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GHF2012 – Opening Ceremony

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 Plenary session, Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, April 18 2013, 17:45-19:15, Room 2
17:45 Welcome messages
Prof. Louis Loutan, President, Geneva Health Forum
Mr. Bernard Gruson, Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals of Geneva
Prof. Henri Bounameaux, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
Mr. Pierre Maudet, Mayor of Geneva
Ambassador Dante Martinelli, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Office
18:15 Keynote adresses
Andy Williamson, Musician, United Kindgom
Sridhar Venkatapuram, Philosopher, United Kingdom
Grace Marie Ku, Family physician, the Philippines
18h45 Cocktail
Courtesy, the Republic and State of Geneva

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  1. Making chronic diseases everyone’s business, private and public sectors, from government’s to individuals.

    The issue is complex, but we are here to find the solutions. To add to this challenge we are in a situation of a global crisis,  which impacts how we will be able to address this challenge, but also contributes to its severity. 

    How to address this:
    Systemic approach
    Questionning what and how we do the things we do
    Shift in acute to chronic care
    Reorganising health systems
    Moving away from disease based approaches
    Redefining the role of hospitals 
    Changing the roles of healthcare workers and the types of healthcare workers we will need
    Multisectoral approach

    That is the scientific and political perspective…

    The Philosopher’s perspective – address justice and look at what we want the society we live in to look like. Also how was the decision made to include some NCDs and exclude others from the High Level Meeting reflect certain interests and exclude a global ethical debate on what should be done. This exclusion was also linked to lack of inclusion of true frontliners from the debate.

    The Frontliner’s perspective – a wider approach to health taking a societal, sociological and cultural perspective is needed. Listening to our patients and tailoring response to the individual, their family, culture and society. Again the view from the frontlines is what type of society do we live in that creates the risk factors for chronic diseases, but also places barriersnto care.

    The individual with a chronic disease’s perspective – avoiding feeling helpless!
    Freedom given by new treatment options.
    Sharing experiences with others getting on with their lives, day to day of living with a condition and interactions with peers is the most important thing in helping people deal with their condition.
    Access to information about your chronic condition.
    Coping strategies: learning and laughing (getting on with life, making a game of a chronic condition).
    A new form of interaction with your healthcare provider.

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