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Successful WFAIGH  workshop on Academic Global Health


The workshop “Academic Global Health: Determining the State-of-the-art and the Way Forward” -organized by the World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health- was successfully  carried out  during the Geneva Health Forum on April 19th 2016.

With the objective of expanding interest in global health among a wide variety of professionals in the field of health, education, policies and many others, Lynda Wilson from the School of Nursing of the University of Alabama, USA moderated this workshop aiming to answer the following questions:


  • What is academic global health, and how does it differ from the general definition of global health and what are the implications of such definition?
  • What is the value of education in global health for students in low, middle, and high-­income countries?
  • What are existing educational global health resources and what are the gaps in those resources?
  • What content should be included in a comprehensive 21st century interdisciplinary and open-­access course on global health?



This 90-minute workshop consisted on four  10-minute presentations addressing the four questions listed above.  The  25 people attending the workshop  were able to contribute in discussions about the relevant main topics concerning Academic Global Health. These were, for instance, a proposed definition of Global Health; the value of global health education for students in low, middle and high income countries, the existing global health educational resources and gaps in resources and contents of an open access course  on planetary health.


The Global Health Education Working Group, in charge of preparing the workshop, included 12 members representing North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa:


1.       Philip Adongo, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, ASPHA

2.       Bettina Borisch, University of Geneva, World Federation of Public Health Associations

3.       Anthony Capon, International Institute of Global Health, United Nations University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4.       Nuria Casamitjana, Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal), Barcelona, Spain

5.       Liz Grant, Academy of Global Health, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

6.       Axel Hoffman, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland

7.       Thomas Krafft, Maastricht University, The Netherlands - EAGHA

8.       Ulrich Laaser, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bielefeld, Germany

9.       James Ouma, University of Kabianga, Kenya – ASPHA

10.   Helena Ribeiro, Faculty of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil - ALASAG

11.   Leonel Valdivia, School of Public Health, University of Chile

12.   Lynda Wilson, School of Nursing, University of Alabama, USA - CUGH


 Here you will find the power point presentation created for this workshop.

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