WHO China Chief Representative to visit Yale

Special Seminar

Bernhard Schwartländer, MD, PhD

WHO Representative in China

3:00 PM Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Yale School of Public Health (YSPH)

60 College Street, Winslow Auditorium (Lower Level)


Health, Evidence and Politics – China between Blood Scandal, SARS and Global Health Leadership

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect a revolution in development. The world (finally) has started to overcome the decades old and long outdated idea of rich and poor nations, of North and South, and the idea that the challenges of mankind can be overcome by looking at discrete development programs or diseases, rather than at a healthy planet and healthy people. The world is investing hundreds of millions and made much progress in compiling evidence on health and health risks. Many schools of public health and global health have been established around the globe. A major institute on Global Health Metrics has been established, challenging established approaches. But why are we not acting? Because politics simply don’t follow evidence – unless it helps, or hurts, politically. What we need is more investment into the science of how evidence helps, and even more into the science of evidence that “hurts” politically. The science that starts with an analysis of why and how difficult decisions are made – or not?

The seminar offers an opportunity to discuss these matters based on the example of smoking as well as other health matters and public health in China – a country with exceptional complexities, challenges and opportunities.

Bernhard Schwartländer, MD, PhD is the WHO Representative in China. Before joining WHO in China, he served as Director for Evidence, Policy and Innovation at UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva and as the United Nations Country Coordinator on AIDS in Beijing, China. Prior to these assignments, Dr. Schwartländer held a number of senior international positions including as the Director for Performance Evaluation and Policy at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV Department, and as the Director of Evaluation and Strategic Information at UNAIDS. Dr. Schwartländer is a medical doctor and holds a doctorate in medical epidemiology. He received his education and professional training in Germany and the US at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sponsored by

YSPH Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

YSPH Department of Health Policy and Management

Global Health Justice Partnership

The Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School

YSPH Global Health Concentration

Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative