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Globvac2021, 20-21 April. The New Landscape of Global Health

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The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the vulnerabilities of all countries, and the potential strength of working together to find solutions. Investing in research and health systems is building resilience, it is generating knowledge and putting systems in place before an outbreak comes. Building partnerships across research institutions in peacetime is essential.

Illustrasjonsbilde. Copyright: Forskningsrådet
Illustrasjonsbilde. Copyright: Forskningsrådet

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the vulnerabilities of all countries, and the potential strength of working together to find solutions. Investing in research and health systems is building resilience, it is generating knowledge and putting systems in place before an outbreak comes. Building partnerships across research institutions in peacetime is essential.


John Nkengasong, director of Africa CDC names the disease burden in Africa for a 'Syndemic' of Emerging diseases, Endemic diseases, NCDs and remaining challenges connected to Maternal and Neonatal conditions. He will be one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Globvac2021 conference 20 - 21 April. Together with a number of high-level speakers and interesting plenary and parallel sessions, the Globvac2021 conference will look back at what has been achieved in global health research and look forward to identifying unmet needs and research questions.

The Conference is arranged this year by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health together with the University of Oslo, on behalf of the Research Council of Norway.

Remember to register. The Conference is free of charge.

A number of new themes and topics have appeared since the first Globvac call on global health and vaccination research was announced some 16 years ago. The global burden of disease is increasingly moving towards non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the burden of mental health, injuries and chronic diseases put pressure on already weak health systems in many LMICs. Still infectious diseases pose the greatest burden of disease to the poorest populations of the world, especially in the Sub-Saharan African countries. The burden is unevenly distributed and is directly related to poverty and poor living conditions. Since the launch of Globvac the world has witnessed a digital and mobile technology revolution. Access to information and new solutions to health surveillance and treatment has reached not only the rich, but also the poorer populations in low resourced settings.

The Globvac conference was planned for May last year, but was postponed until April 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The overarching theme of the conference will be the changing landscape of the Global Health in the 21st century. With this conference, we want to present and celebrate results and achievements in global health research over the last decades, while looking into the next decade. What will be the main challenges in the years to come? How can the future research agenda build upon what has been done and achieved, while focusing on the unfinished agenda and the unmet needs of the low- and lower-middle income countries (LLMICs). What are the opportunities that new technologies will bring and how can we work more effectively across sectors, boundaries and research disciplines in the future?

Globvac objective and themes

The primary objective of the Globvac Research Programme has been to support high-quality research with potential for high impact that can contribute to sustainable improvements in health and health equity for people in LLMICs. The main thematic areas of the programme are:

  1. Prevention and treatment of, and diagnostics for, communicable diseases, particularly vaccine and vaccination research.
  2. Family planning, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health
  3. Health systems and health policy research
  4. Innovation in technology and methods development

At this final conference of the Globvac programme, symposia, posters and plenaries will present results from Globvac-supported research from the entire Globvac period. Parallel to this we have invited world renowned scientist within global health who will point to the future direction of global health research, related to areas like antimicrobial resistance, global health preparedness, climate change, digital health, migrant health, one health, evidence-based global health and innovations in global health.

The Norwegian government, through the Norwegian Research Council, has now established a new Global Health Research program for the next ten years. More information about this at the conference.

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Chair Globbvac2021, Frode Forland