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Is Democracy Good for Health? A Discussion on the Political Determinants of Health

May 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Organized by The Global Health Center of The Graduate Institute of Geneva

Is Democracy Good for Health? A Discussion on the Political Determinants of Health

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Maison de la paix
Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Geneva, Switzerland

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A major study of 170 countries published in the Lancet has concluded that adult life expectancy improved more quickly in countries that switched to democracy over the past 50 years. Improvements in democratic quality did not make nations richer, but it did result in more government health spending.

The health benefits of democracy for many non-communicable diseases and injuries were stronger than any other GDP effect and at the same time, some long standing democracies are experiencing declines in life expectancy. So, is democracy good for health?

Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre, will discuss the impact of political systems on health with the authors of the study and the former Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.

SPEAKERS

  • Thomas Bollyky, Director, Global Health Program; Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
  • Edwin Ng, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Yvette Stevens, former Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

 

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Details

Date:
May 22
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Organizer

The Global Health Centre
Website:
https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/globalhealth

Venue

Maison de la paix