Centre for Global Health Policy

Annual Conference 2011 - Talking Global Health

The 'Talking Global Health' event which took place on 13 July 2011 brought 70 people together from wide ranging backgrounds including the Universities of Sussex and Brighton, the Institute of Development Studies and a number of locally-based non-governmental organisations. The aim was to create an informal environment where people could present their work and make connections, whilst promoting the Global Health activities of Sussex. The first session ‘setting the scene’ included talks on climate change, early life interventions and the Brighton-Zambia Health Link, giving an indication of the breadth of work ongoing in both Universities. There was a series of ‘snapshot’ talks allowing members of the audience to introduce their work and provide a basis for networking over lunch. The afternoon was spent in small discussion groups covering 5 topical themes:

  • Global Health Diplomacy: How can we make global health a greater international priority?
  • Social Determinants of Health: Do we know what really matters to reduce health inequalities?
  • Empowered communities': political correctness or global health core?
  • Is the focus of millennium development goal 5 enough to improve maternal health?
  • Depression as 2nd largest global health challenge – science, social construct or delusion?’

Stimulating keynote talks were given by Peter Aggleton (University of Sussex) who shared his experience of developing sexual health programme guidance for WHO and Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, who presented on the ground-breaking work published in his book The Spirit Level: why equality is better for everyone’; and Peter Aggleton, Professor of Education, Social Work and Social Care at the University of Sussex who presented on ‘Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Health - from Practice to Policy - the Development of WHO guidelines’.

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 Full Conference Programme

Power point presentations from the conference: