Guidance for responding to epidemics – Lessons from Ebola and Zika”.

Dr. Sergio Rego (Coordinator of the Graduate Program on Bioethics, applied ethics and public health, FIOCRUZ) – “Ethics, public health and emerging diseases: a view from Brazil.”

Information on how to watch and interact with this event will be posted on our website shortly.

The Global Health Ethics Seminars are part of a direct partnership between the Wellcome Trust UK, the World Health Organisation and the University of York, UK. The aim is to provide a forum in which leading ethicists, health care workers, policy makers and patients from across the world can come together to provide practical answers to the major moral questions that arise in dealing with issues of public health ethics and global health.

Dr. Abha Saxena (Coordinator, Global Health Ethics, WHO) said of this event: “WHO has been reaching out to a wide audience through such webinars for the past one year, but due to differing time-zones, it is often difficult to reach out to our Latin American colleagues. I am therefore very excited about being able to share our work with you, and get your feedback. Ethics being a lot about context and culture, your inputs and insights will be very helpful.”

Dr. Henrice Altink (Head of the Department of History at the University of York) has told us that “The Global Health Ethics Seminars and the Global Health History Seminars organised by CGHH, a centre based in the Department of History at York, are a unique collaboration between scholars, health workers and policy makers. The two seminars at Fiocruz on 5 and 6 May 2016 address, like other in the series, key themes and issues in global health: leprosy and bioethics. As one of the world's main public health research institutions, Fiocruz is the ideal location for these seminars. The Department of History, which has long collaborated with Fiocruz, wishes to extend its thanks to the institution for hosting the seminars, which through their unique format will shed new and important insights into global health.”

The 97th Global Health Histories Seminar will be broadcast the next day. Speaking at this event are Euzenir Sarno (FIOCRUZ), Mirta Roses Periago (Senior Advisor in Global Health, Global Fund), and Rosa Castalia F.R. Soares (CGHDE/DEVIT/SVS-MS).

Dr. Mirta Roses Periago will be speaking about “The public health legacy of leprosy: teachings and frustrations,” during this session. Dr. Rosa Castalia F. R. Soares will speak about “Integrated approaches in leprosy: best practices from Brazil”, and Dr. Euzenir Sarno will speak on “Learning from history to better understand Leprosy”. You can find details of this event on our website.

The event will also coincide with the global book launch of 'Leprosy: A Short History'. A detailed description of the book can be found here and a link to download the book free is here. The book project has been a collaboration between the the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories, FIOCRUZ, Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation and The Nippon Foundation, supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The Global Health Histories seminar series is a collaboration between the Division of Information, Evidence, Research & Innovation (DIR) at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, and the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH), which is part of the Department of History and a constituent member of Humanities Research Centre at the University of York, generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Of this event Dr. Nils Fietje (Research Officer at WHO Europe) said that "WHO Regional Office for Europe welcomes the expansion of the Global Health Histories seminars into other WHO Regional Offices and WHO Country Offices worldwide. The seminars  bring together a rich mix of experts that include social scientists and humanities scholars, allowing WHO to examine key health challenges from novel perspectives. We look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration with the WHO Collaborating centre for Global Health Histories."

Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya (Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York) commented that: "The WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories is honoured to work with the Wellcome Trust, the World Health Organization and Fiocruz to organise these two events, the first such country level events in the Americas held in partnership with the Regional Office and federal Health Ministry. We see this as a wonderful means of helping expand the scope of WHO Global Health Histories and Global Health Ethics initiatives, which is representative of our commitment to excellence, internationalisation, and the widening of partnerships between academia and health policy."

Anticipating both events, Prof. Magali Romero Sá and Prof. Marcos Cueto (both of the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz) said that: “As members of the Casa the Oswaldo Cruz, a division within the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz devoted to studies and documentation in the history of science and health, we are thrilled to participate in the Global Health Ethics Seminar and the Global Health Histories Seminar that will take place in our home institution on May of 2016. We are certain that the interactive discussion of Bioethics and Leprosy --the organizing themes of these seminars--- will be of great interest to Brazilian and Latin American scholars, students and health workers. It is very significant for us and for the Casa that these events are possible thanks to a fruitful collaboration between Fiocruz, the Wellcome Trust, the World Health Organisation, the Pan American Health Organization and the University of York, of the UK.”

If you have questions about the event, the speakers, or the GHES and GHH seminar series please contact us at