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GHF2014 – PS33 – Global Health Education: What are the Priorities for the Global Health Curriculum?

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PS33 THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 13 ICON_Fishbowl
Global Health Education:
What are the Priorities for the Global Health Curriculum?

MODERATOR:
Prof. André-Jacques Neusy
Chief executive officer, Training for Health Equity Network , Belgium
SPEAKERS:
Ms. Kristina Graff
Director of Global Health Programs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, United States
Abstract: Princeton’s University Global Health Program: Research and Teaching at the Nexus of Science, Policy and Social Science
Dr. David Beran
Researcher and Lecturer, Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Mr. Clément Graindorges
Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Ms. Carol Savatier
Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Ms. Eloïse Magnenat
Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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AJ Neusy_squareProf. André-Jacques Neusy

André-Jacques Neusy, MD, DTM&H, is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet). THEnet is a global network of socially accountable schools of health sciences and medicine that aims to produce health equity through optimizing the health workforce, contributing to quality health systems and influencing the determinants of health, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Dr. Neusy is a retired Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine where he founded and directed the Center for Global Health until 2007. He is a visiting professor in several universities around the world.

Dr. Neusy earned his medical degree at the Free Univ. of Brussels and a Doctorate in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp-Belgium. He completed his postdoctoral medical training at New York University Medical Center, joined its faculty in 1974 and became the director of the nephrology section at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center in 1984.

Dr. Neusy frequently consults on health workforce development for academic institutions, governments and international organizations. He was a past president of the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC), a consortium of more than 80 North American Universities that have global health programs. Dr. Neusy is an ambassador of US-based Freedom from Hunger. He serves on scientific and health committees of various organizations including the International Society for Urban Health, the American Near East Refugee Association, Capacity-Plus, and the Global Forum on Health Professional Education for the 21st Century at the Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Sciences.

Graff PhotoMs. Kristina Graff

Kristina Graff is Director of Global Health Programs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, responsible for overseeing and expanding a broad array of domestic and international research and teaching initiatives. She previously served as the Director of Special Initiatives at the New York City Department of Health’s Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, where she advanced new programs in teen pregnancy prevention, breastfeeding promotion, sex education and support for high-risk mothers and their infants. On the international front she worked on policy, advocacy and service delivery programs to improve women’s health in developing countries through positions at Women’s Dignity Project and EngenderHealth, and through consultancies with the United Nations Population Fund, Family Care International, and Population Action International. Kristina received her Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and she completed her bachelor’s degree at Duke University.

Beran190Dr. David Beran

David Beran is a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Geneva within the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine.

David is a Swiss national who grew up in Geneva. He holds a BSc in Management with an Emphasis in Marketing. Following his first degree, he worked for a leading Swiss Biotech Company in both Health Policy and Government Relations and Public Relations. He then obtained his MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For his Masters’ dissertation, David worked at the WHO looking at ways of preventing Type 2 diabetes in children. David has recently completed his PhD looking at the needs of people with Type 1 diabetes in 13 countries at University College London (UCL).

Before joining the University of Geneva, David was the Project Coordinator of the International Insulin Foundation (IIF) since its establishment in November 2002 until September 2011. As of September 2011 David became Advisor to the Board of Trustees. In parallel to his role at the IIF, David was also based at the Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health, UCL, where he was a Senior Research Fellow, with both teaching and research responsibilities in the areas of health management, access to medicines, diabetes, chronic diseases and health systems in developing countries.

GHF2014 – PS28 – Patient-Centric Technology: Innovation for Health

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PS28 THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 15 ICON_Fishbowl
Patient-Centric Technology: Innovation for Health
MODERATOR:
Mr. Hani Eskandar
ICT Applications Coordinator, ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division,  Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU, Switzerland
SPEAKERS (tentative):
Dr. Oliver Harrison
Senior Vice President, Healthways International; Consultant to WHO on mHealth for tackling Non-Communicable Diseases, Switzerland
Mr. Andrés Martin
Head of Digital Strategic Planning, BUPA
Mr. Sameer Pujari
mHEALTH secretariat for WHO and ITU joint program on mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases, WHO, Switzerland
Mr. Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto
Counsellor for ITU-T Study Group 16, Secretariat of the ITU Standardization Sector, Switzerland
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With the fast pace of technology development and the demand of improved service accessibility and quality, disruptive innovation has been having the perfect environment and opportunity to show its potential. Within healthcare, this mainly took form as the now very well-known field of personalized medicine, which allowed information and services to be more accessible to patients, healthcare professionals as well as the overall public and private sectors. Due to higher interaction between stakeholders, health services accessibility and quality will improve and to meet everyone’s expectations and needs. These technology advances allowed patient’s empowerment as well as the emergence of new services and trends. Special focus has been put on wearable technologies, which with time have been widening its use and purpose besides decreasing in size. Such technologies enabled the self-management of patients with chronic diseases, the improvement of quality of life of elderly and the promotion of healthier behaviors concerning physical activity and nutrition. Smart watches or bracelets track now users’ activities, wireless sensors correct a person’s posture, ingestible sensors are used for drugs’ compliance, biosensing clothing monitor heart rate and activity among many others. Innovation within healthcare has therefore been focused more and more on each person’s unique conditions and needs.The objective of the session is to facilitate a dialog between all stakeholders involved, namely government regarding policy-making and standardization requirements, private sector regarding future technology advances and trends, healthcare providers regarding new opportunities and international organizations regarding required global actions to unlock possible bottlenecks and to address challenges that will accelerate large scale uptake of these new technologies for improved health outcomes.
PROFILES:

