Promoting Health

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September
27
2017
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September
28
2017
December 14, 2017 AT 09:03 AM
Beijing, China
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Schedule
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
Thursday, Sep 28, 2017
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  • Professor Anthony Capon directs the global health institute at United Nations University (UNU).  A public health physician and authority on environmental health, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and population health.  Tony has more than two decades of senior leadership and management experience in public ...

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  • Prof. Detlev Ganten was born in Lüneburg (Germany) in 1941 and studied medicine at the Universities of Würzburg, Montpellier and Tübingen. He worked as an intern in surgery at Mamounia Hospital in Marrakesh (Morocco). After receiving his MD from the University of Tübingen, he spent several years as a research scientist at the ...

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  • Professor Jian Li is the Director of Beijing Institute of Geriatrics and the Dean of National Center for Elderly Health Care of China. He also served as the Director of Key Laboratory of Geriatrics, Ministry of Health, China. He earned his Ph.D. of Biochemistry from Geneva University in Switzerland. His major research interest has mostly focused ...

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  • Dr Bernhard Schwartländer took up his position as WHO Representative in China on 1 September 2013.Before joining WHO in China, he served as Director for Evidence, Policy and Innovation at UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva and as the United Nations Country Coordinator on AIDS in Beijing, China.Dr Schwartländer held a number of senior ...

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At-a-Glance

Global leaders in healthcare and medicine met in Beijing, China, on 27-28 September 2017 to tackle a pressing question: How do we promote and maintain good health and well-being for a growing global population?

Hosted by the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health) Conference 2016 convened global experts in medical research, medical practice and healthcare systems who discussed best practices, new concepts and the future of healthcare worldwide.

In 2015, world leaders agreed on a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Goal 3 calls for world leaders to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” But improving health and healthcare systems is fundamental to achieving many of the other goals, too. SDG#2, for example, aims for food security and adequate nutrition, while SDG#6 calls for universal access to clean water and sanitation.

Global population currently stands at 7.4 billion, with another 80 million births projected each year. In addition, advances in medical sciences mean that more and more people are living longer – adding stress to many nations’ healthcare systems. Amid these massive challenges, how do we ensure that low- and middle-income countries aren't left behind as we work to guarantee good health and well-being for everyone at all ages?

To answer these questions, the IAP for Health conference focused on such topics as:

  • the social determinants of health;
  • reducing risks across the lifespan;
  • communicable diseases, including the prevention, detection and response to threats of emerging infectious diseases and pandemics;
  • the role of traditional medicine; and
  • new models for promoting health, for example in the urban environment.
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