All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

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"At a time of rapid globalization and growing instability, global health is emerging as an important concept and has been adopted as a key policy theme by the UK Government.


The APPG on Global Health is connecting parliamentarians with a growing global health community of academics and civil society groups, to inform and improve policy in this vital area"

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Lord Nigel Crisp and Meg Hillier MP

Chairs of the APPG on Global Health

New report launched:

Improving Health at Home and Abroad: How overseas volunteering from the NHS benefits the UK and the world

July 2013


The final report of our review of overseas health volunteering from the UK has now been released. It addresses the role of NHS staff who volunteer overseas in advancing health globally and bringing new knowledge, skills and ideas back to the UK.


The report points to the opportunities that exist for the UK and developing countries from improving the scale and quality of volunteering programmes. It argues for three key actions to accelerate growth in the movement of mutually beneficial, effective global partnerships.


The executive summary and full report are available to download using the links below:

Improving Health at Home and Abroad

Closed: Call for submissions: Examples, evidence and ideas sought on patient empowerment around the world

November 2013


UK Parliamentarians, representing six All Party Parliamentary Groups and led by the APPG on Global Health, launched a global call for submissions as part of their ongoing review on ways to better engage and empower patients in their own care.


The call for submissions sought examples, evidence and ideas from around the world to help address the following two questions:








The call for submissions is now closed, but if you are interested in the ongoing review, you can still download the outline document (see link below). Further questions should be directed to

1. What could the UK learn from low, middle and high income countries in the way it empowers patients to play an active role in their healthcare?


2. What more could the UK be doing globally to promote and enable the empowerment of patients abroad (particularly in low and middle income countries)?

Annual Report of the APPG on Global Health 2012 - 2013

December 2013



Annual Report 2012-2013

APPG-GH submission to the Select Committee on the UK's soft power and influence

The House of Lords Committee on Soft Power and the UK's influence was set up in May 2013 to examine the use of soft power in furthering the UK's global influence and interests and to recommend ways that these might be improved and furthered.


Good health is vital to everyone around the world and to all nations, whether economically rich or poor. Its value in terms of global economics, security and development means that those with the knowledge and resources to improve health command a powerful asset and a high degree of influence.


The APPG on Global Health submitted a short paper to highlight how, as a leader in the science and delivery of healthcare, the UK carries significant influence with governments, businesses and local communities worldwide.


Our annual report for 2012 - 2013 is now available. You can download it using the link below.