The Canadian Conference on Global Health is still a few months away, but if you have heard all about it and wanted to know what’s it about, this article is for you.
Origins of CCGH
The Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH) was first held in 1994. The conference is attended by various stakeholders in the global healthcare from more than 30 countries. Around 600 people including researchers, academicians, students, physicians, policymakers, professionals and other attendees from healthcare realm took part in the 23rd CCGH which was held in 2017.
The conference marks an important part of the foreign affairs of Canada which deals with improving lives and lifestyle of people. The CCGH is hosted each year by the by the Canadian Society of International Health (CSIH). The event is spread over 3 days and different activities are performed based on a theme for each year.
For example, the theme of the 24th CCGH will be “Fragile Environments and Global Health: Examining drivers of change” and the organization is already accepting abstracts. The theme is chosen according to the current issues that are prominent in global health.
Activities of CCGH
All the stakeholders get together and work together to understand the issues of importance in global health. The organization works with different national and international partners who implement the solutions and carry out research work on issues of global health. Some of the notable partners include-
- Action Hepatitis Canada
- Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)
- Global Affairs Canada
- Inter-agency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
All the partners drive to bring equality in healthcare in Canada and beyond its borders through empowering and mobilizing the worldwide health community. The main functions that can be achieved with the CCGH are-
- Collaborating with stakeholders and facilitating exchange of knowledge
- Promoting equity-based approach to global health issues
- Working on crucial global health themes
- Investment in developing global health leaders
Various activities are performed each year in the CCGH. Eminent experts from the field present their papers and journals and give speeches based on the theme each year. There are interactive activities and creative ones like poster making. The CCGH is also a platform that brings together all the experts and leaders of global healthcare in a single place. Comprehensive information is exchanged and professionals can grow their global health network for effective delivery of care.
In recent years attendees of the even can also download the CCGH mobile app. The app lets them browse the profiles of the participants of the conference and get other useful details. The participants also post pictures and quotes from speeches on social media which highlights the importance of CCGH and its contributions. The conference gives a chance to likeminded people in the health sector to understand and spread awareness about issues of global health. Anyone who attends the conference can expand their knowledge and understanding and contribute towards the cause.