Global Health Histories

Lunchtime seminars series 2013

Seminar 67: Anti-microbial resistance (held at the WHO Regional office for Europe) - 11 January

Professor Gradmann’s presentation describes how the story of antibiotic resistance came to be framed in medicine and public health after World War Two. In particular it follows WHO sponsored initiatives from the 1950s onwards. Dr Lo Fo Wong talks about WHO's renewed efforts in the field of antimicrobial resistance, details of a more comprehensive approach and broader partnership than ever before, with WHO providing leadership and using its convening power.

Seminar 68: Global health leadership - 14 February

In this talk Dr Harman reflects on the role of leadership in global health history, drawing on a recent Wellcome Trust-sponsored workshop at Queen Mary, University of London, and offers different means of thinking about leadership and the implication of such meaning for the future of global health governance.

Seminar 69: Traditional Chinese medicine - 13 March

In this talk, Dr Xiaoping Fang examines the evidence within the broader history of medicine in revolutionary and post-reform China. He argues that rather than consolidating traditional Chinese medicine, the barefoot doctor program introduced modern Western medicine to rural China, effectively modernizing established methods and forms of care. Dr Qi Zhang of WHO’s Traditional and Complementary Medicine unit, provides the WHO perspective.

Seminar 70: NGO contributions to public health - 24 April

Dr Michael Jennings explains that the short-term perspectives of NGOs, their small-scale piecemeal engagement, and the extra demands they placed upon their voluntary actor partners, left little scope for the development of sustainable, national and accountable solutions to the health needs of a country. Dr Daniel Lopez-Acuna provides a historical overview of WHO’s engagement with NGOs in the pursuit of global health.

Seminar 71: Digital communications and health - 29 May

Professor Mark Blythe’s talk focuses on design approaches which support wellbeing for older people living in communal settings. It also describes the development and design of two research prototypes: the "Photostroller" and the "Prayer Companion". Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji discusses how digital communication has contributed to making health information more available and accessible to a wider range of people.

Seminar 72: Health law - 19 June

In this presentation Professor Richard Grimes will look at the extent to which the law can be used as a constructive tool in improving the health of individuals and that of the wider community. Mr. Gian Luca Burci discuss the complex interactions between health and many areas of international law and how the particular features of contemporary public health and of global health governance are actually shaping the production of new international norms.

Seminar 73: Medical tourism - 6 October

Across the world there are newly emerging patterns of consumption and production of healthcare services. Particular attention has been paid to rising flows of patients who are being treated outside of their national jurisdiction. Dr. Lunt’s talk focuses on emerging issues and knowledge relating to: individual patients; clinics and hospitals; and national health systems. Dr. Kelley offers the perspective from WHO on the current growth in medical tourism.

Seminar 74: Global health communication - 6 November

Health communication may be understood in different ways by different people and is now generally considered a vital part of all aspects of health including research, clinical practice, public health, global health and policy making. Deepthi Wickremasinghe speaks about health communication as a dynamic process between the deliverers and the recipients, in order to tailor effective health messages. Christine Feig talks about the role of World Health Organization in health communication.