29/03/18

BRUSSELS: launching seminar of Global Health Watch 5

During this one day seminar, we will address the key challenges facing governments and health practitioners today, within the context of rapid shifts in global and national governance mechanisms and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

In an unequal world, living conditions that promote ill-health and extreme inequity in access to healthcare services prevent a majority of the world’s population from leading healthy lives. The collapse of public health systems in many parts of the world and the rising commodification of healthcare in several regions, depict the inability of the current global health governance to address the rising crisis in health. Accompanying these trends is a global order where governance for health is being held captive by private foundations and corporations.

This is the context that informs the contents of the 2017 Global Health Watch report. Coordinated by the People’s Health Movement, Asociación Latinoamericana de Medicina Social (ALAMES), Health Poverty Action, Medico International, Third World Network (TWN) and Medact and now in its fifth edition, the GHW is widely perceived as the definitive voice for an alternative discourse on health. Like its predecessors, it challenges conventional wisdom while pioneering innovative new approaches to the field.

Location: Espace Jacquemotte, Hoogstraat 139, Brussels

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Programme

09.00-09.30 Coffee, welcome and introductions

09.45-12:30 A global view

09.45 Keynote speech on 'the State of Global Health in 2018' by David McCoy

David McCoy is public health physician, academic and Director of Medact. He was co-Managing Editor of the first two Global Health Watches, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Economic Foundation and the Steering Committee of the People's Health Movement.

10.30 Coffee break

10:45 Watching the Global political and economic architecture
Panel session to critically analyse the global processes and institutions that have a significant impact on global health and the current structure of global power relations and global governance.

  • Representative of the Geneva Global Health Hub
  • Other speakers tbc

12:00 Presentation of the People's Health Movement's Manual on movement Building

12:15-13.00 Lunch
Lunch provided by Collectactif
Including book sale

13:00 – 15:30 Linking local to global stories

13:00 The impact of free trade agreements on health. Panel session

  • Liesbet Vangeel, policy officer for FOS, Global Health Watch 5 contributor
  • Katharina Berza, head of department of advocacy, research and publications of the Filipino Council for Health and Development

14:00 Health and migration

  • Pierre Verbeeren, Director of Doctors for the world Belgium
  • Representative of Cultures et Santé

15:00 Wrap up session + call to action

This seminar is organised by the working group 'Social Determinants of Health' of Be-Cause Health, 'North-South' of the Actieplatform Gezondheid en Solidariteit, G3W-M3M, FOS, Memisa, Christelijke Mutualiteiten, African European Faith and Justice Network, Geneeskunde voor het Volk, Socialistische Mutualiteiten, People's Health Movement, Wereldsolidariteit, Solidar, CNCD-11.11.11, TAM-TAM and Solidarité Socialiste

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