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About the Symposium


Sustainable Health Symposium: Global Perspectives

25 July 2017, Cambridge

This symposium will harness learning across the globe to consider the transformations required for a healthy sustainable world.

Across the globe the health of individuals, their communities and the planet is in crisis as key drivers including rising inequity, food insecurity, the burden of chronic diseases and climate change continue unabated. Access to healthcare is subjected to increasing stresses from global economics because of the rising cost of healthcare and ever increasing differences between communities. These interconnected issues are threatening the health and well being of people and communities globally: yet this crisis offers us the opportunity to rethink our understanding of health and healthcare delivery.

As the healthcare sector shifts its emphasis from sickness to health creation, it has an important role in the transformative shift from sickness to wellness, from products to services, towards innovative and frugal technological solutions that support people and communities, and a new health operating system.  It can demonstrate the principles and develop practices to address the profound challenges and multiple opportunities in shaping a fair, healthy and resilient world. Such transformation must be grounded in both science and the lived experience whilst sufficiently compelling to be implementable in a world driven by other motivations such as the health of economies.

The Sustainable Health Symposium has a real opportunity to influence, by bringing together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from disciplines encompassing health, sustainability and global issues who posses the passion, knowledge and interest in the co-development of these transformations.

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