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Plenary 1: Opening Plenary Show Details
- Eva Slawecki, Canadian Society for International Health/Société canadienne de la santé internationale
- The Honorable Minister Gould (tbc)
- Dr. Jane Goodall interviewed by Dr. Rohit Ramchandani
UN Messenger of Peace
Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute
Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London, England. At the young age of 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild – immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.
In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to advance her work around the world and for generations to come. JGI continues the field research at Gombe and builds on Dr. Goodall’s innovative approach to conservation, which recognizes the central role that people play in the well-being of animals and the environment. In 1991, she founded Roots & Shoots, a global program the guides young people in more than 50 countries in becoming conservation activists and leaders in their daily lives.
Today, Dr. Goodall travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. In her books and speeches, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action. Dr. Goodall is a UN Messenger of Peace and Dame Commander of the British Empire.
For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.ca
|11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Symposia: Communicating innovative research findings to policy in a changing context Show Details
Communicating innovative research findings to policy in a changing context
Abel Bicaba, Directeur, Société d'Études et de Recherche en Santé Publique, Burkina Faso;
Godfrey Mtey, Principal Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, Tanzania
Helen Akhigbe, Child Health Division, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria;
Patrick Mugirwa, Program Manager, Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office - East Africa;
Ermel Johnson, Implementation Officer, West African Health Organization
The use of research findings in health decision making and practice has been promoted worldwide, including by institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) through the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EvipNet) . The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) Initiative, which started in 2014, is contributing to bridging the “evidence to policy” gap in Sub-Saharan Africa by partnering regional Health Policy and Research Organizations (HPROs) with research teams composed of researchers and local decision makers. While research teams conduct implementation research in 11 countries, the HPROs, one for West Africa and one for East Africa, contribute to elevating the evidence to decision makers who can make a difference at national and regional levels.
This symposium will explore various ways to ensure that findings from research is used for evidence-based decision-making:
- The experiences and lessons learnt will be shared about the collaboration between researchers and decision-makers embedded in research teams during the course of the implementation of selected IMCHA projects in West Africa (Nigeria, Burkina Faso) and East Africa (Malawi) and what difference that made in evidence update.
- The critical role and experience of HPROs in working with research teams to get research evidence into the hands of a broad spectrum of high-level decision makers will be discussed.
- Crises – environmental, political, and health – offer distinct opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, decision-makers may be eager for evidence to help them address a crisis. On the other hand, advocating for decision makers to keep in the forefront and use evidence for matters that may not be perceived as current priority may be more difficult. A case in point is the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The symposium will reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on decision-making for non-COVID-19 health issues, and exchange challenges and successes for keeping maternal, newborn and child health a priority.
- To learn from decision makers how being embedded in a research team and participating from project design to evidence uptake has influenced their mindset on research, and what can facilitate use of evidence for decision-making.
- To learn from researchers how having a decision maker embedded in the research team and participating from project design to evidence uptake has influenced doing research for decision-making.
- To learn from HPROs how a model such as IMCHA can contribute to uptake of research evidence by decision makers.
- To discuss how crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, impact decision-making priorities and the use of research evidence, and how to still keep other important health issues on the forefront.
Former Director of Family Health,
Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
Universiée de Montréal
Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital
Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office
Workshop: Empowering global health trainees for planetary health at all stages of the research process Show Details
Empowering global health trainees for planetary health at all stages of the research process
This workshop aims to gather global health research trainees to explore how the global health research community can respond to the climate crisis in the ways we conduct research, in what research we conduct, and through what we teach and learn. We will host a peer-led workshop for research trainees to generate ideas for how global health research can best respond to and consider planetary health and the climate crisis, as well as facilitate discussion on how trainees can, and should, incorporate a planetary health lens in all stages of their research process.
This conversation will be facilitated by representatives from the Emerging Leaders for Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare (ELESH) and University of Toronto Planetary Health and led by Victoria Haldane and Isha Berry, PhD global health research trainees at UofT who work closely with both groups. These two student-groups, based at University of Toronto, work closely to raise awareness about environmental sustainability in healthcare and planetary health both locally and globally, and to advocate for curricula and research reform in all health professions and research areas.
Learning objectives: Through participating in this workshop global health students and trainees will learn key concepts and worldviews salient to planetary health. Trainees will also gain a deeper understanding of the way planetary health can be embedded into global health curriculum, conduct, and content. We will also facilitate small group discussions based on the stage of trainees research (idea generation/proposal, data collection/analysis/dissemination), which will allow trainees to better understand how planetary health is important to incorporate at all parts of the research cycle. Further, trainees will have the opportunity to discuss barriers and facilitators to planetary health training as it applies to their program with their peers.
University of Toronto
University of Toronto
Oral: Humanitarian Response to COVID-19 Show Details
Humanitarian Response to COVID-19
Amy Kipp, Research Associate, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Canada
Humanitarian food security interventions implemented by international NGOs and UN agencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Jessica Ferne, Director, Global Health Impact, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health (CanWaCH), Canada
(Beyond) 100 Days of a Pandemic: Canada’s Evidence-Driven Response
Rekha Bhatta, Emergency Health Officer, Nepal Red Cross Society, Nepal
Adaptation of health response, a success of Red Cross Emergency Clinic (RCEC) in emergencies
Rebecca Davidson, Head of Programs - Global Health, CARE Canada, Canada
Innovations in the time of covid-19: how technology and humanitarian approaches are narrowing the nexus in sub saharan Africa
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Symposia: Linking Knowledge and Expertise to Enhance Climate Change-related Health Research and Practice Show Details
Linking Knowledge and Expertise to Enhance Climate Change-related Health Research and Practice
Climate-driven changes in infectious and environmental disease risks, food and water (in)security, and storm, flood and fire frequencies and intensities have been documented in Canada and around the world and are impacting the health of people and animals. From a societal point of view, these new threats also impact cultural practices, the economy and political stability, particularly amongst vulnerable populations.
