21 November 2016

Worldwide Universities Network

Culturally specific interventions can directly benefit health in young people during their development, and also provide the basis to pass health benefit to the next generation. WUN. with associated HEIs in LMICs, will work with UNF, WHO and other agencies to: attract funding for research;  conduct research on potential markers of risk and interventions; engage in advocacy to influence  national and transnational policy priorities; and support national capacity building. Priority areas for the WUN Global Health Group include:

  • Defining biological mechanisms and markers underlying susceptibility vs. resilience to risk of NCDs, particularly in young people
  • Exploring interventions to promote health literacy and healthy behaviours in young people, within and outside formal educational settings, and linked to existing initiatives such as sexual health
  • Establishing specific NCD risk factors in populations exposed to environment change, e.g. migrants.

These initiatives will be integrated with WUN’s expertise in climate change for specific goal setting in food and nutrition security and health in the post-2015 development agenda.