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Transitioning in the Context of Universal Health Coverage

Organized by
STOPAIDS, RESULTS UK, Médecins sans Frontières, Aidsfonds, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance and International Civil Society Support

May 25
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CEST
Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix
Geneva, Switzerland

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Sustainable, additional and predictable health financing from international and domestic sources is required to strengthen health systems and move towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) while preparing for transitions. Health financing must be at the core of these discussions if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the vision set out in the WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work for the coming five years. This event will serve to achieve a better understanding of the roles and opportunities that both donors and recipient countries have in ensuring long-term, sustained and positive health outcomes when donor funding and support reduces and/or changes in nature. This debate will be a crucial opportunity to share learning, present challenges and best practice, and to galvanize support for sustainability and transition policies across bilateral and multilateral donors.

Panel Discussion:

1) Daniel Graymore, Geneva Representative and Head, Global Funds Department, Department for International Development, United Kingdom
2) Brenda Waning, Chief, Global Drug Facility, Stop TB Partnership
3) Susan Sparkes, Health Financing Technical Officer, Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing, World Health Organization
4) Rico Gustav, Senior Policy Advisor, Sustainability, International Civil Society Support
5) Matthew MacGregor, Senior Project Lead, Sustainability, Transition and Co-Financing, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Moderator: Michaela Told, Deputy Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

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Follow the Money – How can Progress Towards NCDs be Achieved?

Organized by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

May 24
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CEST
Geneva, Switzerland

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Many actors have begun to divest from health-harming industries. At the same time, many governments have introduced so-called “sin taxes” on sugary drinks and other unhealthy consumer goods, and the WHO has taken a big step in combatting trans-fats. Despite the growing burden of disease and acknowledged need to act, these measures still sometimes seem controversial. Why have so few actors taken these steps and how can we encourage and convince more actors to make sound financial choices for NCDs?

This event focuses on financial flows and their impact on NCDs, whether that is through divestment from health-harming industries, different forms of taxation of unhealthy consumption goods or the establishment of various funding mechanisms related to non-communicable diseases and their risk factors. We also want to highlight the case for sustainable investment by large investors and governments.

The upcoming UN high-level meeting on NCDs later this year provides a framework for exploring these questions and defining new ways for collaboration between different actors and stakeholders as mandated by the framework of SDGs.

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Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World

Organized by the O’Neill Institute and Georgetown University

May 24
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CEST
Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix
Geneva, Switzerland

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Institutions matter for the advancement of human rights in global health. Given the dramatic development of human rights under international law and the parallel proliferation of global institutions for public health, an imperative arises to understand the implementation of human rights through global health governance. We are pleased to invite you to the book launch of Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World. The launch will be followed by a discussion with the contributing authors on the following topics:

1) Foundations of human rights as a framework of global health governance
2) World Health Organization mandate to pursue a rights-based approach to health
3) Role of inter-governmental organizations in health-related human rights
4) Influence of rights-based economic governance on public health
5) Recognition of global health among institutions of human rights governance

Speakers include Benjamin Mason Meier (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Flavia Bustreo (Former Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization), Alicia Ely Yamin (O’Neill Institute), Veronica Magar (World Health Organization), Rebekah Thomas (World Health Organization), Helena Nygren-Krug (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), Suerie Moon (Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute), Thirukumaran Balasubramaniam (Knowledge Ecology International), Ralf Jürgens (The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria) and Gian Luca Burci (Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute).

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Innovation, Equity and the New Health Economy: UHC and the Role of the Private Sector

Organized by Global Health Centre, Rabin Martin, and Johns Hopkins University

May 24
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CEST
Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix
Geneva, Switzerland

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Economic development contributes to better health and may lead to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). However, the reverse argument is as crucial: The introduction of UHC can lead to quicker and more stable economic growth and can further boost the supply and demand for health and health-related services and good.

This event focuses on the health-economy nexus, the innovative power of the private sector’s involvement in UHC, and the sometimes controversial dimensions of the role the private sector can play in helping countries to achieve UHC.

Opening remarks: Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

Panel discussion:

1) Jim Campbell, Director, Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization
2) Cicely Thomas,  Program Director, Results for Development (R4D)
3) Felicia Marie Knaul, Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (tbc)
4) Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (tbc)

Moderator: Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO, Rabin Martin

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Reducing Sugar, Salt and Fat to Prevent NCDs: Bold Initiatives and Success Stories

Organized by Vital Strategies

May 24
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CEST
Club suisse de la presse – Geneva Press
Club – 106 Route de Ferney 1202
Geneva, Switzerland

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Vital Strategies is organizing an event on the sidelines of the WHA, “Reducing Sugar, Salt and Fat to Prevent NCDs: Bold Initiatives and Success Stories,” on May 24 at 12:30 PM CEST. Keynote Speaker is confirmed to be Dr. Tom Frieden.

Dr. Tom Frieden is one of the world’s leading public health experts.  Dr. Frieden is President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolve to Save Lives, a $225 million, 5-year initiative housed at Vital Strategies, a non-profit global health organization working toward the vision that all people are protected by a strong public health system. The Resolve to Save Lives initiative aims to save millions of lives from cardiovascular disease and make the world safer from epidemics.  Resolve to Save Lives is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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