Global health

09 May 2012

Researchers from the Centre for Health and International Relations, Aberystwyth University, will review and discuss how globalisation is changing global patterns of health and disease at Chatham House in London this Friday (11 May).

The Chatham House meeting will be in front of a prestigious academic and policy-oriented audience from the UK, Europe, US and Africa. 

This will be the first in a series of dissemination events presenting the findings of a four year European Research Council-funded project which has taken an innovative approach to the study of global health governance (GHG) and the ways in which competing ideas about health impact upon policy making.

The project team has been led by Professor Colin McInnes from Aberystwyth University and Professor Kelley Lee at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Simon Rushton and Dr Owain Williams, both from Aberystwyth, have also been heavily involved in researching the project. 

Professor McInnes explains, “We have been exploring this policy space with the aim of better understanding and explaining why progress on effective global health governance has been so difficult.

“We have demonstrated how different visions of health inform interests and determine pathways of response. These competing visions make global health governance a politically charged arena characterised by competition as well as cooperation.”

Four pressing contemporary global health issues will be examined at the Chatham House event: access to medicines, tobacco control, pandemic influenza and HIV / AIDS.

The mission of Chatham House is to be a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all. Chatham House was founded in 1920 and is based in St James' Square, London.