International Health Development

International Health Development

Public health in all areas and at all levels is increasingly influenced by global considerations.

The learning and sharing for the development of effective policy, practice and research can be massively enhanced by engaging and collaborating with colleagues in all corners of the planet who face the same problems and issues in promoting and protecting the health of the people around the world. At the same time we can provide the know-how we have accumulated from our own experiences - tackling problems that have manifest themselves earlier than in other parts of the world; and developing successful programmes and projects.

The 'shrinking world' and increasingly globalised economy has provided both threats and opportunities for public health in areas such as management of infectious diseases; supporting sustainable development; ensuring a safe and secure food chain; addressing global warming and the continuing challenge of reducing health inequalities and promoting health equity both at home and abroad, amongst others. Addressing key determinants of health and wellbeing, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity and diet, and the alarming prevalence of non communicable diseases that have plagued us for decades, remains still a challenge both for developed and developing countries.

Situated within the European Union, European economic challenges and commitments; research and innovation programmes; and health and safety policies reflect on Wales and its population health. There are also a number of European funding opportunities, which can support and provide more resources to achieve our goals and priorities.

Public Health Network Cymru is situated within Public Health Wales Policy, Research and International Development Directorate, highlighting the strong link between this Network and the international health agenda in Wales. Through close work between the Public Health Network Cymru and the International Health Development Division, we aim to:

  1. Make Network members aware of new and emerging research evidence, practice and policies from around the world that is relevant to public health in Wales.
  2. Involve Network members in international health networks, developments and events to facilitate sharing of information, knowledge and experience and to enhance collaborations.
  3. Engage with Network members to shape the International Health Development agenda and identify good public health practices and assets across Wales to be promoted internationally.


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