Driving the Discussion on the Future of Health

Source : Boardroom

Author: Lane Nieset

In October, the 16th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH2020)—initially planned to take place in Rome—went virtual for a five-day event focusing around a key theme crucial to tackling the current pandemic: collaborating in the global public health community.

“Only together we can overcome this terrible time,” explains Prof. Walter Ricciardi, congress co-chair and president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)“It was important to have a place, even if virtual, to share and compare information, data, knowledge and exchange opinions and policies on key issues. The high quality of the debate was supported by the provenance of participants from all over the world creating a synergy and drive for tomorrow by learning from the global COVID-19 pandemic to build a just, healthier, and peaceful world.” 

Revolving around the theme “Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy and Action,” the scientific programme included 12 tracks, such as digital health, mental health, vulnerable groups, the Sustainable Development Goals and vaccination, as well as a COVID-19 dedicated track that highlighted some of the latest developments on coronavirus polices, control measures, and the impact on health systems and community services. Over 3,500 delegates from 122 countries attended the virtual congress, which featured eight plenary sessions with more than 40 high-profile experts and policymakers from international institutions like the European Commission and WHO Regional Office for Europe; 30 leadership dialogues; and 150 workshops.

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