Global Forum for Health Research 2009
Decision-makers in funding, research and policy will descend on Havana, Cuba for the 13th annual meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research, Nov 16-20, 2009, at the invitation of the Cuban Ministry of Health. The meeting brings together some 800 scientists, policy makers, health care workers, funders and other stakeholders in the name of "innovation for the health of all."
What exactly is "innovation"? How can it be fostered for health? What can be learned from policies and initiatives around the world? These and other questions will be the focus of the week's discussions, as attendees engage one another on topics such as social entrepreneurship and public-private product development, eHealth and knowledge-translation platforms, donor-country harmonization and innovative financing strategies.
But innovation won't only be discussed; it will be occurring -right there in the Palacio de las Convenciones. For in keeping with its theme, the Global Forum has devised an innovative program with a multiplicity of interactive meeting formats and a diversity of views. As executive director Stephen Matlin says, the program reflects the nature of the Global Forum itself: "catalytic, flexible, inclusive- a network of networks."
No less inclusive -or impressive- is the lineup of key speakers, among them Chen Zhu, China's Minister of Health, Zafrullah Chowdhury, founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett, and University of Columbia economist Jeffrey Sachs, to name just a few.
Established in 1997 to increase the amount of research devoted to global health issues, the Global Forum for Health Research is an international non-profit foundation based in Geneva. It receives funding from the World Bank, the WHO, the Rockefeller Foundation and the governments of Brazil Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Switzerland, and Norway.