The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) has a track record of building national and international collaborations and exchanging knowledge between health researchers around the world and engaging the next generation in global health learning opportunities. As a knowledge network committed to democratic and accountable knowledge generation and application for equitable and improved health and well-being, in 2017 CCGHR established a Working Group on Climate Change and Health (WGCCH) in response to membership and policy interest in climate change-related health issues. Its organizational goal is to evolve a Community of Practice (CoP). Building on a CCGH 2019 session, the proposed symposium will explore critical mechanisms required to underpin the emerging CoP on climate change and health, with the WGCCH acting as the co-ordinating hub.
Learning Objectives: Why a CoP? What does a successful CoP look like? What are the critical roles and expected outcomes for a climate change-related health CoP?
Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research / University of Saskatchewan
Symposia: Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Mozambique: Learnings from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Show Details
Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Mozambique: Learnings from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth
In Southern Africa, temperatures have been rising at twice the global rate due to the climate crisis . In 2019, Mozambique experienced two strong tropical cyclones which hit during the same season for the first time in recent history: While governments, communities, and development and humanitarian actors were responding to the devastation of Cyclone Idai in central Mozambique, Cyclone Kenneth struck the north of the country just five weeks later. Women and adolescent girls bore the brunt of the health, WASH, education, food security, malnutrition, and economic impacts of these cyclones, but continue to lead as powerful forces against climate change.
The Aga Khan Foundation, Save the Children Canada and Plan International Canada implement GAC-funded SRHR programming in three provinces at risk for drought and climate shocks, in which women and adolescent girls were affected by the cyclones and flooding that ensued. These organizations will share their experience and learnings, as preparing for and effectively managing the gender equality and SRHR impacts of climate change is paramount to questions of global health in a changing climate.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES This session provides an analysis of the impacts of climate change on gender equality and SRHR programming in Mozambique. By doing this we aim to share insight into:
• How the challenges, opportunities and priorities for gender equality and SRHR change during and after climate shocks.
• What strengths exist and what capacities are needed among health and education systems, women’s rights organizations, communities, adolescents, and other stakeholders to ensure multi-sectoral climate change adaptation and preparedness that defends gender equality and SRHR advancements.
• How identifying and addressing specific needs of women and girls builds future resilience and promotes SRHR and gender equality.
• Why addressing root causes of gender inequality and intersecting forms of marginalization and inequality are critical to population health outcomes
Gender Equality Advisor
Save the Children Canada
Disaster Risk Manager
Plan International Mozambique
Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique
Oral: Innovation in Response to COVID-19 Show Details
Innovation in Response to COVID-19
Mira Johri, Professor, Université de Montréal, Canada
Citizen-led evaluation of the public health response to COVID-19 in India: harnessing information and communications technology (ICT) to promote real-time learning, human rights, and good governance
Mubariz Tariq, Epidemic Prevention and Control Advisor, Canadian Red Cross, Canada
Canadian Red Cross response to COVID-19 outbreaks in Long Term-Care facilities by recruiting International Medical Graduates (IMGs) is a win-win situation
Sarah Burke, Canadian Red Cross Intern, Canadian Red Cross
Canada Virtual operation teams - responding to the needs of indigenous peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Plenary 2: Plenary: Innovating for Health: Funders’ perspectives Show Details
Plenary: Innovating for Health: Funders’ perspectives
Join speakers from Grand Challenges Canada, IDRC, GAC (tbc), CIHR (tbc) and the Gates Foundation (tbc) to discuss innovation in Global Health.
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Plenary 3: Plenary: Changing politics Show Details
Plenary: Changing politics
- Moderator: André Picard, Health Columnist, The Globe and Mail
- Dr. Martin McKee, LSHTM
- Dr. Shannon McDonald, First Nations Health Authority
- Dr. Maria Neira, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization
Awareness around the health impact of climate change has gained traction, and, in an increasingly polarizing world, governments are beginning to pay attention, with civil society, grassroots movements, and professional associations beginning to demand action.
Changing politics requires new global governance structures to support political leaders and decision makers to influence global strategic calls and national responses. These responses need to address the inextricable links and influences of policies that have detrimental impacts on human populations. These responses also have to address the inequities that exist that hinder nations and communities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to these detrimental impacts. Without this ability to effectively respond, the most vulnerable are left with little option but to move to more hopeful, supportive and sustainable communities. As a global community we need to act in solidarity with the most vulnerable to achieve safe, peaceful and welcoming opportunities for those that wish to migrate, to reduce and prevent conflict and improve sustainable environments.
