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Event Report - History, Culture and Global Health Sustainability

Posted on 22 March 2019

The recording of GHH 120, the first such event to be held at Hughes Hall, is now available via the CGHH YouTube page

On Thursday 14 March 2019, Global Health Histories Seminar 120 took place at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, the first such event to be held there in a collaboration between Hughes Hall and the WHO Global Health Histories initiative. For those who were unable to join the seminar, either in person or online, the recording of this event is now available on CGHH's YouTube channel.

 Global Health Histories Seminar 120 poster

The purpose of this seminar was to stoke discussion on the issue of how, and what, history and culture can contribute to global health sustainability. The pannelists approached this from a variety of angles: Dr Nils Fietje (WHO Regional Office for Europe) described the WHO Cultural Contexts of Health project and how history, culture and literary analysis is helping the World Health Organization in its global mission. Dr John Manton’s presentation drew on research processes and agendas in history of medicine devised with his colleagues in Nigeria, Cameroon, and The Gambia during the past two decades, explaining how these have led to new understandings of how health systems work and look from the inside, to patients and practitioners, and how historical processes and cultural responses can both haunt and enrich our sense of what needs sustenance in global health today. The audience also heard from Dr Aliko Ahmed (Associate, Hughes Hall & Director PHE, East of England) and Dr Arthur Hibble  (Senior Member and Tutor, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge) who moderated the discussion. The panellists and moderators were then joined by Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya for a lively question and answer discussion with the audience.

We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to colleagues at Hughes Hall for their hospitality and for making this a fascinating event which could be enjoyed by the audience in the room but also an online one as well. We would also like to acknowledge the continued support of the Wellcome Trust to Global Health Histories series.

Information about future Global Health Histories events can be found on our events page. Where possible all events are livestreamed and recorded.