Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing was invited to perform and to give a welcome speech at the launch event of the Women in Global Health – Germany initiative at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on 12th January 2018.
Among the 100 high-level participants, 93 of them leading women in global health from ministries, politics, academia & science, private sector, civil society and NGOs, have been the initiative founders Professor Ilona Kickbusch and Dr Sabine Ludwig, as well, as State Secretary Lutz Stroppe, German Federal Ministry of Health, and the Royal Norwegian Ambassador H.E. Petter Ølberg.
In her impressive welcome note Eldbjørg Hemsing highlighted the fascination from discoveries of scientists, revealing significantly positive impacts of music on development of children, brain health and brain function, psychiatric conditions and stress and the vast knowledge science has generated throughout the centuries, leading to knowledge about the positive impacts of music and the significant change which can be made particularly with those members of our society who are in severe health conditions and at greatest risk. Eldbjørg Hemsing closed her speech by mentioning that it should be the mission of any artist to continuously strive for creating positive impact through sharing their greatest passion – music, and contribute not only to the individuals but to the society at greater.