The health professions are increasingly politicized, with nurses and doctors taking action in their daily work as well as on the political stage, including civil disobedience that calls for addressing the structural issues behind climate change. With health represented in international climate discourse level (IPCC is starting to draw CMA, WHO, the Lancet, nurses and midwives associations among others), there is an indication that the global health community too is concerned and beginning to mobilize. We are now turning to historic and traditional knowledge keepers, whose holistic understandings of health are parallel to the concept of planetary health. This often also means contending with and reconciling difficult colonial histories (within Western countries, as well as addressing the Global North/South imbalance).
Governments are faced with balancing economic development with the need to sustain a healthy planet, and in a polarizing world, climate issues are taking the form of political movements (such as Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion, les Gilet Jaunes). Climate change requires global health researchers, practitioners and policy makers to bring evidence-based solidarity to our current polarized world.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
First Nations Health Authority
Shannon is proudly Métis/Anishinaabe with deep roots in the Red River Valley of Manitoba. She is married with 5 children and one wonderful grandson (and 2 dogs). She lives in Victoria.
She trained as physician, completing her MD in 1998 (at the tender age of 40), followed with post-graduate medical training in Community Medicine and Psychiatry. She has had broad experience at multiple levels of health care service delivery and health administration in challenging environments.
She has worked for over 20 years in the area of First Nations and Aboriginal Health, and is an experienced manager in the federal and provincial government contexts – most recently for 5 years as the Executive Director of Aboriginal Health at the BC Ministry of Health. She joined FNHA in September of 2015 as the Senior Medical Officer for Vancouver Island, but has recently accepted the newly created position of Deputy Chief Medical Officer for FNHA.
Shannon has been recognized for working very effectively in highly complex, multi-stakeholder and multi-jurisdictional environments, capably and strategically representing the needs and interests of First Nations individuals, families and communities.
She is a visionary, result-oriented leader with significant accomplishments in leading transformative change, including implementation of information and communications technologies. She prides herself on having the ability to work collaboratively at all levels of any organization, and in multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams.
Deeply committed to the principles of supporting capacity and community development as keys to improving health status among all people, she recognizes and supports the strengths and aspirations of community level stakeholders.
Professor of European Public Health
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at LSHTM, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He qualified in medicine in Northern Ireland and subsequently trained in public health in London. He manages the largest research team working on the challenges to health and health systems in the countries of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, co-directing the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre. He has published over 530 papers in peer-reviewed journals and he is author or editor of almost 40 books.
His contributions to health policy in Europe have been recognised by election to Fellowship of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, Foreign Associate Membership of Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies of Sciences, and membership of the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Debrecen in Hungary, Maastricht in The Netherlands, and Karlstad in Sweden. He is a visiting professor at the Universities of Belgrade and Zagreb, the London School of Economics, and Taipei Medical University. In 2003 he was awarded the Andrija Stampar medal by the Association of Schools of Public Health in European Region (ASPHER) and in 2005 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to health care in Europe.
Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization
Dr Maria P. Neira has been directing the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland since September 2005. Throughout her tenure and up until now she has led and advised on policy and management in key areas of environmental health.
Prior to that she served as Under-Secretary of Health and President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency.
From 1993-1998 she was Coordinator of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control.
Dr Neira began her career as a medical coordinator working with refugees in El Salvador and Honduras for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). She then spent several years working in different African countries during armed conflicts.
Born in the city of Oviedo, Asturias, Dr Neira is a Spanish national, a medical doctor by training and specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases; and Public Health.
Among many distinctions, she has been awarded the Médaille de l'Ordre national du Mérite by the Government of France and received an “Extraordinary Woman” award by HM Queen Letizia of Spain. In early 2019, she was nominated among the top 100 policy influencers in health and climate change.
The Globe and Mail
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Symposia: Strengthening health systems at the local level to improve health outcomes and build resilience to climate change Show Details
Strengthening health systems at the local level to improve health outcomes and build resilience to climate change
The health impacts of climate change are far-reaching and exacerbated in marginalized and hard-to-reach communities where frequent landslides and flooding can cut off access to essential health services for women, adolescents and children, resulting in a disproportionate burden of disease for these most vulnerable groups. Access to high-quality, gender responsive and inclusive health services at the local level becomes increasingly important as changing climate patterns make travel unpredictable and dangerous.
There are significant differences in health outcomes between communities located close to urban centres compared to those that are harder to reach. These disparities will only be exacerbated by the effects of climate change. Building strong and resilient community-based programs and investing in early intervention will improve resilience while strengthening health systems at the local level. Strong health systems are better equipped to mitigate against the impacts of a changing climate, particularly on the most vulnerable.
This symposium will utilize case studies from globally diverse locations to highlight the importance of local programs and services in hard-to-reach contexts.
