The Human Health Education and Research Foundation (HHERF) was established in 2020 in London. The concept was developed at a time of international crisis by a leading group of international doctors and scientists to learn from past mistakes and prepare ahead of time for future challenges. We aim to build multi-sectoral, sustainable global health networks to ensure humanity works together to survive and thrive.
We are non-governmental, non-political and not-for-profit, and commit to full transparency of funding with the highest standards of governance. Our revenues are spent on education and research to improve health across the globe. The role of HHERF is to form a bridge between NGOs, foundations, communities, and governments. We enable best practice sharing and strive to minimize duplication of efforts. Our aim is to connect similar initiatives at global, regional and national levels to produce common outcomes.
The 2020 pandemic proved that there are no borders in disease and health. The number of cases and deaths has shown the fragility of our health systems and our vulnerability as a species. This wake-up call alerted us that the lack of involvement of major stakeholders severely restricted our ability to contain the pandemic. Among these are important industries including, but not limited to: Aviation, Media, Hospitality, Food and Beverages, Education and many others.
HHERF therefore aims to bring great minds together from all sectors, to share the latest research and debate future preparedness plans. We will focus on what can be done to protect the human race and to demystify the challenges. We will look at all areas affected by Covid-19 across supply lines, education, therapies, vaccines and the probability of future outbreaks. We will keep the public at the centre of our communication and educate based on detailed research and evidence base.
Our foundation is solidly grounded in the work of the WHO and UN. The WHO states, “HUMAN HEALTH is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The UN considers health as having a central place within their 17 stated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG3 states “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. Almost all of the other 16 goals are related to health.
HHERF has identified eight sectors impacting human health. They are: Poverty, Food, Healthcare, Education/Knowledge, Environment, Energy, Economy, and Industry. By bringing experts from these sectors together, we aim to develop a World Integrated and Sustainable Health Eco-System (WISHES). This eco-system will constitute a ground-breaking approach to tackling global health challenges.