Perspectives on Sustainable Health

Session title Perspectives on sustainable health. Session Virtual Link

Digital Session

Meeting ID: 987 8716 1087
Coordinator Monika Berge, Karolinska Institutet
Charles Batte, School of Public Health, Makerere University
Hosts School of Public Health, Makerere University
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Session Objectives
  1. To introduce the concept of Sustainable health and discuss how it can be used to tackle complex health challenges of today and tomorrow in the African region within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. To demonstrate and discuss the ideas behind on-going work related to the virtual Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health.
  3. To obtain concrete ideas related to Sustainable health that can be brought forward to the larger
Session abstract More than five years have passed since the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs were adopted and the rate of progress towards the goals remains suboptimal. Investigating and instigating new ways of operationalizing a holistic and sustainable take on health in the 21st century requires new kinds of partnerships, enabling the pursuit of critical and mutually beneficial multisectoral research and development of innovative health promoting tools for implementation across social, political and commercial determinants.
In this session we use the definition for sustainable health which stresses that sustainable development implies a development that ensures that development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The concept implies a vision of the best possible health and well-being for all, according to the 2030 Agenda, within the
relative limitations imposed by the present state of technology and social organization on environmental resources and by the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effects of health-related human activities. It can be illustrated by putting the health of people in the centre of the SDGs.
We will in the session get input from key stakeholders in; academia, policy/government, civil society, private sector and multilaterals to get different perspectives and discuss possibilities, but also limitations with the proposed approach to sustainable health.
We hope that you join the session and bring your voice to the discussions how we can ensure best possible health to current and future generations.
Session Format Panel Discussion X Workshop Plenary
Chairs Chair: Dr Roy Mayega, School of Public Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Co-Chair: Associate Prof. Tobias Alfvén, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Speakers Title   Status
Speaker 1
Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen
Sustainable health – what is it and why? President, Karolinska
Institutet, Sweden
Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze ( Role of academia, partnerships in achieving sustainable health Prof. and Dean of School of Public Health, Makerere University confirmed
Speaker 3
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan,
Research for Sustainable Health – the role of WHO and academic partnerships Chief scientist World Health Organization, WHO Science Division, WHO Geneva confirmed
Speaker 4
Dr. Gerald Mutungi
Perspective Policy/Government Acting Assistant
Ministry of Health
Speaker 5
Teresa Piloya
Perspectives from civil society and patient organisations Uganda diabetes Society confirmed
Speaker 6
Kennedy Njau
Perspective from private sector Medical Director – Sub
Sahara Africa,
AstraZeneca African
Speaker 7
Stefan Swartling Peterson
Multilateral perspective/UNICEF Prof. Global Transformation for Health, Karolinska
Institutet, Former Chief
of health, UNICEF

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