Promoting Health

December 14, 2017 AT 09:03 AM
Beijing, China
Related News
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
Thursday, Sep 28, 2017
  • Mahiben Maruthappu is a London-based doctor and Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England, advising on over £100 billion of health spending. He focuses on innovation, technology and prevention, co-founding the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) and the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, serving on the DigitalHealth.London and NHS Prevention ...

    Full Bio All Speakers
  • Full Bio All Speakers
  • Dr. Abdul Ghaffar serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR), shaping the field through developing and testing innovative models in both research and implementation of programmes for health systems strengthening and enhancing the use of evidence in decision-making. A physician by training with a PhD ...

    Full Bio All Speakers
  • Anthony D. So, MD, MPA is Director of the Strategic Policy Program of ReAct—Action on Antibiotic Resistance and leads the Transformative Technologies and Institutions arm of the Global Health Signature Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. ReAct is a global network dedicated to meeting the challenge of antibiotic ...

    Full Bio All Speakers
  • Professor George Griffin is a clinically trained biomedical scientist who developed and led the Institute of Infection and Immunity and Clinical Infection Unit at St George’s, University of London. The Unit has an international reputation in clinical infection, basic and translational research and postgraduate training. The Unit has ...

    Full Bio All Speakers

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.