Hani_EskandarMr. Hani Eskandar

Mr. Hani Eskandar is the ICT Applications Coordinator at the ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU. Mr. Eskandar is currently involved in providing assistance to several developing countries by advising on eApplications strategies and policies, assisting in implementing technical co-operation projects and developing guidelines and best-practices on eApplications.

Previously, Mr. Eskandar had extensive experience in the field of ICT for Development where he, through his work with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Switzerland and, UNDP and other NGOs in Egypt, was involved in several development projects in the fields of Health, Education, Illiteracy Eradication, Community Development, SME development and Micro Credits. This included, among others, introducing Telemedicine services in rural areas, introducing ICT in Schools, creating Community Development Portals, Community Learning Centres, developing e-Learning and training programs for Youth.

Mr. Eskandar has an educational background in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) and has completed an MBA from McGill University, Canada and a Master Degree in Social and Economic Development Studies from University of Paris I, France.

Oliver_Harrison_squareDr. Oliver Harrison

Dr. Oliver Harrison is a Senior Vice President with Healthways International, a global health and wellbeing company specializing in population health management based on more than 30 years of experience.  He is also a Consultant to the WHO for their joint initiative on mHealth for tackling Non-Communicable Diseases, and Co-Founder of Platform Health (www.platform-health.org), a non-profit Standards Development Organisation and ITU Sector Member.  Platform was created to help close the remaining gaps to enable secure “plug and play” health data system interoperability, including mobile.

Until 2013, as Director of Strategy at the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, Dr. Harrison helped drive a comprehensive health system reform.  Progress was driven and tracked using data from pioneering IT systems designed/implemented by the Health Authority team (www.shafafiya.org); these systems have become the blueprint for several additional countries (http://bit.ly/1hQRSMA).  Dr. Harrison established the Abu Dhabi Public Health Department, which used these data systems as the foundation to design and implement “Weqaya” – an award-winning population health management programme targeting diabetes, hypertension, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease (www.weqaya.ae).

Before Abu Dhabi, Dr. Harrison spent five years with McKinsey working worldwide with the healthcare practice.  He is a UK physician with US National Board Certification in Public Health, and Masters’ degrees in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and Neuroscience from Cambridge University, a Non-Executive Director of Guy’s and St. Thomas’s NHS Trust, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behaviour and Cognitive Science.

Andres_Martin_squareMr. Andrés Martin

Andrés Martin Diana was born in Seville, Spain, has academic background in Media and holds a MBA by the IE Business School (Madrid). He has been working in the digital arena since 1997, when he co-founded and managed a pioneering online content start-up. Passionate about healthcare disruption by innovative online services and technologies, he led the digital marketing, sales and services for Sanitas, a leading healthcare company in Spain, until 2008. After that, he was responsible for Bupa’s global digital strategy until 2013. He now leads the partnership between Bupa and the WHO and ITU for mHealth, supporting the initiative Be Healthy Be Mobile to tackle non communicable diseases globally. He has been invited as speaker in several international conferences on strategy, digital transformation and eHealth/mHealth

Sameer_PujariMr. Sameer Pujari

Currently with WHO, Sameer Pujari is part of the mHEALTH secretariat for the flagship WHO and ITU joint program on mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases; Be He@lthy Be Mobile. With WHO, he has also provided technical advise and support to over 30 countries in the development of surveillance and management information systems. He is also a core member of the Health Data Forum at WHO and the co-chair of the WHO mHEALTH working group. Before coming to WHO, Sameer worked with the US Governments health agency helping various countries build informatics systems for immunization and vaccination programs in Asia Europe and Africa. He started his career working with WHO's National Polio Surveillance Project in India for 7 years, where he led the development and implementation of various information management systems for surveillance across the country.

