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Global Health Night

Climate change and habitat destruction are a threat to human health. Our future is intertwined with global systems, our welfare dependent on the rest of the planet. Technology has long been an essential tool for the development of our society while simultaneously supporting the exploitation of our planet.

Are we able to harness the power and potential of technology to ensure planetary health for the future? Will technology balance out as a force for good for planetary health?

With key-note speeches from Carlos Faerron (director of the Planetary Health Alliance) and Elina Eriksson (Associate Professor at KTH and expert on human-technology interaction), followed by a dynamic debate and panel discussion, the evening is guaranteed to present new perspectives.

This is a call to action for young professionals and students of all backgrounds – let’s work for solutions to make planetary health sustainable for us all. There is no planet B.

WHEN: November 25th at 17:00 CEST

Open Call: Oral Health Prevention

Our Tanden Frisk project aims to help prevent and control oral hygiene diseases and conditions by raising awareness and providing knowledge among socioeconomically deprived groups in Sweden. Through this project we want to create a community interested in these topics and start a series of discussion around global oral health.

So, if you want to become part of an engaging community, please contact Tanden Frisk () and let us know about you!

Open Dialogue: Social Innovation for Planetary Health

With the aim to address discoordinated practices in the world of social innovation, this inaugural dialogue offers a space to foster the development of a common language and culture for social innovation for Planetary Health, and set the basis for a vision of network collaboration. Co-facilitated by practitioners from different cultural and geographical latitudes, including our SOGH Director Gio, this open dialogue aims to group diverse actors interested in the concept of social innovation for Planetary Health, listen to their definitions and practices, and set the ground for future conversations.

Dialogue hosted by the Planetary Health Alliance, and co-sponsored by the Swedish Organization for Global Health; Sunway Centre for Planetary Health; Planetary & Global Health Program, St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine; Planetary Health Philippines; and The Sustainability Laboratory.

WHEN: October 6th at 14:00-15:30 CEST

SOGH Open Meeting – What if Global Health was out of date?

SOGH invites you to a critical discussion on the current understanding of Global Health and how it could be improved in the future. We will cover issues that even question the existence of an NGO like ours. You will have the chance to choose from 3 different topics depending on your unique interest. Three current and essential Global Health topics will be open for discussion: Planetary health transitiondecolonising global health and philantrocapitalism.
If you are up to the challenge, join us!
WHEN: September 23rd at 18:30 CEST

100 Days of Possibility

Our Environmental Sustainability Manager, Christina, shares a new initiative launched on Earth Overshoot Day 2021 

With July 29th, 2021, we have just passed the Earth Overshoot Day. While it sounds somewhat depressing, this day actually marks the start of the 100 Days of Possibility, a project initiated by the Global Footprint Network, Schneider Electric and the Scottish EPA. Within these 100 Days of Possibility the focus lies on solutions for reducing our global ecological footprint and finding a balance for more sustainable uses of natural resources so that our ecosystem can recover. Therefore, “representatives of national governments will gather 100 days from now at what has been deemed the last-chance summit for global climate action – the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.” The main issues raised concern sustainable cities, energy, and food (production, transportation, and consumption), with solutions presented from around the world.

Sustainability is not only a governmental concern, we as a small organization as well as individuals have an impact on the ecosystem. At SOGH we cautiously follow the global discussions on environmental sustainability since it has strong implications, not only on (global) health but also on entire health systems and their developments. With projects in Sweden and Uganda we face many challenges on a daily basis – from matters of finance to waste disposal. You can learn more about our aims and thoughts here.

But also as individuals we have a myriad of decisions to make and often end up with a struggle between convenience (be it laborious or financial) and environmental sustainability. Nonetheless, we all know that if we don’t use this chance for change – these days of possibility – everything will become quite inconvenient in our near future: think about a world which is determined by air-, water-, soil pollution, where land and resources are scarce and fought over, and where chronic and infectious diseases are on the rise. We are not saying you need to devote your whole life to saving the earth. What we are saying is, there are solutions available that can make the difference! Look at these cases spanning the globe and use this opportunity to push your government to act in favor of a more sustainable future. If you want to do something yourself, use their free guide to improve your personal sustainability.

Keep your mind, eyes and ears open for all the amazing and brilliant solutions that will help us push back the date of our planet’s uninhabitability <3

Support Health Workers in Uganda

Several of our board members have graduated this year and have decided to celebrate their achievement by supporting one of our Ugandan partners, One Village At A Time (OVAAT). OVAAT manages a youth center at the Luuka District, South East Uganda, which has become one of the main points of health assistance in the area since COVID-19 cases have seen a dramatic increase in the last month. Unfortunately, PPE like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and soap are lacking, putting especially health workers in danger while trying to assist the people coming to the center. Moreover, access to vaccines is limited.
Please join us in celebrating our graduates and help us by donating to our fundraise in support of OVAAT and the Ugandan health workers! 

Debunking Myths around Menstrual Hygiene

Did you know that in many places across the World, cooking or handling food items while on your period is believed to ruin the taste of the food?
Have you come across myths and taboos that you think may not actually be true?
Do you want to test your knowledge on menstrual hygiene?
For the celebration of the International Menstrual Hygiene Day, on the 28th of May, SOGH and SNIH have decided to organize a funny and hopefully insightful lunch quiz! Join us for your lunch break, in order to learn new things and discuss a topic which is still too much overlooked!
WHEN: Friday May 28th, 12:30-13:15 CEST

The Swedish Global Health Podcast Episode

Listen to our SOGH director Gio talk about the organization and the role of students in global health advocacy on the Swedish Global Health Podcast. You can find the episode in the link below!

Work-life Conflict and Mental Health

Working adults have 24 hours available to them to perform daily activities. However, the increase in work demands, family demands, workloads, and financial responsibilities have created a situation where the work activities may spill over into other activities and vice versa. Work-life conflict may lead to mental health outcomes such as life dissatisfaction, burnout, stress, depression, anxiety, and other health related outcomes including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and mortality. SOGH believes that mental health is an important branch of healthcare and an aspect which is too often overlooked. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is to share knowledge, skills, and techniques of reducing work-life conflict and improving mental well-being.
WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 18-19PM CEST