• Understand how community-based actions can address barriers to accessing essential health services (including barriers that are worsened by climate change) and ensure equitable access to essential health services for all
• Through case studies, demonstrate how strengthening the health system at a local level and increasing the capacity of local health workers to provide care in their communities can improve access to health services and subsequently health outcomes for marginalized groups, that are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change
• Building strong and resilient community-based programs and investing in early intervention will improve resilience while strengthening health systems at the local level
Public Health Advisor
International Nepal Fellowship
HealthBridge Foundation of Canada
HealthBridge Foundation of Canada
Oral: Building green and resilient health systems Show Details
Building green and resilient health systems
Vinussa Rameshshanker, Student, University of Waterloo, Canada
Health system resilience to extreme weather events in Asia-Pacific: a systematic scoping review
Sunil Khadka, Lead Advisor Health Infrastructure, Nepal Health Sector Support Programme (NHSSP), Nepal
Improving decision-making on natural and climate change hazard impacts in public health infrastructure: lessons from Nepal
Gladys Ngeno, Project Lead, Options Consultancy Services Ltd, Kenya
Greening the health system for maternal and new-born health: outcomes from Bungoma County, Kenya
George Yap, WASH Advisor, Plan International Canada, Canada
Improving health care waste management in Bauchi and Sokoto States, Nigeria
A discussion with Ilona Kickbusch Show Details
A discussion with Ilona Kickbusch
|12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
|12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Symposia: Addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa and the Middle East – Lessons from the field Show Details
Addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa and the Middle East – Lessons from the field
Adolescence is a complex and pivotal life stage that strongly influences the rest of an individual’s life, including prospects for adult economic well being, employment, health and ability to flourish. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 35 percent of the global burden of disease has roots in adolescence (WHOa, 2020). Barriers to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for adolescent girls are higher than for other women. The financial cost of seeking services, negative attitudes of health workers and potential stigma within the community form particularly acute barriers for adolescent girls (Thatte et al, 2016).
Every year at least 10 million adolescent girls experience unplanned pregnancies and more than five million adolescent girls have an abortion – many of which are unsafe (WHOb, 2020). Pregnancy-related complications remain the leading cause of death for 15-19-year-old girls. When they are not fatal, adolescent pregnancies entail greater risks for morbidity both for the mother and the newborn (WHO (b), 2020). Pregnancy during adolescence carries risks across the life cycle, including halting appropriate weight gain for mothers (Rah et al, 2008), increased risk of pregnancy complications, risk of jeopardizing education (Black et al, 2013), and heightened risk of poverty. Fulfilling adolescents’ SRHR needs is critical in improving health outcomes for the adolescents themselves and could contribute to many more countries benefitting from the demographic dividend for a better future. Upholding access and use of SRHR for adolescents is a key aspect of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.
Objectives: This session will explore experiences and lessons learned about improving adolescent SRHR in Africa and the Middle East, namely: Nigeria, Mozambique, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Lebanon. Specifically, the session will have the following objectives: • To share research findings about good practices to address adolescent SRHR in different political and socio-cultural contexts, including relating to gender norms;
• To compare and contrast researchers’ experiences working on adolescent SRHR in different political and socio-cultural contexts. Of particular interest, issues related to challenges, opportunities and ethical considerations;
• To discuss implications of findings for continued progress on adolescent SRHR;
• To discuss how evidence is contributing (or not) to decision-making related to adolescent SRHR.
References Black, R.E., Victora, C.G., Walker, S.P., Bhutta, Z.A., Christian, P., et al. 2013. Maternal and child undernutrition and overweight in low-income and middle-income countries. Lancet, Volume 382, Issue 9890, Pages 427–51 Rah, J., Christian, P., Shamim, A., Ummeh, A., Labrique, A. 2008. Pregnancy and lactation hinder growth and nutritional status of adolescent girls. The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 138, Issue 8, Pages 1505-11 Thatte, N., Bingenheimer, J., Ndiaye, K., and R. Rimal. 2016. Unpacking barriers to reproductive health services in Ghana: HIV/STI testing, abortion and contraception. African journal of reproductive health, 20(2), pp. 53-61. WHO (a). Adolescent health epidemiology. 2020. Accessed June 8, 2020 from: https://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/epidemiology/adolescence/en/. WHO (b) 2020. Adolescent pregnancy. Fact sheet. Accessed June 8 2020 from: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/adolescent-pregnancy.
American University of Beirut
University of Ibadan
Workshop: Challenges and strategies for adapting to COVID-19 realities while supporting ongoing health projects in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) Show Details
Challenges and strategies for adapting to COVID-19 realities while supporting ongoing health projects in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)
The COVID-19 pandemic as a global public health crisis has longer term implications for climate change effects on public health and health systems, especially in (LMICC) . This crisis has highlighted important lessons that will benefit the global response to effects of climate change on health systems in (LMIC). This include the importance of the localization agenda as well as forecast-based financing as key crisis modifiers as they offer avenues for local communities’ engagement & resilience building, preparedness, flexibility and adaptation for effective response, lessons that are all applicable to climate action.
Coping with big systemic shocks such as the covid19 pandemic required strong and resilient health systems, communities and programs. As epidemics start and end in communities, for a timely and effective response, effectively engaging these community-based networks/workforce in the preparedness and response remain a key factor for success. Beyond the known challenges in responding to epidemics, the covid19 has brought in an additional layer of complications including those related to movement restrictions and lock down constraining field operations including supporting communities and traditional community-based health activities. This has highlighted even more the importance of investing and preparing local communities and has called for extra adaptations, flexibility, agility in projects and programs to ensure safe continuation of essential services while adapting and responding to new arising needs
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) work in last mile settings aimed at saving life and reducing suffering is grounded in the key principles of agility and flexibility, localization with an emphasis of preparing, building & strengthening the capacity of National Red Cross societies for effective response. Investing in innovative products and approaches is also a growing strategic priority for the CRC to ensure and increase its effectiveness and its reach to the most vulnerable including women, children, adolescent’s elderly, people with disabilities. In most of the CRC supported projects, the networks of Community-based workforce including community health workers and Red Cross Volunteers, the pivot of CRC health programing across the world have been key responders in the frontline in the fight against COVID19.
