European Perspectives on Global Health, the first-ever European policy glossary on global health, was presented by the EFC European Partnership for Global Health (EPGH) at the EFC Annual General Assembly and Conference in May.
Produced by a group of global health experts from Europe, Africa and the Americas, the glossary sets out a possible European agenda and strategy on global health and suggests areas in which Europe can have a significant impact in advancing the field, such as global health governance, and helping to create a public will among citizens and policymakers to take action on the threats and opportunities presented by global health questions.
The glossary will serve as the strategic framework for the EPGH to engage policymakers, foundations, the media, the academic community and health professionals’ organizations. It will also provide a tool for foundations to reflect on their own work, explore opportunities to take a global health perspective in their current programmes, and work collaboratively across countries and sectors in this field.
EPGH is developing a work programme covering the period until December 2007. The key priorities are establishing a structured dialogue with the European Commission, which would include the organization of a Eurobriefing on global health at the beginning of 2007; mapping European foundations’ global health work; and supporting the development of collaborative initiatives on specific elements of the global health agenda.
Set up at the end of 2004, EPGH seeks to create and influence political will to address global health challenges from a European perspective. The lead foundations are Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundación BBVA, the Madariaga European Foundation, the Nuffield Trust, Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Universal Education Foundation and the VolkswagenStiftung.