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Geneva Health Forum

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

15 - 17 April 2014, Geneva, Switzerland
International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG)


Geneva University Hospitals

Project details

Global Health: Interconnected Challenges, Integrated Solutions

The 2014 Geneva Health Forum will be discussing on how to position health in the post-2015 development agenda in the context of the currently uncertain global environment. 

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. Never has it been so urgent to further align interests and efforts in order to maintain gains and tackle the global health and development challenges ahead. As the world moves towards the edges of its planetary boundaries, achieving sustainable development and improving global health require actions on a much broader and systemic front. In this context health is a pre-condition and an outcome of all three dimensions of sustainable development – the economic, social, and environmental.

It’s time for health to incorporate the big picture of our contemporary challenges, therefore the overarching topic for the 2014 edition of the Geneva Health Forum will be ‘Integration’.

The GHF team invites you to revisit the concept of integration in its various dimensions and framings. We would like to promote global health as a field of study and practice that offers an integrative approach which better captures the underlying causes of ill-health and recognizes the commonalities that underlie people’s health around the world.

The concept of integration has various dimensions/meanings. 13 variations of the concept matching the GHF tracks will be proposed. GHF tracks are broad thematic categories intended to clarify the content generated by the GHF over the years. Each track represents an important global health subfield and taken together these tracks constitute the backbone of the GHF content. The primary purpose of these tracks is to help our constituencies find their place in the GHF.

The GHF tracks are: 

  • Advocacy and Communication
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Clinical Practice and Hospitals
  • Education and Research
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Governance and Policies
  • Health Systems
  • Health Workforce
  • Humanitarian Action
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Innovation and Technologies
  • Social Determinants and Human Rights
  • Women and Children

Role of ICVolunteers

In 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, ICVolunteers played a major role in the Geneva Health Forum, with over 60 volunteers for each Forum involved in many different aspects of the conference, including reporting, room supervision, welcoming services and language assistance. In 2014, we will be involved in even more activities. To read the reports of the past conference, see http://www.genevahealthforum.org .

Volunteering Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to be involved in welcoming services, room supervision and conference reporting (English). If you are interested, please send an email to volunteer (at) icvolunteers.org.

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