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Fondation Universitaire Stichting

11 Rue d'Egmont

1000 Bruxelles


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Join us for our second student-led seminar from the Interuniversity Masters in Global Health to meet and discuss with experts and students!

About this event

Global health and its context have evolved radically in the recent decades with globalization, population growth, and technological evolutions. In an increasingly complex world, global threats have a multifaceted impact and can exacerbate inequity. This seminar ‘Rethinking Global Health’ aims to highlight novel approaches that can inspire professionals from different disciplines to understand and address these wicked problems.

Sustainability thinking in global health

A common problem with global health interventions is their abundance of good intentions and efforts, but lack of sustainability. How can we ensure that the interventions are sustainable over time and unforeseen side effects are reduced? Looking at global health interventions from a justice perspective can be helpful. Who benefits and who is harmed? What is the power balance between different stakeholders in decision making? Are all parties recognized in their particular knowledge and position?

Bottom-up thinking in global health

A widely accepted assumption when discussing global health governance is that the lack of a ‘global government structure’ with coercive power is a problem in achieving our goals. International conventions with mandatory goals are ‘the next best thing’. But is it, are they? Wouldn’t a bottom-up approach with the possibility of policy diffusion be more sustainable and timely?

Complexity thinking in global health

Linear causal thinking, promoted by Western empiricist scientific thinking, is responsible for much of the progress in recent history. Nevertheless, with the rise of global problems, like climate change and the recent pandemic, the importance of systems and complexity thinking is becoming increasingly evident. How can we apply these approaches when thinking about global health interventions? How can we take a complex context into account without drowning in it?

We invite you to rethink Global Health and share your vision for its future in this seminar.

We are happy to announce our first confirmed speakers:

Prof. Kristien Michielsen from Ugent

Prof. Jean Macq from UCLouvain

Dr. Nidhi Nagabhatla from UNU-CRIS

The complete programme will be announced soon!

**PLEASE NOTE** this registration link is only for those who will join the event in person in Brussels. For those unable to join, we will share recordings of our insightful seminar afterwards.

Doors will open at 13:00H

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