Global Health Histories: Information for health – “A world that counts?”

In today’s world, an enormous amount of information about our life (and death) is being recorded as data. We are surrounded by numbers, from statistics on well-being and quality of life to epidemiological data that can help fight disease and even predict epidemics. In fact, a recent United Nations report about mobilizing the data revolution to support sustainable development describes our world as “a world that counts”.

However, many important social, political and cultural factors influence the process of collecting, producing, analysing and managing quantitative data. This panel discussion will explore the cultural contexts of data and the powerful potential for – and possible pitfalls of – ruling the world by numbers.

The seminar will take place on Thursday 22 June 2017 from 12:30 to 14:00 CEST (Copenhagen and Paris time) and will be streamed live from UN City, Copenhagen.

The speakers are:

  • Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom;
  • Dr Claudia Stein, Director, Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation, WHO/Europe; and
  • Professor Morten Jerven, Professor of Development Studies, Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Access the invitation here: Global Health Histories Seminar

Join in the discussion

The discussion will be tweeted live and a selection of questions will be put to the speakers. Send your questions using the webcast link below or tweet them to @who_europe, using the hashtag ‪#‎GHHistories.

If you are unable to join the live seminar, you can put questions to the experts via the WHO/Europe Facebook page.

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