Campos NetoMr. Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto

Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto joined the secretariat of the ITU Standardization Sector in 2002, and is the Counsellor for ITU-T Study Group 16 (for standardization work on multimedia services, protocols, systems, terminals and media coding, including accessibility, IoT, IPTV and Digital Signage). He organized several workshops (e.g. Multimedia in NGN, Telecoms for Disaster Relief, RFID, E-health standards; SIIT2005) and was the editor of the first version of the ITU-T Security Manual.

Prior to joining ITU in 2002, Mr Campos worked for 8 years as a scientist in COMSAT Laboratories performing standards representation and quality assessment for digital voice coding systems, and before that he was a researcher at Telebras’s R&D Center (CPqD).

A Senior Member of the IEEE, Mr Campos authored several academic papers and position papers, served in the review committee of several IEEE-sponsored conferences, and organized the first ITU Kaleidoscope Conference.

Dr. David Beran

Beran190Dr. David Beran

Researcher and Lecturer, Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

David is a Swiss national who grew up in Geneva. He holds a BSc in Management with an Emphasis in Marketing. Following his first degree, he worked for a leading Swiss Biotech Company in both Health Policy and Government Relations and Public Relations. He then obtained his MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For his Masters’ dissertation, David worked at the WHO looking at ways of preventing Type 2 diabetes in children. David has recently completed his PhD looking at the needs of people with Type 1 diabetes in 13 countries at University College London (UCL).

Previously David was the Project Coordinator of the International Insulin Foundation (IIF) since its establishment in November 2002 until September 2011. As of September 2011 David became Advisor to the Board of Trustees. In parallel to his role at the IIF, David was also based at the Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health, UCL, where he was a Senior Research Fellow, with both teaching and research responsibilities in the areas of health management, access to medicines, diabetes, chronic diseases and health systems in developing countries.

Mrs. Maria Kathia Cardenas

PS06_Maria Kathia CardenasMrs. Maria Kathia Cardenas

Investigator, CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru

Mrs. Cardenas is a Peruvian investigator at CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) based in Lima. She graduated from Economics and studied a Master in Epidemiological Research at UPCH through a Fellowship supported by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Prior to her move to CRONICAS, she worked in areas devoted to Economic Evaluation of Projects and Public Policy in Social Development at two larger economic and development Think Tanks in Peru: Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico and Instituto de Estudios Peruanos. Her area of main interest is Health economics applied to chronic diseases. Her desire and main motivation is to help improving the quality of people's lives of Peruvian population through better health status, especially of the most deprived.

Dr. Steven van de Vijver

PS06_VijverDr. Steven van de Vijver

Senior Research Officer, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya

During his studies he worked in Ethiopia, India, Australia and the United States and published articles on this in various magazines.

After specializing as a tropical doctor he worked for Doctors without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There he discovered the need for care of chronic diseases, and specifically cardiovascular diseases, in low resource countries. In order to obtain this expertise he went back to The Netherlands to finish his specialization in Family Medicine and Masters in International Health in order to focus on primary health care in slums. He obtained the position of Director of Urban Health, at the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and moved with his family to Kenya to work on prevention of cardiovascular diseases in slums. Currently he works as a Senior Research Officer at the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC) on the SCALE UP project. The aim of the SCALE UP study is to design an effective and efficient intervention to prevent cardiovascular diseases in the slums of Nairobi that is sustainable and scalable to other settings in Sub Saharan Africa.

GHF2014 – PS19 – Improving Access to Essential Medicines

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PS19 WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL 2014 ROOM: MOTTA
ICON_Fishbowl
Improving Access to Essential Medicines
MODERATOR:
Dr. Gilles Forte
Department for Essential Medicines and Health Products, World Health Organization, Switzerland
SPEAKERS:
Strengthening Health Systems to Achieve Access to Essential Medicines
Ms. Alessandra Ferrario
Research Officer, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
Dr. Nicholas Banatvala
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Dept., World Health Organization, Switzerland
Dr. Nils Billo
International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, Switzerland
Ms. Maria Kathia Cárdenas
CRONICAS Centre, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
Dr. Julie Sarah Torode
Deputy CEO and Advocacy & Programmes Director, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Switzerland
Mr. Mario Ottiglio
Director, Public Affaires and Global Health Policy, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations IFPMA, Switzerland
Ms. Margaret Ewen
Coordinator, Global Health Projects (Pricing), Health Action International (HAI), The Netherlands
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This session at the Geneva Health Forum 2014 will aim to discuss the experience from different countries looking at barriers and facilitators to achieving the 80% target in different contexts and use this experience to see if lessons can be learnt on a global level and inform the implementation of concrete actions by different actors to reach this target. Following the presentation of country experiences different global actors will respond to the challenges presented as detail how they could see the problems being solved at what roles different stakeholders can play.
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PS19_Gilles_ForteDr. Gilles Forte

Dr. Gilles Forte is the Coordinator of the “Essential Medicines and Health Products Policy, Access and Use team” at WHO headquarters. He is also Secretariat of expert committees on selection and use of medicines and on drug dependence.

