Student, University College Utrecht, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
KDG3 aims to strengthen local knowledge ecosystems by emphasising ‘collaboration and context-based communication, based on local realities and local knowledge.’ To achieve KDG3, healthy knowledge ecosystems should not only be dependent on the knowledge of all citizens, but also on the collaboration, communication, common visions, and shared targets between all sectors of society: academia; businesses; the government; and citizens. Therefore, it is necessary that individual, community, specialist, and holistic knowledge – multiple knowledges (Brown 2008) – should all contribute in creating a multidisciplinary approach towards a healthy knowledge ecosystem.
One point in particular that was brought forward in KDG3 was that ‘the application of scientific and technological knowledge requires contextualisation and respect of local values, cultures, and knowledge.’ This is crucial in the field of global health. Because of scientific and technological advancements, there is a better understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, and treatment of diseases and illnesses. Nevertheless, science can only come so far. Local values, cultures, and knowledge are all undoubtedly important social factors when trying to understand the health of a population and the prevalence of diseases..