Health without borders

Spring and summer 2014

The Center for Global Health at the medical university Karolinska Institutet and the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship brought together a highly skilled and interdisciplinary group of people to develop a platform for their center.

Global Health, or health without borders, is by nature an interdisciplinary issue. Health is affected not only by the quality of the healthcare system, but also by environmental, political and cultural factors. How can researchers all over the world exchange their findings and work together on solutions for diseases like AIDS and Malaria, do they even want to collaborate?

For several months we worked on the development of the Center for Global Health. We used methods like design thinking, systems design, creative problem solving and interdisciplinary leadership to bring this project to a success.

At the end of the project, the group travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to meet the faculty of the medical university of Stellenbosch. Here the group presented their project and also facilitated a workshop around the topic of the creation of a double degree Ph.D. program between Stellenbosch and Karolinska Institutet. In this workshop they used methods from fields as design thinking, systems design and future forecasting.

It was a great opportunity for the group to test their skills in an unknown environment and learn from the differences and diversity around the beautiful Table Mountain.

Group members Jonas Fuks, Benjamin Garzon, Giulia Gaudenzi, Ketevan Kandelaki, Max Kleijberg, Jordan Lane, Jonathan Mwangi, Edward Ofori Boamah, Ashwani Rathee, Bettina Schwalm, Erika Tanos, Wenjing Tao
Facilitators Taha Hirbod, Ronald Jones