Sharing knowhow and joining forces towards Health for All
May 15, 2017

Control or Prevention

Control or Prevention

Berlin, 15 May 2017, Symposium of the German Platform for Global Health | "Health issues have often been a popular topic at global summits. It is quite easy to jointly show commitment on topics like AIDS or Mother&Child Health. However, in 2017 it is the first time that G20 Health Ministers will meet in the run-up of the G20 summit to address some global health crises. On top of the agenda to be discussed by the Health Ministers is the concept of Health Security, motivated by the aim to protect their populations against global health threats. The main goal seems to react to and effectively contain cross-border pandemics like the Avian Flu, Ebola and the Zika. Another point of discussion will be the increasing antimicrobial resistance.

However, it is controversial how these goals can be reached. Several states emphasize the need of strong local health systems to effectively prevent and deal with an outbreak of diseases, while others focus primarily on containment, isolation and quarantine policies.

Today – especially after the Ebola crisis – the unifying call is to build and reinforce resilient health systems. This approach fails to reflect that health is more than just the absence of disease but must include an idea of social justice.

The potential tension between health protection (health and social care) and health security sets the stage for the symposium of the German Platform for Global Health (DPGG). Together with speakers from different countries and backgrounds, we like to debate how policies of the globally dominant industrialized countries influence and sometimes impede the conditions of health in countries of the South. Moreover, how the creation of supportive and legally binding financial compensation mechanisms can contribute to the realization of the right to health for all people.

The event will be simultaneously translated into German and English."

medico international is a member of the German Platform for Global Health.

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