A global platform for an academic voice to influence policies on health and global governance mechanisms, to promote methodological development and research, and to share good practices in capacity building and educational innovations.

Mission

1. To build a global community of health academic institutions that promotes and implements trans-national and inter-regional collaboration in Global Health research and education and enhances the role of academic institutions  in the post - 2015 sustainable development agenda.

2. To develop equitable partnerships to advance training, education and research in Global Health, developing and disseminating good practices generated through such partnerships.

3. To support efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage through education, research and development of evidence-informed policies.

4. To forge collaboration between health and other disciplines and sectors such as veterinary medicine, agricultural sciences, ecology and environmental sciences, water and sanitation, architecture and urban planning, with the intention of promoting integration of health into research and policies of those sectors.

5. To generate better research evidence on the health implications of policies relating to international cooperation and governance, world trade, global environmental changes and food security and to promote the integration of evidence-based health priorities and concerns into these policies.

6. To promote education and training of the professional workforce about public and global health issues and to achieve standards and credentials with cross-nation credibility. 

 

General Information

There has been rapid growth in the number of academic institutions around the world developing expertise relevant to addressing the pressing challenges of improving population health both nationally and globally.
This growing body of expertise includes the recognized disciplines of tropical medicine and public heath but also extends beyond their traditional boundaries to address global challenges to health.
These challenges transcend national borders and include: weak and fragmented global health governance; global environmental threats to health such as climate change; impacts on health of global policies in other sectors such as trade or agriculture; and diseases that can spread around the world such as pandemic influenza.

Description

There are a number of regional bodies that coordinate academic institutions with an interest in public health and global health.
However, there is currently no global representative body in which these institutions work together to provide evidence to inform policies on global health issues, act as a forum for exchange of views on relevant issues, or to coordinate collaborative activities on issues of relevance to global health.

I was thus agreed to launch a World Federation comprising all the regional networks. This, for the first time, gives a global platform for an academic voice to influence policies on health and global governance mechanisms, to promote methodological development, and to share good practices in capacity strengthening and educational innovations.

 

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