Dr. Forte leads the development of guidance and tools for improving and monitoring WHO Member States policy, governance, access and use of medicines and health products, including for NCDs. Prior to this, he coordinated WHO medicines policy work in the WHO African Region.

Dr. Forte oversaw WHO collaboration with Countries of Central and Eastern Europe while based in the EURO Office in Copenhagen. He was also Medicines Policy and Supply officer for the WHO emergency operations in the former Yugoslavia. He is one of the authors of the WHO Guidelines for Drug Donations and has developed a series of emergency medical kits including for NCDs. Dr Forte has extensive experience of the NGO sector, having worked with a number of aid agencies involved in development and humanitarian programmes in Africa and Eastern Europe.

Trained in hospital pharmacy and public health, Dr. Forte holds a doctorate in pharmacy and a Master’s degree in pharmacology and nutrition. He has also held senior posts in the French public health system and at the national centre for scientific research.

Alessandra_Ferrario3Ms. Alessandra Ferrario

Alessandra Ferrario is a Research Officer in health policy at London School of Economics. Her research focuses on access to medicines and non-communicable diseases. One of her current research projects looks at improving budget impact and cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical products through the introduction of managed entry agreements (MEAs). Over the past two years she has been working with the World Health Organization on issues around availability, affordability and quality of medicines in the Republic of Moldova.

Alessandra is also studying the burden and management of diabetes, both from a health and economic perspective, as part of a multi-country study in low- and middle-income countries. In previous projects she has investigated the determinants of price and utilisation differences for prescription medicines across OECD countries and issues related to good governance for medicines in low and middle income countries. She holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (LSE/LSHTM), MSc in Epidemiology (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel) and BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Basel).

Nick Banatvala_squareDr. Nicholas Banatvala

Dr Nick Banatvala is currently Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General (Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health) at WHO in Geneva. Current responsibilities include leading development of a global coordination mechanism for the prevention and control of  NCDs, spearheading a newly set up UN NCD Taskforce and leading WHO’s global training programme to build capacity on NCDs for senior policy makers in middle and low-income countries.

Prior to this, Nick was Head of Global Affairs at the Department of Health in England where he led the development and implementation of the UK Government's first-ever global health strategy, its strategy for working with WHO and DH’s bilateral engagement with emerging economies. Before that, he headed up DFID’s work on global health initiatives and scaling up health services. This included leading on the health inputs for the 2005 G8 Gleneagles communiqué. He has represented the UK on a number of international initiatives, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and GAVI. Prior to this, Nick worked for DFID on health programmes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Nick has experience of the NGO sector, having worked with the UK aid agency Merlin on development and humanitarian programmes.

Nick trained in paediatrics and infectious diseases and then did public health and epidemiologic research in the UK and at CDC, Atlanta. Nick has also held senior posts in UK public health. Nick has sat on government, non-government and academic boards, as well as national and international committees. He has undertaken consultancies for a number of agencies including the World Bank.

PS19_Nils_BilloDr. Nils Billo

Dr. Nils E. Billo, MD, MPH was Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) from 1992 to June 2013.

Under the leadership of Dr. Billo, The Union has grown into a leading international health organisation, with more than 10,000 members and subscribers in 152 countries, and some 300 staff and consultants working from Paris and regional and country offices in 13 countries. The Union's mandate has expanded to include not only tuberculosis and lung disease, but also some of today's most vital interrelated public health issues, such as child lung health, HIV/AIDS, the pandemic of diseases caused by tobacco use and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Dr. Billo completed his medical training at the University of Basel, Switzerland and holds a Master's of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the Stop TB Coordinating Board and past president of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), which organised the 2010 Year of the Lung campaign. Before joining The Union, he was head of the Epidemiology Section of the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

Dr. Billo is currently working as Senior Consultant for The Union.

PS06_Maria Kathia CardenasMs. Maria Kathia Cárdenas

Maria Kathia Cárdenas, BA, MSc(c), is a Peruvian investigator at CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH). Maria Kathia graduated from Economics and studied a Master in Epidemiological Research at UPCH through a Fellowship supported by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) . Prior to her move to CRONICAS, she worked in areas devoted to Economic Evaluation of Projects and Public Policy in Social Development at two larger economic and development Think Tanks in Peru: Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico and Instituto de Estudios Peruanos. Her area of interest is Health economics applied to chronic diseases.

She is the co-investigator in a research that received a seed grant award from NHLBI on lifestyles and cost of hypertension and she managed a health-system study looking into overcoming barriers to access care and treatment for chronic non-communicable diseases in Peru funded by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization. Currently, she is in charge of the economic evaluation of a large study launching a salt substitute to reduce blood pressure at the population level supported by the NHLBI under The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

PS19_Julie_TorodeDr. Julie Torode

Based in Geneva, Julie Torode is Deputy CEO and Advocacy & Programmes.

