Passionate about global health research

“Global health and vaccination is one of the Norwegian Government’s priority areas,” says Minister of Health and Care Services Jonas Gahr Støre. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

“Global health research forms an important part of the foundation for the Government’s health and care policies,” says Norway’s new Minister of Health and Care Services, Jonas Gahr Støre.

Mr Støre recently left the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs to take over as head of the Ministry of Health and Care Services. In doing so, he is assuming responsibility for efforts relating to a number of the country’s key social issues. Mr Støre has wide experience in the field of health and care services both nationally and globally; he served as Chief of Staff of the World Health Organisation and the Norwegian Red Cross.

Active interest in global health and vaccination

On just his fifth day as Minister of Health and Care Services, Mr Støre opened the Research Council of Norway’s conference on Global health and Vaccination research in Trondheim.

“Global health and vaccination is one of the Norwegian Government’s priority areas,” Mr Støre stated, adding that Norway is stepping up its efforts by doubling its contributions to the international vaccination fund, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

A pillar for the Government

Mr Støre also stressed the importance of the Research Council’s Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC).

“The GLOBVAC programme has been vital in increasing interest in global health and vaccination research in Norway. The programme’s research provides one of the pillars on which the Government formulates its policies,” said Mr Støre.
The GLOBVAC programme has now been extended to 2020. The Minister of Health and Care Services pointed out that during its second programme period, the programme will also incorporate research into health systems.

“This is a difficult field and it all comes down to devising systems that actually work. This is the key to analysing the challenges facing health services both in Norway and globally,” Mr Støre says.

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