This workshop aims to discuss the challenges faced in community-based health interventions in response (& preparedness) to COVID19 along with coping strategies/adaptative mechanisms developed & implemented to address them in various contexts.
1. Identify challenges in ensuring safe and effective CHW/ volunteer actions in COVID19 preparedness & response along with successful coping and adaptative strategies.
2. Learn strategies for CHW and volunteers to continue providing effective messages to targeted audience in movement restricted environments
3. Discuss innovative approaches especially low cost & low technology innovations have effectively contributed to covid19 preparedness and response in remote settings in your country.
Canadian Red Cross
Oral: Training and global health education for a new climate Show Details
Training and global health education for a new climate
Anne Xuan-Lan Nguyen , Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Canada
An interprofessional approach to global health education during the COVID-19 pandemic
Carlyn Seguin, Global Health Manager, Division of Social Accountability, University of Saskatchewan
Canada COVID-19 as a catalyst for reimagining global health education
Shellyza Sajwani, Pharmacists without Borders Canada, Canada
Use of new virtual missions and a 'Cross Cultural Webinar Series' by Pharmacists without Borders Canada during pandemic times
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Symposia: The politics of pandemics: accountability for service continuity for women and girls Show Details
The politics of pandemics: accountability for service continuity for women and girls
With a changing climate and more interconnected world we should expect more pandemics like COVID-19. This requires health systems to become more resilient to continue to provide essential routine health services. Managing resilience of health systems depends on the capacity of managing actors, networks and institutions that have an influence on the health system to respond to their changing context. Understanding shifting political landscapes during pandemics, their effect on routine health services and being able to respond to these is crucial for health workers, civil society organizations and communities to take effective action to sustain progress made towards better health outcomes for women and girls.
This session provides an analysis of changed political environments in Afghanistan, Tanzania and Nigeria in response to COVID-19, and how this has impacted health services for women and girls. By doing this we aim to share insight into:
• how the politics of health changed during COVID-19 in different contexts, with closing decision making spaces, shifting agendas, changing decision makers and processes.
• what capacities and systems are needed among health workers, communities and other stakeholders to ensure health systems' ability to manage resilience.
• reflect on political economy approaches that enable stronger responsiveness to changing contexts and how this is essential for accountability and service continuity for women and girls during COVID-19.
Senior Evidence Advisor
Options Consultancy Services
IMPACT Project MERL Manager
Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania
National Officer, Health
Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan
Project Director, Evidence for Action (E4A)
Options Consultancy Services Ltd
Workshop: Advocacy 101 Show Details
Chris Dendys, Executive Director, Results Canada
Robyn Waite, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Results Canada
Lindsay Sheridan, Parliamentarian Affairs Officer, Results Canada
As the global landscape continues to evolve given new health challenges and environmental considerations, the need to work together as advocates to bring about change is stronger than ever. To achieve our global health goals, it is essential that there is collaboration across sectors, disciplines, and regions. This includes working with governments and policy makers. The global health advocacy undertaken by RESULTS Canada is an example of the necessity of such collaboration and the success that can be achieved in evidence-based advocacy. Advocacy has the power to not only move global initiatives into action, but to ensure that the often-excluded populations are brought into the decision-making processes. During this conference we will examine the compounding impact of climate change and global health challenges. An important component of this discussion is exploring how advocacy activities have pushed changes to equity in health, what lessons have been learned in bringing excluded populations to the decision-making table, and what challenges lay before us.
This workshop will provide an opportunity to do just that, and to challenge participants to consider the role they can play as advocates in pushing change in their own work.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Using RESULTS Canada’s advocacy model, participants will leave the workshop with:
• A clearer understanding of what advocacy is and why it is necessary in achieving our global health goals;
• A collection of advocacy tactics and methods that could be applied to moving their own work forward and the confidence to do so;
• An overview of some of the best practices, challenges, and opportunities in global health advocacy.
Oral: Vulnerable populations Show Details
Moderated by: Bilkis Vissandjee, Professeure, Université de Montréal, Canada
Shela Hirani, Associate Professor, University of Regina, Canada
Effects of climate change and natural disaster on lives of breastfeeding mothers: A critical ethnographic study in disaster relief camps
Maria Loureiro, Medical doctor, Global Health researcher, School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Impacts of covid-19 on young and vulnerable people living with non-communicable diseases (ncds) in a Brazilian rich city
Chloe Brown, MD Candidate, University of Toronto, Canada
COVID-19 and the social determinants of health: a rapid systematic review
Bilkis Vissandjee, Professeure, Université de Montréal, Canada
Expériences d’immigration, diversité culturelle, écart linguistique, rapports sociaux de genre : des déterminants qui transforment la réalité d’un contexte de pandémie
|2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
|3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Canadian Women in Global Health 2020 launch
|9:30 am - 10:00 am
|10:00 am - 11:00 am
Plenary 4: Plenary: Changing environment Show Details
Plenary: Changing environment
Moderater: Renzo Guinto, Chief Planetary Doctor, PH Lab
Musonda Mumba, Chief, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment
Onno Ruhl, General Manager, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)
Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit
Musonda Mumba is the new Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit since 1 June 2018. She joined UN Environment in October 2008, as a programme officer in Climate Change Adaptation Unit based in Nairobi, requested to lead the work on the development of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN) and also develop new proposals for the unit. She eventually secured resources to lead and coordinate the Ecosystems based Adaptation (EbA) Mountain Programme, a programmatic alliance with UN Environment, IUCN and UNDP (2011 – 2016) working in Peru, Nepal and Uganda. She has also been UN Environment’s focal point on Mountains. She has over 20 years experience working at both scientific and political levels on climate change adaptation, conservation, protected areas management and wetlands ecology. And before working for UN Environment, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention, WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices). Her professional experience led her to work with several governments across the world cutting across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)
Onno Ruhl is the General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH). Mr Ruhl held positions in the World Bank, as Country Director for Nigeria, and more recently as Country Director for India. He has a longstanding reputation for driving organisational change, building partnerships, as well as experience in emergency response and natural disaster reconstruction.
