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GHF2014 – PS23 – Inclusive Decision Making and Local Health Policy Development

Inclusive Decision Making and Local Health Policy Development
Ms. Monika Christofori-Khadka, Health Advisor, Swiss Red Cross, Switzerland
Equity and Local Government: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr. Vera Coelho, Coordinator, Citizenship, Health and Development Group, Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning, Brazil
Inclusive Decision-Making and Community Empowerment for Health and Well-being: The Health Promotion and System Strengthening Project in Tanzania
Dr. Kate Molesworth, Senior Public Health Specialist and Reproductive Health and Social Development Adviser, Swiss Centre for International Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Strengthening Health Systems and Democracy Through the Empowerment of Rural Indigenous People for Rights Claiming in Guatemala
Dr. Walter Flores, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems, Guatemala

Khadka Profile PhotoMs. Monika Christofori-Khadka

Trained physiotherapist, working in several institutions in Germany.

1993-1996   Physiotherapist tutor in Tansen, Nepal

1999             Masters in Community Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

2000-2005   Health Delegate in Bangladesh re-establishing and managing a MNCH programme of the Bangladesh Red Crescent  Society

2006-2012   Programme Coordinator for Kyrgystan, Nepal and China/Tibet with Swiss Red Cross, Switzerland

2010-2012   Masters in Health Economics, Policy and Management, London School of Economics, UK

Since 2013   Health Adviser of the Swiss Red Cross

VeraCoelhofoto (2)Dr. Vera Coelho

I have a PhD in social sciences in the area of “State and Public Policies” and I work at CEBRAP, an independent and interdisciplinary research center located in São Paulo, Brazil. I work with both qualitative and quantitative research methods, evaluating policies and coordinating comparative research projects in the areas of health systems, citizen involvement and pension reform. During the last twenty years I had some nice opportunities to combine professional responsibilities and personal interests as, for example, in 2008 when I went to the State of Gujarat in India to research the social justice committees at the panchayat, the local governance institutions. During my stay, I attended yoga classes, it was a great experience.

walter flores at IDRC-Beijing receptionDr. Walter Flores

Dr. Flores, a national from Guatemala, is a social scientist with over 20 years of professional experience. He holds a PhD and a Masters of Community Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.  His professional work has been carried-out in more than 20 countries from Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. His areas of expertise are:  health policy analysis, health equity, right to health, democratic governance of  public policies and community participation in public policies. Currently, Dr. Flores is the director of  Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems), a civil society organization in Guatemala specialized in research, capacity building and advocacy around issues affecting indigenous and other marginalized populations (

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