Berlin – Nairobi Global HEART
Program to promote exchange on global health research topics between Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the University of Nairobi.
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The Berlin - Nairobi Global HEART Program combines health research, exchange and training. Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin School of Public Health (BSPH) cooperate with the University of Nairobi - Medical School and School of Public Health (UoN). The program started in 2021 with a duration of four years and aims to promote collaboration and exchange on global health research topics between Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and University of Nairobi.
The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of the DAAD PAGEL Program.
Background to Berlin - Nairobi Global HEART
Global health as a research and education discipline is still very young. It examines the connections and interactions between local and global social determinants of health worldwide. The relevance and scope of the topic is constantly increasing, not least due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, so that the Berlin - Nairobi Global HEART would also like to contribute to strengthening the disciplines.
To date, despite the international reach of global health research and teaching, much of the activity takes place at universities and institutions in the Global North, and many research papers on the topic are published by researchers from high-income countries. The so-called brain drain as well as structural imbalances in access to funding hinder the possibility of developing non-Northern solutions for global health. With the Global HEART Program, we encourage scientists, scholars and students to exchange ideas in order to improve research as well as teaching in their home countries and to stimulate an expansion of the expertise of all. The program is based on the principle of equal cooperation and exchange between the different partner institutions in Berlin and Nairobi.
Activities of the program
Global HEART consists of several components and sub-projects. In addition to continuing the research exchange for medical students, an exchange program for Master's students in the field of public health is also offered from 2022 to 2024. Furthermore, a teaching module for medical students on global health research was jointly developed and taught at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the University of Nairobi for the first time in 2022 and continues until 2024. In 2022, the elective module won the award for innovative teaching in the field of internationalization of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
In addition to the offers for students, further training and networking opportunities are provided for lecturers and researchers from both partner universities. An alumni program for all participants of the program is intended to strengthen the exchange in the field of global public health in the long term.
Global HEART and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
With its objectives, the Global HEART Program contributes effectively and sustainably to the UN's sustainability strategy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, the achievement of the third SDG "Health and well-being" is supported by the cooperation of various researchers, male and female doctors and the exchange of their expertise within the framework of the program. The fourth and fifth SDGs "Quality education worldwide" and "Gender equality" are targeted through the cooperation of universities and institutes. The 17th SDG "Global Partnership" is at the heart of the entire program. Global HEART aims to establish and promote long-term, equal and sustainable international cooperation.
Exchange skills and transcultural education are emphasised as core competencies for researchers and students in a global context and interdisciplinarity is promoted in the complex field of global health research. The Global HEART Program can serve as a pilot project for further cross-university institutionalised research collaborations and stimulate and support South-South collaborations in the longer term.