Global Health Summer 2017
Climate Change, Violence and Health
The Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Germany (IPPNW) are hosts of the 7th Global Health Summer (August 19th-26th) in Berlin.
This year’s Summer School (August 20th-26th) explores the relationships between climate change, society and health in the light of rising levels of global warming and a changing international political landscape. During the week we will learn about the basics of climate science, the ways in which climate change is having and will have significant effects on human health. We will shed light on the history and the perspectives of international climate politics, climate justice, human security and learn about the "slow violence of climate change" (Rob Nixon). Most importantly we will address and discuss possible solutions, mitigation and adaptation strategies to global warming on different levels, and we will get to know concepts and pathways of decarbonisation and degrowth. We look at examples of „best practices“ in the health sector and will engage how we as citizens and members of the health community can have a positive impact.
A one-day Alumni meeting and network conference will be held on Saturday 19th.
Participants will gain a thorough understanding of issues related to climate change and health through interactive lectures, workshops, a simulation game as well as skills training.
Participant Voices 2016
What participants got out of participating in the Global Health Summer
Everlyne Achieng, medical student, Kenya: I am very grateful that I was enabled to attend this year’s Global Health Summer School. I must say it was an eye-opening experience for me, an opportunity to learn, interact and network. On behalf of the Summer School participants, I would like to sincerely thank IPPNW Germany and the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Summer School for a job well done. Congratulations! More
Jihad Suliman, media student, Syria/Germany: Enriching, informative and unique, this is how the Global Health Summer Schools’s experience was to me. The summer school gave me the opportunity to interact with open-minded and highly motivated young people who came from different cultures and backgrounds, young people who sat together and exchanged their experiences and discussed the topic from different aspects. Moreover, the lecturers were diverse in regard to their specializations and previous experiences, thus, more colorful brush strokes were added to the topic’s whole picture, as a result, my horizon was even more widened. More
Anna Kanitz, psychologist, Germany: The summer school opened the doors to deal with political violence and trauma from different perspectives. It was enriching to be part of an inspiring learning atmosphere and a young international group that encounters complex global health issues. The week encouraged me to keep on contemplating psychology not just as a medical concept but putting trauma in a political and social context – a tailwind to continue working on the grievance of the current health system.
Kelvin Kibet, medical student, Kenya: Diversity enriches - that’s the message that resonated with me all through. From the diverse group of participants, topics and vibrant speakers to the field visits that brought the lessons learnt to life. On the last evening, we visited an intercultural garden project where refugees from different cultures worked together as part of the healing and reconciliation process. I was deeply touched by this because it made me realize that sometimes what traumatized people really need is for their diversities to be accepted and integrated into our own, then healing follows!
Chung Ting Wang, medical student,Taiwan: The most impressive thing of the summer school is the energy from all participants. Through the whole week‘s course, workshop and discussion, I understood the issue from different perspectives and was inspired by my companions so much! There is still a long way to come to deal with the refugee issue. I am looking forward to the change by these admirable participants, and try to think what can Taiwan do on this issue in the globalizational world. It‘s so great that I‘m part of Global health Summer 2016!