Director of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

In addition to managing some of the UICC flagship publications such as the TNM classification series and the International Journal of Cancer, Dr Torode has been instrumental in developing and instigating the UICC road map spanning global advocacy and 5 lead programmes. Influencing policy at the highest level includes leading UICCs campaign ahead of the High Level Meeting on NCDs in 2011, as well as UICCs work as founding federation of the NCD Alliance and the women’s task force on NCDs and health with partner organizations from the NCD, HIV-AIDs and reproductive health space. Recent work includes establishing programme leads on the Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative and Cervical Cancer Initiative as well as a review of the UICC fellowships and training offer. Dr Torode leads UICCs strategic relationships with key partners IARC (Global Initiative on Cancer registry Development), IAEA (PACT partnership) and WHO (joint work plan as NGO in official relations) as well as UICC members active in international cancer control.

Prior to joining UICC, she spent the last 10 years in Germany working in the pharmaceutical industry including phase I-IV clinical research - with a particular focus on breast and ovarian cancers, professional relations management and working with patient groups in oncology. She has a special interest in cancer prevention and palliative care. Dr Torode holds a PhD in Organic chemistry from the University of Liverpool.

PS19_Mario_Ottiglio_squareMr. Mario Ottiglio

Mario Ottiglio is Director at the IFPMA where he has been working since 2007 in positions of increasing responsibility. Mario leads on global health policy, coordinates IFPMA Members’ policy positions and conveys them to government and UN Specialized Agencies officials.

Mario also heads IFPMA’s public affairs and communications efforts, developing partnerships and promoting active dialogue with key stakeholders from governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society.

Prior to joining the IFPMA, Mario worked as a consultant for both the private sector and governments. Mario holds an MA in Political Science from the Naples Eastern University and is an Italian national.

PS19_Margaret_Ewen_squareMs. Margaret Ewen

Margaret is a pharmacist working on medicine price, availability and affordability issues at Health Action International (HAI) in Amsterdam.

In partnership with the World Health Organization, a methodology manual for measuring medicine prices, availability, affordability and price components was first published in 2003 (with a second edition published in 2008). To date, Marg has led or assisted more than 100 medicine price and availability surveys in all regions of the world, and provided pricing policy advice to numerous national governments.

She is currently looking at prices and affordability of NCD medicines in some Middle Eastern countries, and developing a methodology to compare prices of locally produced and imported medicines. Prior to joining HAI, Marg was a senior advisor at the Medicines Regulatory Authority (Medsafe) in her home country of New Zealand.

GHF2014 – PS16 – Unpacking Health Systems Through System Thinking

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PS16 WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 3 ICON_Talk
Unpacking Health Systems Through System Thinking
MODERATOR:
Dr. Taghreed Adam, MD, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HSR), Health Systems and Innovation (HIS), World Health Organization, Switzerland
SPEAKERS:
Evaluating Systems-Thinking for District Managers : Ghana
Ms. Aku Kwamie, Researcher, Health Policy, Planning and Management, University of Ghana School of Public Health, Ghana
Understanding the Growing Complexity of Governing Immunization Services in Kerala, India
Dr. Joe Varghese, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, NCD Lifespan Training Program, Centre for Chronic Diseases Control
Dual Practice in Uganda: the Evolution and Management of a Complex Phenomenon
Dr. Ligia Paina Bergman, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, United States
Exploring Primary Care: System Dynamics in USA and Romania
Mrs. Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel, PhD Candidate, Health Services Research & Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United States
Learning from Evidence: Advice-Seeking Behaviour Among Primary Health Care Physicians in Pakistan
Dr. Asmat Malik, Director Research and Development, Department of Research and Development, Integrated Health Services, Pakistan
OUTLINE:
PROFILES:

PS16_Taghreed_AdamDr. Taghreed Adam

Taghreed Adam is a Pediatrician and Health Economist. Having joined WHO in 1999, she focused on methodological and analytical developments in the areas of costing and the economic evaluation of health interventions. Her main research contributions include the multi-country evaluation of IMCI and the WHO-CHOICE project on cost-effectiveness analysis.  Dr Adam joined the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research in February 2008. She leads various projects, notably research to advance the methods and application of “systems thinking” concepts in strengthening health systems of low-income and middle-income countries; and the Alliance’ portfolio on capacity strengthening of health policy and systems researchers. Before joining WHO, she worked with the Egyptian Ministry of Health in their Health Sector Reform Project, particularly in the development of a universal health insurance package for the Egyptian population.

