Global health conference attempts to “bridge different worlds”2 min read

May 1, 2012 2 min read

Global health conference attempts to “bridge different worlds”2 min read

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Manipal: A conference on global health was organised as a joint venture by the Department of Public Health, Manipal University (MU); Maastricht University, Netherland and McMaster University, Canada on April 28 and 29 in the Interact building of Kasturba Medical College International Centre (KMCIC). The theme of the conference was “bridging different worlds”.

The conference focused on the awareness of various health issues and measures to cure it in different parts of the world. The first day of the conference had a panel discussion by experts like Dr. Bobby John, Dr. Neeraj Bhola and Dr. Thomas Craft on Careers in Global health.

Dr. Shrihari Datta, UNICEF specialist, India was the Chief Guest and also a keynote speaker at the conference. Ten speakers from around the world like Dr. Bobby John, President of Global Health Advocates, India; Dr. Nora Engel, Researcher and Dr. K. Satyamoorthy, Director of Manipal Life Sciences Centre (MLSC), Manipal took part, among others.

“The conference was excellent, much better than our expectations and the involvement of the students was very good. The topics chosen by the students were very interesting and fresh. The questions and the research put up by them were very knowledgeable, very passionate about work which is a good sign for their career,” said Susan Barclay, a representative of McMaster University and one of the organisers.”The main objective of organising this conference was information sharing which has been done pretty well,” she added.

Delegates from the three universities presented their research on topics like global food safety issues, quality of private healthcare provision to control infectious disease, ethical challenges associated with short-term medical service trips and the role of pre-departure training.

“The conference was brilliant. Nice presentations, good feedbacks and good research. Before coming here, I wasn’t expecting much from the conference because of my past experiences which were very boring, but this conference was nothing like that,” said Verena, a delegate from McMaster University.

Deboporna Ghosh, a second year post-graduate student of Public Health, MU said, “This is the second global conference that I am attending. This one was much better than the last one as this was more synchronized. The student participation is pretty high as compared to the last time which is a good sign.”

A total of 220 delegates, including delegates from Canada and Netherlands were in attendance. The conference is part of the two-week Global Health Symposium that will end on May 5.


Sub-edited by Natasha Mendon