Press Release from Umeå University

Call for commitment to global health in The Lancet

[2013-06-14] In an article in The Lancet, Peter Byass, professor at Umeå University and colleagues call for greater worldwide commitment to global health. The starting point is The Stockholm Declaration on Global Health that will be a beacon for further concrete efforts to improve human health conditions in an increasingly globalized world.

The purpose of the UN Millennium Development Goals is to improve the lives of the world's poor. This means that more people will be able to do what seems natural for those in wealthier countries, to feed themselves, go to school and have access to clean water. The Stockholm Declaration for Global Health presents what must be done beyond the Millennium Development Goals deadline of 2015 in the health sector, looking ahead to the period when today's youth will be in the midst of life.

In the declaration, which emerges from a project led by the Centre for Global Health Research at Umeå University and the Swedish Society of Medicine, future global health targets from a Swedish perspective are laid out.

- The declaration is important because it provides an opportunity to promote equitable global health and boost research in the field in a global perspective. It is hoped that the declaration will provide a response in the world so that more countries take responsibility for improving the health situation for the young people in the world, says Peter Byass.

The project also included, among others, Peter Friberg, President of the Swedish Society of Medicine, Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, Robert Beaglehole, Emeritus Professor, The University of Auckland and Ruth Bonita, Professor Emeritus, The University of Auckland, Hannah Akuffo, Assistant Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Professor Stig Wall, Umeå University.

For more information, please contact:
Peter Byass, Professor of Global Health
Phone: +46 76-787 30 07
E-mail: peter.byass@umu.se

The Stockholm Declaration on Global Health, article in The Lancet.

Read more abot the The Stockholm Declaration on Global Health.

Editor: Mattias Grundström Mitz

Link to news:
http://www.medfak.umu.se/english/news//.cid217921