‘200 million lives saved: Smallpox eradication 40 years on’
In December 1979, an independent, international committee declared the world free of smallpox; an achievement many had considered impossible. This webinar will involve former smallpox eradicators and historians to present a multi- faceted and nuanced view of smallpox eradication, and the socio-cultural contexts that made the eradication dream a reality.
’A good death? The cultural contexts of palliative care’
End of life care aims to help people live and die with dignity. Cultural norms, beliefs and expectations heavily influence how this can be achieved and what constitutes a 'good death.’ This webinar investigates the diverse relationships that exist between cultural contexts and palliative care practices.
‘Man Up’: Masculinities and mental health help-seeking behaviours
Masculinities, socially constructed ideas of what it is to be a man, are described as barriers to men seeking mental health support and also impact upon women in a variety of ways. This webinar investigates the relationships between culturally influenced notions of ‘masculinity’, men’s mental health help-seeking behaviors and gender equality.
A bridge to better health care: cultural mediators in refugee and migrant health care
Migration flows constitute a defining element of our time, with a consistent rise in the number of migrants and refugees in the WHO European Region. International migrants now form 10% of the Region’s population, 90.7 million people. This increase in the number of refugees and migrants has gone hand in hand with an increase in the number of cultural mediators, in some countries.
Safety and society: cycle helmet debates
With the popularity of cycling soaring across Europe, many countries see cycling as a way to promote well-being and reduce environmental pollution. But there are varying cultural debates around whether cyclists should be made to wear helmets. This webinar draws together figures from medicine, academia, and cycling activism to discuss whether helmets should be made compulsory.
Transgender experiences: culture, classification and care
Featuring a range of speakers from academia, policymaking, health services, and activist organizations, the webinar will explore the implications of this change for the support available for individuals undergoing gender identity transition, taking into consideration differences across time and cultural contexts.
Waste and wellbeing: cultural waste disposal practices and health
Individual and community cultural attitudes towards waste determine what we consume, how we consume it and how we dispose of the waste generated. This webinar investigates the relationships between culture in different contexts, waste management practices and related health outcomes.
GHH101: A world that counts?
In today’s world, an enormous amount of information about our life (and death) is being recorded as data. This seminar explores the cultural contexts of data and the powerful potential for (and possible pitfalls of) ruling the world by numbers.