Eastern Europe/Central Asia Regional Training Courses

Regional Spring School on Global Health
Tbilisi, Georgia

Significant political developments in the late 20th century resulted in altering political boundaries in parts of Europe and Asia. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia more than 20 new sovereign states with the total population of over 300 million emerged on the vast territory from the Balkans to the Caucasus and Central Asia. During the last 30 years, this cluster of countries, often referred to as "Eastern Europe/Central Asia" (EECA), have witnessed unprecedented acceleration of globalisation and experienced all its positive and negative effects, including those affecting the population's health.

Development of regional trade agreements, scaling-up regional transportation networks, free movement of people and goods across countries, forced migration due to regional military conflicts and humanitarian catastrophes, regional defence initiatives, common environmental and climate issues and other processes create health-related risk-factors specific to this region, which require regional cooperation and joint planning of actions.

In this context, important role of global health, as the newly emerging and rapidly growing area of practice, which sets the frame for conceptual, technical and operational understanding of how countries and key health stakeholders can best preserve human health in the globalised world, can not be overstated in this region.

Effective international cooperation on health requires possession of robust knowledge of the current and emerging health issues and good understanding of health cooperation mechanisms among countries. However, in the EECA region, currently there is not a single university that offers a professional degree in global health.

The EECA Regional School of Global Health is an attempt to partly fill this gap. The School, taught jointly by IOGH staff and internationally renowned faculty from leading academic centers, is offered annually. This is an intensive, non-degree short course, which covers major topics of global health and introduces global health research methods. Its audience includes public health/global health graduate students, as well as practitioners from the government, non-government and academic sectors, from the EECA region and beyond.