About the event:
How can the working groups of the Global Health Hub Germany (GHHG) contribute to current and future global health challenges, and what initiatives and projects already exist within the hub community? These questions have been guiding the first Week of the Working Groups 2021, an event week of online activities, which took place from March 22nd - 25th, 2021.
Giving GHHG working groups an open space to showcase their work and promoting cross-sectoral and cross-actor exchange among German global health actors have been central aims of the GHHG’s first “Week of the Working Groups 2021”. Over the course of 4 days, hub members and other interested participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas on current global health issues and get insights on the work of the 16 different hub working groups.
Let’s get started – Kicking-off the Week of the Working Groups 2021
“After two years, the Global Health Hub Germany has achieved several milestones”, Caroline Schmutte, Co-Chair of the GHHG Steering Committee and Head of the Wellcome Trust office in Berlin, explains during her welcoming speech at the Week of the Working Groups’ opening session. One of those milestones is the formation and continuous work of 16 active working groups in the hub, working on issues that range from Global Mental Health to Antimicrobial Resistance and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Almost 1/3 of all hub members are active in at least one out of 16 different working groups. This underlines that they are the “backbone” of the hub: “The working groups are the place where all the expertise and the energy of the hub lies”, Caroline Schmutte describes.
How to use this existing expertise and energy even further, creating long-term value for various stakeholders and informing German global health policy, has been the panel discussion’s focus between members of the Steering Committee and Co-Coordinators of GHHG working groups during the week’s opening session. Specifically, the development of concrete products by hub working groups in the future was discussed as a central element of the hub’s overall impact. “There are a lot of good ideas around, and we need to concretize these ideas soon within the working groups,” says Sid Peruvemba, member of the GHHG Steering Committee
From Global Child Health to Ethics in Global Health - Showcasing expertise and diversity in the GHHG
The diversity of perspectives and the multi-sectoral approach to global health, as lived by the hub community, was also present in the nine different sessions organized by hub working groups during this week of events. Whereas the five working group meetings focused on getting to know other members, developing concrete work plans, and defining internal next steps, the four webinar sessions gave participants an opportunity to learn about current themes in global health research and practice. Issues discussed were the impact of COVID-19 on global mental health and specifically the health and well-being of children, the benefits of an integrated approach to fight NTDs and Malaria, and technical advancements in the field of pandemic preparedness.
To learn more about the concrete outcomes and next steps of each of the participating working groups, please have a look at the event documentation.
Looking back and moving forward
The Week of the Working Groups 2021 ended with the opportunity for all interested hub members to participate in a virtual marketplace, in which eight working groups presented concrete outcomes and discussed the current and future role of hub working groups. “The working groups of the hub are key in identifying challenges and findings pathways to close knowledge gaps in global health, providing expertise in a diverse range of global health areas”, Paul Zubeil, Deputy Director General at the Directorate European and International Health Politics at the Federal Ministry of Health, says during his concluding remarks.
How to join a GHHG working group:
You want to contribute your expertise, develop solutions for current and future global health challenges, and you are eager to connect and share knowledge with other experts from different sectors? Then join one (or even several) of the GHHG Working Groups via our website.