Chief Planetary Doctor
One of the staunchest, most exciting, and most innovative voices for the new discipline of planetary health, Renzo Guinto, MD DrPH is Chief Planetary Doctor of PH Lab – a “glo-cal think-and-do tank” for advancing the health of both people and the planet. He is Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Public Health and Inaugural Director of the Global Health Program of the St. Luke’s College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial in the Philippines.
Renzo is an Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader, Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, and Climate Reality Leader (through the initiative of former US Vice President Al Gore). Currently he is member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Lancet Planetary Health; adviser to the Forum on Climate Change and Health of the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar; and Next Generation One Health Adviser of the Lancet One Health Commission hosted by the University of Oslo.
Renzo received his Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard University and Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines. He has traveled to and lectured in nearly 50 countries; published more than 100 articles in scientific journals, books, and popular media; and directed and produced short films that communicate the message of planetary healing to the world.
|11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Symposia: Communities working together to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on TB programs around the world Show Details
Communities working together to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on TB programs around the world
Dr. Saurabh Rane, TB survivor and activist, Mumbai, India
Dr. Dina Fisher, Pulmonologist, co-chair of the Stop TB Canada Network
Luan Vo, Director, Friends for International TB Relief, Vietnam
Robyn Waite, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Results Canada and secretariat for the Stop TB Canada Network
In response to early warnings of COVID-19 having devastating impacts on tuberculosis (TB) programs around the world, 8 diverse global organizations quickly came together to take action. A civil-society led survey aiming to develop a rich understanding of experiences across regions and key stakeholder groups was launched in more than 5 languages, and yielded ~ 1000 responses. In this session key findings from this advocacy oriented research project will be presented and discussed.
Learning Objectives: Participants will leave the session with an enriched understanding of:
A. how people affected by TB and TB programs around the world are being impacted by the pandemic;
B. what the associated policy, programmatic and resource mobilization needs are, and how Canada has responded to date; and
C. how communities can mobilize from the ground up to take meaningful action to understand needs and shape policy agendas
He is a TB survivor
NA as per above he is TB survivor and advocate
Oral: Equity & Environment Show Details
Equity & Environment
Jeffrey McLean , Graduate Student, McMaster University, Canada
Canada’s Arctic ocean: Governance as a determinant of health
Lesley Johnston , Ph.D. Candidate, University of Waterloo, Canada
Sex work, gender equality, and the global mining economy – as they relate to climate change
Kelly Wu, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Faculty of Law, Brazil
Water rights and water duties: towards the implementation of a water citizenship
Kristie Daniel, Director, Livable Cities Program, HealthBridge, Canada
Reducing the spatial inequalities of public spaces in Asia and Africa
Gairdner Global Health Lauriat Address Show Details
Gairdner Global Health Lauriat Address
- Zulfiqar Bhutta, Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children
- Quarraisha & Salim Abdool Karim, CAPRISA, 2020 Gairdner Laureates
- Anthony Fauci, Director, NIAID
|12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Symposia: Strengthening COVID-19 response through synergies between Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and the Canadian government agencies. Show Details
Strengthening COVID-19 response through synergies between Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and the Canadian government agencies.
The turn of the year brought unprecedented challenges for the global community; COVID-19 has so far been the highlight for this very turbulent year in recent human history. As governments around the world faced the threat of the pandemic, the Canadian government scaled up its effort in providing support to Canadian both domestically and internationally. In preparation of the impending global epidemic, the Canadian government started identifying and engaging relevant partners early in January.
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC), has extensive experience in providing support in humanitarian crises at the Canadian and international levels, this experience was leveraged early on by the government in providing support to Canadian hospitalized in Japan due to COVID-19 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and later in setting up quarantine support for Canadians returning home from COVID-19 epidemic areas. The strength of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement lies in its global network of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the experience of each society in providing humanitarian aid in international settings.
This symposium will provide the audience with insights into leveraging international experience, existing programs and partnerships and scaling up rapid response in a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. The symposium will address the challenges and gaps in readiness for response and facilitate a wider discussion on the role of auxiliary agents of change such as CRC in providing support and building new partnerships in crises
• Provide an overview of CRC’s engagement with the government in responding the COVID-19.
• Highlight gaps and challenges that CRC has faced at various aspects to work with and respond to government requests
• Provide examples of agile programming and implementation during a pandemic.
• Establish a better understanding of the steps involved in forming meaningful collaborations with governmental agencies.
• Demonstrate the impact and role of non-governmental organizations in facilitating governmental responses during times of crisis will be illustrated.
