Celebrating World Health Day 2020

Each year on 7 April, countries across the globe mark World Health Day, a day to raise awareness of and celebrate successes in the areas of health, medicine and care. This year’s theme aligns with 2020 being the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, highlighting the critical role nurses and midwives play in keeping the world healthy.

On this day, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all nurses, midwives, doctors and other healthcare professionals in the National Health Service (NHS) and beyond for the incredible work they do each and every day to help and heal, and for the resilience, selflessness and determination they are showing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would also like to express our deepest thanks to our University of Bristol colleagues who have stepped forward to provide support, expertise and materials to help in these trying times. This includes 220 final-year medical students who last week graduated early to enable them to work as doctors for the NHS and who will predominantly be working on hospital wards in the coming months.

Now more than ever, we – as a society and global community – are recognising the importance of innovation, collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches in tackling the world’s greatest challenges. At the University of Bristol, the Centre for Health, Humanities and Science (CHHS) aims to develop world-class research through combining the individual strengths and nuances of its core areas. By exploring a problem or research question through these different disciplinary lenses, innovative approaches can be developed, thereby creating a step-change in global impact that could not have been achieved with each discipline in isolation.

Here we take a look at three upcoming projects funded by the Wellcome Trust* which will enable Centre academics from a variety of disciplines within Health, Humanities and Science to work together to provide fresh perspectives on and innovative solutions to key issues.

 *The awarded funds for the projects come from The Medical Humanities strand, which is generously funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the University of Bristol’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) 3 funding, administered by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research

The Centre is funded equally by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and the Faculty of Arts.

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