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Global Health Conference at UBC

12 March 2007 at 23:26 | 1279 views



Hosted by the UBC Centre for International health
March 16th and 17th at the University of British Columbia




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Friday, March 16th
at the Liu Institute for Global Issues
4pm Registration
4:30pm Opening Session Remarks by UBC president Stephen Toope and an exploration of the dynamic global health initiatives happening at UBC.
6-7pm Dinner, Poster presentation, Display tables & Networking.
7pm Film Screening, “the Medic” A timely examination of the curious case of Cuba, a cash strapped country with one of the world’s best health systems. From the shores of Africa to the America’s, this film hits the road with some of the 28 000 Cuba health professionals serving in 68 countries. Their stories bring home the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone’s birth right.

Saturday, March 17th
At the Liu Institute for Global Issues
8-9am Registration & continental breakfast<>
9-10am Keynote Address From Theory to Practice. Godwin Eni, International Health Consultant.
10-12am Concurrent Workshops, Session #1

1. Transforming a Notion to a Reality, creating a Non-Profit Organization from Scratch with UBC International Peer Connection.

2.Safe Motherhood and Emergency Obstetrical Care Training and maternity care in Zambia with Cathy Ellis (UBC midwifery program)

3. Tackling Global Health Challenges at home, campaigning with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.
Facilitated by the UBC chapter of UAEM

4. In the field with Medecins Sans Frontieres
12-1pm Lunch & breakout session: Building a curriculum for an undergraduate course in Global Health with Jerry Spiegel
1-3pm Concurrent Workshops, Session #2
1. Trading away Health: Free Trade Agreements, Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines with Cailin Morrison.
2. Talking About Sex: Youth Co’s experience talking and teaching the bird’s and the bee’s, facilitated by YouthCo Vancouver
3. Experiences from the Field: How to Develop Locally Empowering Projects, facilitated by From Passion to Skill with UBC Global Health Initiative
4. Native Health Vancouver: Doreen LittleJohn
Closing Remarks with Jerry Spiegel, director of the Centre for International Health


Stephen Toope
Jerry Spiegel
Shafik Dharamsi
Erika Richmond
Godwin Eni

· UBCIPC International Peer Connection (IPC) is a non-partisan group and believes that anyone can be an AIDS activist. They attempt to bridge the gap between marginalized communities and resources within those communities and are currently working with a group of intravenous drug users in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. Their workshop will look at the the how-to’s and mistakes of starting a non-profit health organization as students and discuss, among other things, how to transform an abstract idea into a program that actually makes a difference.

·Cathy Ellis is a Saskatchewan midwife now living and working in BC at te UBC midwifery program. She has worked alongside and taught health care workers in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and more recently in Kosovo, Zambia and Uganda. Her workshop will explore her experience in matericity care in Zambia and challenge students to problem solve around maternity care issues in developing country settings.

·UAEM is a hands-on student organization that focuses on changing university policies in order to increase access to essential medicines in developing countries. The UBC chapter of UAEM has been active for one year and is part of a growing global movement of students dedicated to making research and science more globally responsible. This workshop will overview issues of access to medicine, and work to design a political platform targeted towards federal policies in the (potentially) upcoming elections.

Keynote Presentation
Responding to Global Health Challenges: From Theory to Practice.
Dr. Godwin O. Eni.
International Health Consultant.

Over the past 50 years, considerable research has been undertaken to explore how best to address global health issues. More importantly, much effort and resources have been devoted by NGOs, professionals, donor agencies and governments to achieve good program outcomes in field operations. Significant advances in public health and scientific medicine have enabled people to live productive, healthier and longer lives especially in the Western world. However, many countries in the developing world have yet to receive associated benefits of these advances and breakthroughs. Rather the burden of new diseases such as SARS, AIDS and West Nile Virus have been added, in some cases, to existing and unresolved burden of malaria, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis and infectious diseases. In many instances, it is difficult to sustain existing or new effective health programs. This presentation will highlight some challenges associated with program development and implementation in developing countries in the context of Dr. Eni’s experiences in Africa and South-East Asia, and suggest some avenues for achieving effective outcomes in practice.

Brief Bio
Dr. Godwin Eni

Dr. Eni(photo, above) came to Canada from Nigeria in 1970. He undertook graduate studies in rehabilitation services at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds the M.Sc degree in Health Services Planning and Administration and PhD from the University of British Columbia. Over the years his responsibilities have included clinical, administrative, academic, and consulting positions in health care settings. From 1986 to 1995 he was the Director of the Graduate Program in Health Services Planning and Administration, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at UBC. He has also taught at the University of Western Ontario and University of Colorado, Denver, USA. Dr Eni has consulted internationally for governments and multinational organizations in 19 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. He chaired the West-Side Community Health Committee of the Vancouver Regional Health Board when the first Community Health Centre [Pacific Spirit] was established in the city. For four years, as public representative, he chaired the Commission on Accreditation of the Canadian Council on Chiropractic Education. He is a board member of many community organizations, Past President of Vancouver Multicultural Society and Vice President of the Greater Vancouver Citizenship Council. Dr. Eni is listed in the 2006 edition of “Who’s Who in Black Canada”.