Global Health

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Global Health – research and innovation to tackle global challenges

They are simply part of human existence: illnesses and pandemics have accompanied humankind for thousands of years. They have changed societies time and time again. Each year, millions of people around the world suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, mental health issues, cancer or infections caused by viruses like coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Health is a human right

Globalisation, climate change and migration are three key factors that have a growing impact on global health. Without extensive global health protection there can be no positive social, political and economic development. Health therefore needs to be viewed from a global perspective, promoting and strengthening joint worldwide activities. Health is a central human right.

Germany is investing in global health research

The German government firmly believes that global challenges can only be resolved jointly and is committed to international and interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of global health. Research and innovation play an important role in this context. From 2016 to 2020, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research made nearly 510 million euros in funding available for research on global health research. The main research issues in Germany are the human-animal-environment interface, antimicrobial resistances, vaccine research, food security, and neglected and poverty-related tropical diseases.

In our Global Health spotlight, you will discover how researchers and other players in Germany are contributing to improved health around the world with their international and interdisciplinary work.

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Improving medicine with artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important in medicine. Read more about how algorithms might assist medical personnel here.

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Digital Health: podcasts, clips, papers

Visit the online platform of InnoHealth USA's German R&D Tour to download the wide variety of materials available to you until December 11, 2021. Register for free here!

Interview with Dr Andreas Kuhn

Interview with Dr Kuhn, senior vice president of BioNTech

Watch our new spotlight for an interview with Dr Andreas Kuhn, senior vice president of BioNTech.


Number of the Month

Check out our number of the month for November!

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How viruses can attack cancer cells

A research group in Tübingen has teamed up with international research partners to work on an ingenious and highly promising approach to treating cancer.

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Mapping the brain

Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich are making vital contributions to the international “Human Brain Project”. Learn more about this project in our new spotlight!

Read more about projects and the people working in the field of global health: