The theme of Global Health Conference 2018

More than 30 countries take part each year in the Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH 2018). The conference is attended by hundreds of people consisting of educators, researchers, students, community mobilizers and policy makers to share and discuss ways to tackle global health challenges.

The conference of this year is going to be held in November in Toronto and each year there is a theme that is dealt with. The theme for the current year is:

“Fragile Environments and Global Health: Examining drivers of change”

The theme this year will deal with how health can be enhanced in fragile areas where a major part of the global community still resides. CCGH is now inviting abstracts on the subject as the topic has raised international interest in recent times.

1.6 billion people or 22% of the world population live in fragile environments. Fragility is considered based on five factors viz. economic, environmental, political, societal and security. The people living in fragile environments have a failing health system and plagued by a variety of health and social problems.

Such fragile environments give rise to emergencies such as Ebola and other public health problems such as HIV/AIDS, cholera, polio and tuberculosis are also persistent. People do not have access to even the basic form in healthcare in many such regions which make matters worse. More cases of chronic and infectious diseases are also reported from such regions.

Such areas also encounter high rates of infant mortality, maternal mortality, and malnutrition. Social problems such as crimes, corruption, poverty, terrorism, human trafficking, drugs, genocide, food security are also prevalent in the fragile areas.

The scale of the problem has been recognized on the international scale and there are many gaps that exist in understanding the health factors in such fragile environments. There is not enough empirical evidence, shortage of accurate population data, an inefficient collaboration between health and related sectors, absence of policies which makes the population vulnerable.

The other things about CCGH 2018 that you need to know

The CCGH 2018 will take the effort to comprehend the drivers, experiences, and practices of such regions. It will enable the health community to address the gaps and work out ways to encounter the problems in the fragile zones. As a part of the main theme, there will be other sub-themes which will also be discussed during the conference this year such as-

  • Enhancement of child and women rights and health
  • The nuances of politics involved in global health
  • The collaboration of health sectors
  • Facilitating health and humanitarian development processes

The list is not inclusive and many subthemes will come under the main topic of Global Health agenda to be discussed in CCGH 2018. Interested persons can send their abstracts on the topics such as oral, workshops, posters and so on.

It’s one event that will ask the hard questions and one that can take the health problems of the world out to the open.

The goals of the Canadian Conference on Global Health

How healthy are you doesn’t just depend on your hygiene but also on whether you have healthy people around you.

Good health is required for any positive change in the society. Unless the people are able to live healthily, they won’t be able to do anything or contribute towards betterment. Healthcare has gone through massive transformations and we have reached a place where we have the resources and technology for delivering effective care to every individual of the earth- but that doesn’t happen in the reality!

We are still plagued by health issues in spite of the technological and scientific advancement. We find key health issues even in high-income countries where such a situation is unimaginable. Such issues affect the people of every country, more so in the poor ones. There are still health gaps that exist in knowledge, infrastructure, delivery or other aspects of healthcare that need to be addressed.

The top goals: what the conference aims to achieve

The Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH) plays a key role in encountering the global health challenges by making collaborations with international and national partners. The conference chooses an area of global health under pressure and tries to understand the different factors that drive them. In doing so the stakeholders can develop comprehend the underlying causes and nuances of global health issues. Once the nuances are understood, the partners can work towards developing a solution and implementing them.

A look at the past issues

Various issues of global health have been discussed and explored in the CCGH for the past 23 years. The goal for CCGH 2015 was “Capacity-building for global health,” while for 2014 it was “Partnerships for global health.” The goals are developed in the line of a theme each year which is chosen according to the trends in global health issues. Overall, the CCGH has the following goals-

  • Create a platform for healthcare stakeholders to facilitate knowledge sharing
  • Exploring issues of global health that need urgent prioritizing
  • Expanding understanding and information on a chosen theme
  • Educate the participants about key health issues and what can be done to rectify them
  • Implement solutions through partnerships
  • Build national and international health care collaboration

The CCGH aims to create a better world where everybody can live healthily. It drives to spread equality in accessing healthcare in every nation, especially the developing ones. The goals also include spreading education and improving higher education in developing countries so that they can come up with their own talent for research and development.

The future goals

The CCGH has the aim to mobilize the global health community so that the challenges can be tackled. They need to work with a host of partners who help them achieve the desired goals. It follows on the line of its parent body the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) while drawing up its goal of creating an effective global health community that ultimately results in a healthy one with everybody having a good health.


What can you get by participating in CCGH?

The Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH) is held annually in Canada to discuss and work out ways on global healthcare issues. The event is attended by 30 countries and more than 600 people including students, professionals, policymakers, educators, researchers and other stakeholders in healthcare take part in the event.

The top reasons you need to participate in the Canadian conference

It is an important conference that takes up emerging global healthcare challenges and aims at finding solutions and remedies.

1. Recognize the stakeholders of global health

In a healthcare system doctors or students only have the opportunity to work and interact with their peers. But they seldom get a chance to meet with researchers, educators, policymakers and other important stakeholders in healthcare delivery. The CCGH gives you an ideal opportunity to meet global professionals and experts from the healthcare industry.

You can discuss, learn and grow your network by participating in the CCGH. With such a network you can grow, learn and bring the desired changes in your working area or expertise.

2. Track global health challenges

The CCGH provides a platform to the stakeholders of healthcare to come together and work towards global health challenges of importance. You can develop a detailed understanding and get facts and data on the subject. You can also get a chance to present your work to the audience and get heard by a global community.

There are many activities like workshops which teach you the importance of different aspects of healthcare based on the theme of the year. You may also be able to discover a new passion getting to know so much about global health issues.

3. Form detailed understanding

The topic of the CCGH is dealt in many ways like workshops, journals, posters, discussion and so on. You will be able to understand how things work and discover the nuances of healthcare. For instance, there are many aspects that require evaluation when health policies are made.

You can learn and form a detailed understanding by taking part in the variety of activities organized at the CCGH. For example, the CCGH 2017 tackled the issue of leaving no one behind in healthcare. The topic was deal with scientific papers, journals, posters, speeches and helped the participants form a comprehensive understanding. You can learn the gaps and drivers of global healthcare and understand how things work.

4. Take a tour of Canada

The CCGH 2018 is scheduled to be held in November in Toronto. Last year, it was organized at Ottawa. So if you can get some time off or have a few days in your hand you can plan a trip around the city that is hosting the conference. You may even take a tour of Canada if time and budget permits!

You may want to play your own role by participating in the conference. The registrations will soon be open, and you would even be able to make a visit to one of the coolest cities on Earth!

All you need to know about the Canadian Conference on Global Health

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-

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.