Director Global Health Unit
Canadian Red Cross
Oral: Tools and Methods for Global Health programming Show Details
Tools and Methods for Global Health programming
Sarah Chibane, Medical student, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Canada
Assessing the environmental impact of international initiatives through CAS IEF’s carbon footprint
Hannah Marcus , Past Intern, World Federation of Public Health Associations, Canada
Understanding national barriers to climate change adaptation for public health- a global survey
Milena Nardocci, HealthBridge Foundation of Canada, Canada
Maximizing use of existing data to strengthen program design, evaluation, and impact
Elizabeth Dyke, Independent Consultant, Canada
Canada Learnings on conducting evaluations during and post COVID-19
|1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gairdner Global Health Discussion with Soumya Swaminathan Show Details
Gairdner Global Health Discussion with Soumya Swaminathan
Dr.Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Symposia: Leveraging Community Health projects in COVID-19 Preparedness and Response efforts Show Details
Leveraging Community Health projects in COVID-19 Preparedness and Response efforts
The unprecedented global public health crisis that represent COVID-19 pandemic through its implications on climate changes is highlighting once again interactions between health and climate. Though the COVID-19 pandemic encompass some short-term benefits in carbon reduction amid travel restrictions (1), along with foreseen important long term negative impacts including some setbacks in the climate actions , this crisis has highlighted important lessons that will benefit the global response to climate change.
More than ever, this global health crisis has reinforced the importance and the value of localization including local communities’ engagement & resilience building, preparedness, flexibility and adaptation, lessons that are all applicable to climate action. Building strong and resilient systems that can absorb big systemic chocs or risk such as a pandemic or climate related disasters while ensuring essential services are maintained require not only the science, but also the collective intelligence ensuring the communities voices are not left behind. It also requires flexible and adaptative and agile structures, mechanisms and approaches and more importantly, openness to innovation.
The value added of community-based workforces including community health workers, as frontline responders and agents of sustainable change have been well demonstrated (2) The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) work in last mile settings, aimed at saving life and reducing suffering, is grounded in the key principles of agility, flexibility and localization with an emphasis of preparing, building & strengthening the capacity of National Red Cross societies for effective response. The CRC is implementing through bilateral or multilateral partnerships, several community-based MNCH, SRHR and emergency preparedness and response projects in collaboration with communities worldwide. The Community-based workforce, including Community Health Workers (CHW) and Red Cross Volunteers (RCV), is the pivot of CRC supported health programing across the world. Investing in innovative products, approaches in design and services’ delivery is also a growing strategic priority for CRC to ensure and increase its effectiveness and its reach to the most vulnerable subsets of the targeted communities, including women, children, adolescent’s elderly, people with disabilities. Since the beginning of this COVID-19 pandemic, the CRC has been involved in the response both domestically in Canada and internationally, assisting sister National Red Cross societies in their responses.
This workshop will discuss the critical role and contribution of CHW/RCV as part of health systems in the COVID-19 response, as well as adaptative and innovative products and approaches used in the response to the pandemic in various contexts and at risk-communities.
• Illustrate how national societies have modified and tailored their ongoing projects and activities to adapt, cope, and respond to COVID-19 related relevant public health precautions and priorities;
• Highlight the contributions of community health workers and Red Cross Volunteers in response to COVID-19 pandemic in their communities
• Identify innovative products and process used for effective and safe services delivery by CHW and RCV to cope with COVID 19 related special needs and challenges.
References: 1. Corinne Le Quéré & all. Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement; May 19, 2020; https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0797-x 2. WHO, Universal health coverage Community health workers delivering primary health care: opportunities and challenges, December 2018 https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB144/B144_13-en.pdf?ua=1
Abdifatah Hussain Beledi
Community Based Surveillance Manager,
Somali Red Crescent Society, Somaliland
Haitian Red Cross Society
MNCH project’s National coordinator
Mali Red Cross Society
Canadian Red Cross, South Sudan
Director, Health Service Department
Nepal Red Cross Society
Symposia: At Cross-roads Between the Adverse Effects of Climate Change and the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Contribution of an Interdisciplinary Global Network Show Details
At Cross-roads Between the Adverse Effects of Climate Change and the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Contribution of an Interdisciplinary Global Network
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the potential of interdisciplinary collaboration within a network to strengthen health systems, advocate for change, improve care, and embracing civil societies for equitable care that is visible, accountable and transparent to the communities it serves.
This panel aims to illustrate and discuss the contribution of an organized network, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), in the rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic, anchored within the complexities of climate change adverse effects, already embedded in the lived realities of populations across the globe.
|2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Gairdner Global Health with Peter Piot Show Details
Gairdner Global Health with Peter Piot
Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
|3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
|8:00 am - 9:00 am
Opening of the 10th Global Forum on Health Promotion Show Details
Opening of the 10th Global Forum on Health Promotion
|9:00 am - 10:00 am
Organizing Civil Society for impactful Health Promotion – learning from what we have learned before, what needs to be done differently Show Details
Organizing Civil Society for impactful Health Promotion – learning from what we have learned before, what needs to be done differently
|10:00 am - 11:00 am
Innovation for health – what works for achieving healthier populations – the experience of Health Nexus Show Details
Innovation for health – what works for achieving healthier populations – the experience of Health Nexus
|10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop: Transcending the coin: modeling inclusive allyship Show Details
Transcending the coin: modeling inclusive allyship
Global health needs to come to terms with privilege and oppression. Our group of global health actors – brought together by a common purpose of confronting ableism and celebrating disability – will facilitate group discussions about privilege, oppression, and allyship. We will use lived experiences to inform case study examples.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe how health inequities are created by systemic structures of privilege and oppression rather than arbitrary or naturally occurring patterns of “vulnerability.”
