Health Equity, Theories of Justice, Social Epidemiology, Multisectoral Approaches for Health – new term and sessions

This term – summer 2017 – we will dedicate our meetings to Global Health Equity – From Theories of Justice to Multisectoral Approaches for Health Impact. 

The introductory session will take place on Thursday 11th of May at 8 pm, followed by bi-weekly sessions, where we discuss relevant articles and their implications. Some will also feature knowledgeable individuals from research and policy as invited speakers. Stay tuned for a more refined schedule to be circulated soon. If you are interested in attending or learning more about our work, please send us an email to!

First Session WiSe2016

Please join us for this semester’s Global Health AG:

Tuesday, 25.10 at 7pm,
Seminarraum 2 Innere Medizin, Sauerbruchweg 2, CCM

We will be looking at Kenia’s health system with three main focuses:
1. Health System Financing + Ethical Analysis
2. Historical Background + Political Economy
3. Burden of Disease + Health Care Delivery

Further, we look forward to a cooperation with the Public Health Student Group Nairobi.

Please join us on Tuesday or get in touch for more information.

Poverty Inc.: Screening and panel discussion

Global Health AG and AG WelcomeMed, in cooperation with f.ize (Forum Internationale Zusammenarbeit für nachhaltige Entwicklung), invite you to a screening of the award-winning documentary, Poverty, Inc. on Tuesday, July 5th at 7:00 PM in Kopsch-Hörsaal (lecture hall) Charite Campus Mitte, Philippstraße 12, 10115 Berlin.

Watch the trailer

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with the following panelists:

  • MP Uwe Kekeritz (Bündnis 90 die Grüne, Commitee of Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Heino Güllemann (Deutsche Plattform für Globale Gesundheit)
  • Peter Rauch (Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Free University Berlin)
  • Moderated by: Susanne Neubert (Director, Centre for Rural Development Humboldt University Berlin)

Poverty, Inc. has earned 40 international film festival honors including a “Best of Fests” selection at IDFA Amsterdam – the biggest documentary festival in the world. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

For more information on this event, please view the invitation flyer (PDF) or visit our site on

Note: There has been a change in the location. The event now takes place in Kopsch-Hörsaal (instead of Oscar-Hertwig-Hörsaal)!

Global Health Systems: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

On our next session, we look at the topic of

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

There exists many health system analyses on how to improve the efficiency or effectiveness of respective system. However, implementing those suggestions often prove difficult as the interaction between different federal and private institutions influence the process of decision-making. Next week, we will take a look at the organizations involved, with our focus on the tobacco industry. If you are interested, join us on Tuesday 28th June in Sauerbruchweg 3, Innere Medizin, Seminarraum 4.

Global Health Systems: Ethics in Public Health and Health Systems

Listed under Goal 3.8 of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is the following target:

“Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all”

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is thus an essential goal to improving “(Good) Health and Well-Being”. As Boerma et al. have worked out, monitoring UHC is a task that incorporates the following major indicators: Firstly, having complete health service coverage, which includes both treatment and prevention. Secondly, offering financial protection against catastrophic expenditure (high out-of-pocket-payments, compared to household resources) as well as impoverishing expenditure. Data can disaggregated to compare household differences by wealth, place of residence, or sex. These recommendations allow for uniform monitoring of country progress, in the hopes of achieving at least 80% health coverage and 100% financial protection by 2030.

Next week, we will cover a less pragmatic and a more ethics-oriented perspective on health systems. By applying different philosophical schools of thought, we will discuss an ethical framework for assessing health action and system. To tie up our session from last time, we are going start with country case studies on China, Bangladesh, Tunesia, India, and Thailand. If you are interested, come join us on our fourth session on Tuesday, 14th June at 7pm at Charité Campus Mitte, Sauerbruchweg 3, Innere Medizin, Seminarraum 4 to discuss

Ethics in Public Health and Health Systems

Side note: During the World Health Summit in May 2016, only the recommended tracer indicators regarding health service coverage by Boerma et al. were incorporated as actual indicators in measuring UHC. Due to constraints in data gathering, financial protection is now measured by the number of people covered by insurance.

Global Health Systems: Universal Health Coverage

We invite you to our third session on Tuesday, 31st May at 7pm at Charité Campus Mitte, Sauerbruchweg 3, Innere Medizin, Seminarraum 4 to discuss the topic

Universal Health Coverage

Last meeting, we discussed a proposal for an empirical way to measure health system performance as described by Murray. By identifying the main goals of health systems (health improvement, responsiveness, financial fairness), a common ground was created for discussing health system performance. The efficiency of such systems is evaluated by comparing goal attainment through health actions taken with their available resources. To explain intersystemic differences in efficiency, one has to consider the organizations and subsystems involved and their effectiveness in executing their respecting function.

With this framework in mind, we are going to look at the concept of Universal Health Coverage next week. We’ll discuss the definition of Universal Health Coverage (and its implications) as well as methods to monitor Universal Health Coverage in different countries. If you are interested, join us next Tuesday at our journal club!


Global Health Systems: 2nd session

Following our introductory session, the Global Health Student Group will be meeting on Tuesday, 17th May at 7pm at Charité Campus Mitte, Sauerbruchweg 3, Innere Medizin, Seminarraum 4 to discuss the topic

Market fails? Government fails? –  Comparison of health care organization models of two countries

What constitutes a health care system? How does one evaluate and compare the effectiveness of such systems? Join us to discuss these topics and more. After the session, we will be having a cosy get-together with beverages. Get in touch via for more information on the session and required readings.

Global Health Systems

We will be starting our next semester soon and will be focusing on:

Global Health Systems – Concepts, Challenges and Comparisons of Health System Organisation

The first introductory session will take place on Tuesday, 03.05 at 6pm at Charité Campus Mitte, Sauerbruchweg 3, Innere Medizin, Seminarraum 4. Join us or get in touch ( for further information.