Cancer, diabetes, and heart conditions among other non-infectious or non-communicable diseases have dramatically increased in our societies. Hence, some of the pressing questions of our times include: Why did non-infectious diseases widely spread in the past decades? How do local forms of life style and nutrition influence such an increase? How do traditional and cultural conceptions about illness, healing, medicines, and food relate to these diseases?
Health and medical conditions are embedded within an increasingly complex, globalized, and multifactorial context. Therefore, the need for an interdisciplinary approach to these diseases is respected by our working group. AGYA members come together in this working group from different disciplines, such as public health, medical, biological, pharmaceutical, environmental, nutritional as well as psychological, historical, and socio-cultural sciences. The “Health and Society” Working Group aims at mapping, exploring, and comparing the contemporary health challenges faced by societies in both Germany and the Arab World as well as by immigrant communities in these countries. We also examine how culture-specific health policies and legislation impact the general health and wellbeing of citizens and how health programs can be improved by taking into account the social and ethical dimension of health.