2. Reflect on their own positionality relative to the intersectional dimensions of privilege and oppression.
3. Identify ways that dimensions of privilege and oppression operate within global health.
4. Discuss ways of practicing allyship, including the centrality of supporting campaigns led by members of oppressed groups (#NothingAboutUsWithoutUs, #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, #IdleNoMore, etc.).
5. Identify potential pitfalls of allyship.
English and French breakout groups will be available.
Campus Outaouais at McGill
Director, Clinical Faculty Affairs/ Occupational Therapist
University of British Columbia/ BC Children's Hospital
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Université de Montréal
University of Toronto
Executive Lead- Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
PhD candidate & Instructor
McGill University & Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
|11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Symposia: The future leadership for Health Promotion – youth engagement Show Details
The future leadership for Health Promotion – youth engagement
Symposia: Health Literacy tackling the challenge of increasing inequity Show Details
Health Literacy tackling the challenge of increasing inequity
|12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Global Forum Recommendations – Action Plan Show Details
Global Forum Recommendations – Action Plan
Recommendations come from the participants of the Global Forum moderated by the Alliance for Health Promotion.
|12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Symposia: Building resilience and improving health in communities Show Details
Building resilience and improving health in communities
Celso Belo, Dean, University of Lurio, Mozambique;
Muhammed Yagana, Bauchi state representative, Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria, Nigeria;
Lakwe Gebretsadik, Associate professor, Jimma University, Ethiopia;
Rosalie Diop, Professor, Cheikh Anta Diop University – Dakar, Senegal,
Edward Kataika, Director of programs, East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community
This symposium will share IMCHA’s experience of how MNCH can be improved by enhancing community health through involvement of CHWs. The discussion will also seek to understand whether health system strengthening that involves communities is a sustainable approach to addressing MNCH challenges and attaining targets set nationally, and internationally such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Strategies that have worked and those that have not as expected will also be discussed, as well as what needs to be improved.
Furthermore, the current COVID-19 pandemic and past experiences with infectious diseases such as the Ebola outbreaks in West and Central Africa emphasize the crucial role that communities and CHWs play in responding to crises. Studies have shown that engaging communities and CHWs late hinders an effective response. We will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and learn from different contexts, including fragile ones like South Sudan, and the resilience of their communities. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other.
The learning objectives for this symposium are:
- To learn about innovative approaches used to engage with communities to create better linkage with the health system and facilitate access to life saving services.
- To learn about how communities and CHWs cope with and respond to crises.
- To learn about the ability to redeploy CHWs to respond to crises.
University of Lurio
Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar
East, Central and Southern African Health Community
University of Ottawa
Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria
Workshop: Interweaving nutrition and gender equality in programming: the gender-transformative framework for nutrition Show Details
Interweaving nutrition and gender equality in programming: the gender-transformative framework for nutrition
Melani O’Leary, World Vision Canada, Health Technical Specialist
Lara Steinhouse (TBC), Global Affairs Canada, Nutrition Specialist
Iselin Danbolt, Scaling Up Nutrition, Communication Specialist
Amal Ben Ameur, Save the Children Canada, Health and Nutrition Advisor
Alison Riddle, Bruyere Research Institute, Researcher
Within a few months, COVID-19 has had significant and negative impacts on global health, nutrition, and poverty, and exacerbated inequality related to food systems, gender equality, and gender-based violence (GBV). A common experience during crisis is that already strained food systems and income sources mean that nutritious food is less available, and women and girls are most vulnerable to eating least, last, and poorer quality food. Women and girls are also more at risk of gender-based violence and forced marriage, as incomes disappear and women and girls are confined to close quarters with their abusers.
Learning Objectives: Through a short panel presentation, participants will learn and review the fundamental interlinkages between nutrition and gender equality, and how gains and losses in one area result in gains and losses in the other. The coalition will then, using breakout groups, host an in-depth discussion on the multi-layered, gendered causes of malnutrition, and the need for similarly layered interventions that recognize the agency of women and girls. Participants will explore the relationship between gender equality and nutrition and share program experiences and insights on how to approach gender-transformative programming. Participant shared experiences and feedback will be used to refine the Gender-Transformative Framework for Nutrition and associated toolkit.
Nutrition Technical Specialist
World Vision Canada
Oral: Addressing burden of diseases through community lenses Show Details
Addressing burden of diseases through community lenses
Eunice Adeoti Salubi, University of Waterloo, Canada
Geospatial analysis of cholera patterns in Nigeria
Amanuel Gidebo, Technical Specialist, World Vision Canada, Canada
Building Climate Resilient and Gender Equitable Health Systems for Improved SRH/MNH Outcomes
Farida El Kalaawy, Canadian Red Cross, Canada
Building Health System Resilience through Localized Epidemic Programming: Lessons from an Acute Diarrheal Disease Outbreak and COVID-19 Response in Somaliland
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Plenary 5: Closing Plenary Show Details