AkuKwamieMs. Aku Kwamie

Aku Kwamie is a health systems researcher based at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. Her current area of research is district level governance. Ms Kwamie also has research interests in management and leadership, accountability, decentralisation, complexity science, and maternal and newborn health. She has worked internationally in community health settings in Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Lesotho, and Canada. Ms Kwamie holds degrees from the University of Toronto and King's College London. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis.

PS16_Joe_VargheseDr. Joe Varghese

I am a NIH D43 Research Fellow associated with Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi and Rollin School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta. I have master and doctoral degree in public health from Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram and currently, undergoing MSc in Global Health Policy (Distance Learning), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. I have over 12 years of involvement in public health at the national level as a health system researcher, policy expert and program manager.  I am associated with Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, the Indian affiliate of People’s Health Movement. My research and publications are related to Panchayat Raj Institutions and health sector, sex ratio at birth of Delhi hospitals, public health ethics, analytical frameworks for public health policies & programs and immunization & health governance. My current interest and researches are in the area of policy priorities for NCD prevention and control, population level behaviour change interventions, complexity of public health governance and in the development and application of System Thinking frameworks for public health.

Ligia Paina 2014Dr. Ligia Paina Bergman

Ligia Paina is an Assistant Scientist in the International Health Department of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). Her research interests include health workforce policy, complex adaptive systems, and research and organizational capacity development in low and middle income countries.

Ligia's experience in global health is focused on health systems strengthening and health systems research.  As a Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University, she has contributed to the design, management, and analysis of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research studies. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Ligia worked as a Health System Advisor in the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition at the U. S. Agency for International Development.

Ligia holds a PhD and a MHS in International Health - Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

PS16_Andrada_Tomoaia_CotiselMrs. Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel

My long-term career goal is to improve population health via improving health systems (HS).  My PhD dissertation explores the impact of primary care structures on patients’ risk of hospitalization.  The purpose of my research is to make a robust assessment of the dynamic interactions of these health system components and resulting outcomes.  My first job in public health (PH) was studying the effect of exertional heat illness on Marine Corps recruits with Sickle Cell trait.  I saw the importance of PH in identifying and protecting vulnerable populations. As an undergraduate intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, I observed the complex interactions between NGOs and national health ministries that characterize effective health systems. I observed the paramount role HS plays in PH. After graduation, as an unpaid, uninsured, USAID intern, I got sick.  I sought care from a local community health center. Grateful for their help, I soon found myself working at one such organization.  There, I witnessed up close how changes in the local health service delivery system, such as interdisciplinary preventive care, could result in higher quality care for patients and improve cost-effectiveness. I saw how HS improvement happens and made it my long term goal to participate, whether my career takes me in research, policy or practice – hopefully all of the above!

AsmatMalikDr. Asmat Malik

Dr. Asmat Ullah Malik, a medical doctor and health policy and systems analyst has an extensive experience of working in health system in Pakistan. He is currently heading the Research and Development Division of Integrated Health Services, Islamabad, Pakistan. His key research interests are in health policy, its translation into national health systems and programs and testing innovative strategies for strengthening health service delivery. He was awarded Rockefeller Foundation Bursary Award for his research work presented at Health Systems in Asia Conference held in Singapore in 2013. He was also awarded an Australian Development Scholarship by the Government of Australia for PhD in Health Policy and Systems (2007-2013). He was winner of ‘Emerging Voices’ essay competition organized by Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium in 2010.

 

GHF2014 – PS10 – Empowering Diabetic Patients: Healthcare is not enough

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PS10 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 13 ICON_Fishbowl
Empowering Diabetic Patients:
Healthcare is not enough

MODERATOR:
Dr. Gregoire Lagger
Division of therapeutic patient education for chronic diseases, Geneva University Hospitals, University of Geneva, Switzerland
SPEAKERS:
Utilizing Nurses as Diabetic Educators: Sri Lankan Experience
Dr. Manuj Weerasinghe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Integrating Non-Medical Needs for Chronic Diseases: the Example of Type 1 Diabetes
Dr. David Beran, Researcher and Lecturer, Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Integrating Artistic Programs in Diabetes Education and Self Management in Madagascar
Dr.Tojosoa Rajaonarison, Director of artistic programs, Madagascar Diabetes Association (A.MA.DIA), Madagascar
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PROFILES:

Gregoire_Lagger_squareDr. Gregoire Lagger

Grégoire Lagger is Doctor of Science. Since 2005 he is a teacher-researcher in Therapeutic Education at the Faculty of Medicine and University Hospitals of Geneva. His current research topics focus on the patients' motivation to learn and change their behavior and remission of type 2 diabetes.

