14th Canadian Conference on International Health (CCIH 2007)

Venue: Marriott Hotel

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Nov 04, 2007 End Date/Time: Nov 07, 2008
Registration Date: Nov 01, 2007
Early Registration Date: Sep 20, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: May 30, 2007
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November 4th to 7th, 2007 Ottawa, Canada
Marriott Hotel, Ottawa, Canada

The Canadian Society for International Health and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research are pleased to announce the 14th Canadian Conference on International Health (CCIH), to be held from November 4-7, 2007 in Ottawa, Canada. This year’s conference theme is, Global Change and Health: Who are the Vulnerable?

There is increasing recognition that the impact of human activity is reshaping our world:

 Ecological systems that support life and have evolved over millennia are being dramatically affected by increases in greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, extreme weather events, and the loss of ecological biodiversity with potentially dramatic implications for global health.
 Changes in land use, deforestation, use and transnational dumping of toxic substances and antimicrobials are introducing new health risks.
 Social systems that support equitable distribution are being undermined by the globalized economy. Government’s role in providing essential health and education services and infrastructure is being diminished while growing populations face increasing poverty.
 Poverty has grown, and the disparity between the poor and the few with unprecedented wealth leaves an increasingly marginalized middle class and accelerates transnational and national inequalities with implications for social determinants of health and emerging epidemics.
 Global Governance must address these challenges with policies and programs even as global health funding is increasingly derived from private philanthropy that is essentially outside of publicly accountable governance structures.

This conference will focus on threats to health from these changes, factors increasing vulnerability, and ways of responding to challenges, and their results.

Some questions to consider in formulating abstracts:
• What are environmental degradation’s effects on health?
• What are climate change effects on health determinants: food supply, air quality, water quality?
• What are the consequences of losing biodiversity?
• What are the factors contributing to the injury and the non-communicable disease pandemics?
• What health effects associated with new technologies should be of concern?

• Who is most affected? The developing world? Poorer communities?
• What are the differences between urban and rural settings?
• What are the impacts on future demographics?
• What are the implications for infectious or communicable diseases e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria?

• What is the role of civil society in responding to this issue?
• What are the implications for the planning and delivery of primary care?
• What is the role of local and national governments in meeting the challenges?
• What is the role of international bodies in meeting the challenges?

• What are the key issues for the research agenda?
• Are health professionals trained and prepared for these emerging developments?

• What are the priorities?
• Are we building the partnerships we need to achieve impact?

The call for abstracts is available at www.csih.org or email conference@csih.org . The deadline is May 30th, 2007.

Organized by the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)