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Geneva Forum: Towards Global Access to Health

Photo: Viola Krebs
Photo: Viola Krebs

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

30 August - 01 September 2006, Geneva, Switzerland


The Forum is jointly organized by the Geneva University Hospitals and the Medical School of the University of Geneva, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Geneva Hospital, which has already a long standing tradition of international cooperation in the field of health.

Project details

It is widely recognized that health is key to prosperity. Faced with a globalizing economy, the challenges involved in ensuring access to health have become a matter of great concern and debate. While the availability of means to improve health is increasing, access nonetheless remains very low in many parts of the world.

As stated in the Millennium Development Goals, the crucial question that must be considered relates to how health systems can respond to a growing need for action particularly in reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases as well as developing a global partnership for development.

Health and especially access to health are preliminary conditions or determinants that can improve social welfare and societal stability. Insuring access to essential drugs, care and preventive measures such as vaccinations, clean water and sanitation, access to training and information, reaching vulnerable populations to offer basic services, are challenges the international community must address. The Geneva Forum, under the flags of equity, training and partnership, will provide a unique opportunity for all participants to present and explore innovative partnerships and programmes facilitating access to health.

The Forum takes place in Geneva, world capital of health, which provides a platform for an increasing number of health organizations as well as most majors meetings.

The Forum will aim to define how Hospitals/Universities, individually and through networks, in collaboration with all international organizations active in health and humanitarian fields located in Geneva as well as representatives of the civil society, can improve access to health.

For more information about the conference, visit the conference web site: http://www.hcuge.ch/genevahealthforum/

The online news service of the conference will be available at http://genevahealthforum.com.

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