 

Weerasinghe Profile PhotoDr. Manuj Weerasinghe

Dr. Manuj Weerasinghe obtained MBBS degree at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (1998) and completed internship in internal medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Colombo South Teaching Hospital. Then he shifted to the field of public health and obtained degrees of Masters of Science (2002) and Doctor of Medicine in Community Medicine (MD) from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo (2005). He won a fellowship to the Graduate School of Public Health University of Pittsburgh, USA on health policy and health programme evaluation during 2006/2007 period.

At present he serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr. Weerasinghe facilitates both undergraduate and postgraduate learning in the university and functions as an examiner at both levels.  He also serves in advisory capacity for several committees in Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. He has served as a council member of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science and College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka.

Dr-Tojosoa-RajaonarisonDr.Tojosoa Rajaonarison

Dr. Tojosa Rajaonarison has been working in the Madagascar Diabetes Association (AMADIA) as a dentist for 9 years.

She has been designated Director of Artistic programs in the AMADIA since 2010. They have done 12 painting workshops sessions: 4 specific sessions for children, 1 specific session for the AMADIA health caregivers and 7 sessions for adults.

In 2011 Dr. Rajaonarison did training in Therapeutic Education and Art-therapy in Grimentz- Switzerland and she was trained in Therapeutic Education by the Foundation for Research and Training in Patient Education Team in Madagascar in 2010.

Beran190Dr. David Beran

Dr. David Beran is a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Geneva within the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine.

David is a Swiss national who grew up in Geneva. He holds a BSc in Management with an Emphasis in Marketing. Following his first degree, he worked for a leading Swiss Biotech Company in both Health Policy and Government Relations and Public Relations. He then obtained his MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For his Masters’ dissertation, David worked at the WHO looking at ways of preventing Type 2 diabetes in children. David has recently completed his PhD looking at the needs of people with Type 1 diabetes in 13 countries at University College London (UCL).

Previously David was the Project Coordinator of the International Insulin Foundation (IIF) since its establishment in November 2002 until September 2011. As of September 2011 David became Advisor to the Board of Trustees. In parallel to his role at the IIF, David was also based at the Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health, UCL, where he was a Senior Research Fellow, with both teaching and research responsibilities in the areas of health management, access to medicines, diabetes, chronic diseases and health systems in developing countries.

GHF2014 – PS08 – Scaling up Services for Mental and Neurological Disorders at a Primary Care Level in LMICs

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PS08 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 15 ICON_Fishbowl
Scaling up Services for Mental and Neurological Disorders at a Primary Care Level in LMICs
MODERATOR:
Dr. Ariel Eytan
Division of Mental Health and Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
SPEAKERS:
Integrating Neuro-Psychatric Disorders at the Level of Primary Health Care Centres: Guinea
Dr. Abdoulaye Sow, Director, Medical Fraternity, Guinea
Strengthening Rehabilitation Care for Psychiatric Inpatients in Iraq
Mr. Denis Caharel, Assistant Head Chief Nurse, Department of Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Strengthening the Competencies and Skills of Nurses in Mental Health–Experiences from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ms. Selma Kukic, Project Officer, Mental Health Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Case Management in Mental Health Settings in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Darko Paranos, Project Manager, Mental Health Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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This session should offer an opportunity to discuss the integration of mental health care and psychiatry in primary health care services. A variety of experiences will illustrate the debate. A Sow and colleagues will bring an African perspective with a focus on epilepsy, a disorder at the crossroad between neurology and psychiatry and carrying specific cultural representations. D Caharel and colleagues conducted a training intervention in a psychiatric hospital in Irak, a country where mental disorders are still heavily stigmatized. S Kukic, D Paranos and colleagues will show two distinct facets of the mental health reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH): professional development of the nursing staff on the one hand, case management on the other hand.
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PS08_Ariel_Eytan_Square_Version 2Dr. Ariel Eytan

Ariel Eytan graduated from the faculty of medicine of the University of Geneva. He is trained as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. His interests are in the cross-cultural aspects of mental disorders, international psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He conducted research on mental trauma in the Balkans and in Rwanda. He is the author of approximately 60 papers published in peer reviewed journals.

 

Sow Profile PhotoDr. Abdoulaye Sow

Abdoulaye Sow is a general practitioner , public health physician , director of a national NGO called Guinea Medical Society ( FMG ) .

Abdoulaye Sow has been engaged for twenty years in the provision of primary care and participated in the installation of several community general practitioners and private health centers to public purpose . It is since 2009 a lecturer and member of the education committee of the specialized study of family medicine degree at the Faculty of Medicine of Conakry. A. SOW is involved in several projects to support community health sector and resource person with some health districts. His major area of ​​interest is the management of mental health at the community level . FMG which he is also providing support to public health centers by facilitating the integration of the management of many chronic diseases including AIDS , tuberculosis and severe neuropsychiatric disorders . Member of several networks that it is often facilitator in the field of health promotion

 

PS08_Kukic Profile PhotoMs. Selma Kukic

After graduating Psychology in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina her professional development began within the organization for support to People living with HIV. Basically she performed tasks of planning and implementing programs for psychosocial support. This period of three years has been extremely important to her personal sensitization in the area of ​​stigma and discrimination of vulnerable groups. After this period, over the next four years, to her great joy and exceptional motivation she began her involvement in the field of Mental Health, where she hopes to work for a long time.

