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Charité Global Health

Charité Global Health

  • is the contact point for global health-related affairs at Charité for scientists and policymakers as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society
  • supports Charité researchers and students by facilitating the exchange of ideas and supporting funding acquisition, project implementation and communication
  • is a coordination, communications and service hub for global health at Charité

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Why Global Health?

What is Global Health?

Most challenges and aspects of health and disease do not respect national borders – they are relevant both globally and locally. New infections and antimicrobial resistance, a rise of chronic diseases which challenges health systems worldwide, and changes in society (urbanisation, armed conflict, migration) and the environment (climate change) have a massive impact on the health and wellbeing of people worldwide. While biomedical research makes great progress, about half of the world's population lacks access to fundamental health services. At the same time, technological advances open up new avenues of addressing these challenges.

Global health analyses transnational problems and determinants of health and disease and proposes solutions in teaching, research and patient care in an interdisciplinary way. It comprises both population-based prevention and individual patient care.

Global health is not exclusively focused on health in other countries, but has an important local dimension: New approaches in telemedicine developed in a transnational context, young German practicioners learning how to see and treat patients without hightech medicine, or health systems in the Global South that are better prepared for the outbreak of epidemics – all of these help local patients in Berlin, too.

What characterizes the Charité's approach to Global Health?

Global Health at the Charité

  • advocates for the improvement of health worldwide and health equity through the core values of Charité: helping hands, science-based medicine, responsibility, entrepreneurship, respect
  • links physicians, researchers, students, nurses and technical and administrative staff across all disciplines represented at Charité
  • is characterized by scientific and clinical excellence across a unique range of disciplines
  • focuses on biomedical and clinical issues without neglecting population-based issues
  • is implemented in the domains of teaching, research, patient care, capacity building and scientific policy advice
  • offers policymakers scientific advice regarding local and global helath issues and their interdependency
  • is reflected in active, eye-level partnerships with national and international partners, including the Global South
  • contributes to global solutions through its own expertise and interdisciplinary, international and intersectoral cooperation
  • features the World Health Summit as a well-established, highly visible platform to bring together science, business, policymakers and civil society

What kind of topics does Charité work on?

Numerous departments and institutes work on Global Health related projects. Now and in the future, Charité aims to contribute to

  • the fight against infectious diseases, non-comunicable diseases and neuropsychiatric diseases
  • improving virus diagnostics, patient safety and hygiene and better understanding the connection between human health, animal health and the environment
  • combating chronic diseases worldwide through improved diagnostics, therapy, prevention and disease management
  • improving neuropsychiatric care worldwide and gaining a better understanding of intercultural aspects of mental health and disease
  • strengthening global health education
  • building capacities in the Global South in the frame of university and hospital partnerships
  • developing strong partnerships with organisations and persons in the Global South
  • the Joint Global Action Plan of the World Health Organization for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Our Code of Conduct

Charité Global Health is a coordination, communications and service hub for global health at Charité. Charité Global Health advocates for the improvement of health worldwide and health equity through the core values of Charité: helping hands, science-based medicine, responsibility, entrepreneurship, respect.

Equity and non-discrimination

We strive to improve the health of all people, all over the world – regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, appearance or skin color, or national/religious/social background.

Cooperation

Charité Global Health links physicians, researchers, students, nurses and technical and administrative staff across all disciplines represented at Charité. We contribute to global solutions through our own expertise and interdisciplinary, international and intersectoral cooperation. Charité Global Health pursues active, eye-level partnerships with national and international partners, including the Global South. Partnerships supported by Charité Global Health need to demonstrate a clear benefit for all the partners involved.

Excellence

Charité Global Health is characterized by scientific and clinical excellence across a unique range of disciplines.

Respect


It is our principle to treat everyone with respect and consideration, to communicate openly and thoughtfully with others, and to be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different from our own. We do not permit any form of harassment, intimidation or discrimination, nor do we accept physical or verbal abuse.

Integrity

Corruption or bribery in any form will not be tolerated. This applies to all employees and partners.

Leadership

We expect the leadership of Charité Global Health to lead by example, to uphold and foster a culture of compliance, ethics and integrity, and to provide a secure and respectful environment.