Geneva Health Forum Meets To Discuss Solutions To Common Problems

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By Julia Fraser for Intellectual Property Watch

The Geneva Health Forum (GHF), taking place on 15-17 April in Geneva, will discuss the theme “Global Health: Interconnected Challenges, Integrated Solutions.” This year’s forum aims to encourage an “integrative approach” to global health, “which better captures the underlying causes of ill-health and recognises the commonalities that underlie people’s health around the world,” says GHF.

The forum brings together a multi-sectorial representation of global health players, including practitioners, researchers, policymakers, the private sector and civil society, to promote “global dialogue on health policy and practice.”

Participants will present ongoing experiences in areas such as innovation, primary healthcare, maternal and child health, health system strengthening, antimicrobial resistance, access to medicines, global health governance and big data.

The full programme is available here.

“The Geneva Health Forum provides a unique opportunity to meet and shape tomorrow’s agenda on major health issues,” said Louis Loutan, president of GHF. “Pooling intelligence will bring value and challenge common ideas to explore new territories of freethinking and build on inter-sectorial approaches to solving the problems of our time.”

The forum this year comes in context of “current discussions on how to position health in the post-2015 development agenda,” the event website says about this year’s theme. “The complexity of today’s global health challenges requires harnessing the skills and energies of many sectors and disciplines in order to develop innovative and effective solutions.”

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