GHF2014 – PS06 – Integrated Management of NCDs at the Primary Health Care Level : a World View

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PS06 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: MOTTA
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Integrated Management of NCDs at the Primary Health Care Level:
a World View

MODERATOR:
Dr. Nicholas Banatvala
Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization, Switzerland
SPEAKERS:
An Integrated Approach to Management of Diabetes and Hypertension in Western Kenya
Dr. Simon Manyara, Pharmacist, Academic Model Providing Access To Healthcare (AMPATH), Kenya
Introducing a Model of Cardiovascular Prevention in Slums of Nairobi
Dr. Steven van de Vijver, Senior Research Officer, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
Clinical Audit on Diabetes Care in UNRWA Health Centres
Dr. Yousef Shahin, Chief Disease Prevention and Control, Health Department, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Jordan
Identifying the Barriers to Care and Medicines for Diabetes and Hypertension: A pilot study in Lima-Peru
Mrs. Maria Kathia Cardenas, Investigator, CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
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Nick Banatvala_squareDr. Nick Banatvala

Dr. Nick Banatvala is currently Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General (Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health) at WHO in Geneva. Current responsibilities include leading development of a global coordination mechanism for the prevention and control of NCDs, spearheading a newly set up UN NCD Taskforce and leading WHO’s global training programme to build capacity on NCDs for senior policy makers in middle and low-income countries.

Prior to this, Nick was Head of Global Affairs at the Department of Health in England where he led the development and implementation of the UK Government's first-ever global health strategy, its strategy for working with WHO and DH’s bilateral engagement with emerging economies. (Read more)

PS06_ManyaraDr. Simon Manyara

Dr. Simon Manyara is a pharmacist working in Eldoret, western Kenya. He also studies Global Health (masters) at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His two key areas of interest are non communicable diseases and access to medicines. He works in rural western Kenya to provide care for patients with diabetes and hypertension using a model that combines both peer groups and microfinance. Additionally, he implements community revolving fund pharmacies which ensure accessible and affordable supplies of essential commodities in government facilities within the same catchment area.

PS06_VijverDr. Steven van de Vijver

During his studies he worked in Ethiopia, India, Australia and the United States and published articles on this in various magazines. After specializing as a tropical doctor he worked for Doctors without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There he discovered the need for care of chronic diseases, and specifically cardiovascular diseases, in low resource countries. In order to obtain this expertise he went back to The Netherlands to finish his specialization in Family Medicine and Masters in International Health in order to focus on primary health care in slums. He obtained the position of Director of Urban Health, at the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and moved with his family to Kenya to work on prevention of cardiovascular diseases in slums. Currently he works as a Senior Research Officer at the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC) on the SCALE UP project. The aim of the SCALE UP study is to design an effective and efficient intervention to prevent cardiovascular diseases in the slums of Nairobi that is sustainable and scalable to other settings in Sub Saharan Africa.

PS06_Yousef_Shahin_squareDr. Yousef Shahin

After graduating in Medicine and General Surgery at Zaprozyha Medical University in the Former USSR in 1985, he joined Jordan University of Science and Technology where he completed Master degree in Public Health in 1995.

Joined UNRWA in 1992 as Medical Officer in charge of health centers till 2005, when he was promoted to a senior position at UNRWA headquarters. He has more than 8 years’ experience in disease prevention and control programme, and responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the UNRWA’s progrmme for disease prevention and control by preparing technical instructions, clinical guidelines, periodic assessment and supervision of related activities.

Dr. Shahin was designated to World Health Organization/ Eastern Mediterranean Region from July-December 2011 as Technical Officer on non- communicable diseases.

He has publications in medical journals including the Lancet on different health topics mainly diabetes care among Palestine Refugees. Participated in many international conferences and workshops addressing public health related topics.

PS06_Maria Kathia CardenasMrs. Maria Kathia Cardenas

Mrs. Cardenas is a Peruvian investigator at CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) based in Lima. She graduated from Economics and studied a Master in Epidemiological Research at UPCH through a Fellowship supported by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Prior to her move to CRONICAS, she worked in areas devoted to Economic Evaluation of Projects and Public Policy in Social Development at two larger economic and development Think Tanks in Peru: Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico and Instituto de Estudios Peruanos. Her area of main interest is Health economics applied to chronic diseases. Her desire and main motivation is to help improving the quality of people's lives of Peruvian population through better health status, especially of the most deprived.