International Conference on Global Public Health (GPH 2012)

Venue: Galadari Hotel

Location: Sri Lanka

Event Date/Time: Dec 03, 2012 End Date/Time: Dec 04, 2012
Registration Date: Aug 30, 2012
Early Registration Date: Aug 15, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 15, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Nov 15, 2012
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Description

"Integrated perspectives of global health"

Global health is a top priority. The reason is simple: health is a foundation for prosperity, stability and poverty reduction. We are living in a world with rapid social, economic and demographic changes.

If health is a human right then everyone should have equal access and opportunities for the betterment of their health. A universal goal, 'Health for all' aspired by World Health Organization, in 1978, remains so. The inequalities in health are increasing even more and at a much rapid speed in the changing world. The development of society, rich or poor, can be judged by the quality of its population's health and how fairly health is distributed across the social spectrum. A girl born today can expect to live for more than 80 years in some countries – but less than 45 years if she is born in others. Why is the concern and how are we going to address this is a challenge?

Many extra-ordinary projects are underway in the area of health and society that is changing our world into a better place. Problems about the occurrence of a disease or a public health issue are taken up everywhere; solutions are developed, compared and evaluated, and contributed to the global scenarios. This means to work on the totality of health issues and stop the single disease/health issue approach. Such an approach would require coordinating the leadership from the United Nations family and national Governments with the expertise of foundations, research centers and academia, the innovative spirit of the private sector, and the dynamism of civil society.

As of today, the global public health agenda is stimulating and also alarming. The public health issues, e.g. climate change, social determinants or population ageing cannot be addressed within a single context. Multi-disciplinary efforts with integrated views and approaches are necessary to deal with health inequities and for strengthening health systems in the 21st century. Indeed the developing countries need more help in each segment to strengthen their health systems, but emphasis on this realization should not overpower the expertise these countries have already developed.

An integrated perspective not only means knowledge transfer from the rich countries to the poor, but also the other way round. Technologically advanced countries could learn from developing countries in situations where the lack of sophisticated technique breeds the invention of simple but effective ways of handling problems. A global perspective thus means that industrialized countries can learn from non-industrialized countries.

We seek papers that are working towards fostering an integrated global health perspective so as to assist in developing sustainable health for our future.

Themes

1. Social determinants of health

2. Climate change and its impact on human health and health systems

3. Oral health as part of primary health care in global health contexts

4. Gender, Women and health

5. Health and social policy

6. Double burden of diseases

Venue

Colombo
Sri Lanka
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