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Ministerial forum on research for health begins Monday

Note for the media

A unique blend of political, research, industry and civil society leaders will meet in Bamako, Mali 17-19 November in an attempt to direct research to better meet the needs of poor countries. They will discuss strategies for national and global research for health that addresses inequities in health, fosters greater health security and strengthens health systems. Building on a ministerial summit held in Mexico in 2004, the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health will review progress on commitments, identify lessons learned and issue a call to action reflecting priorities moving forward.

The forum is unique in several ways:

  • It is the first such gathering to consider the perspective of ‘research for health’ – looking at how all kinds of research -- not only health but also higher education, environment, security and socio-economic research -- can be harnessed to improve health.
  • It provides a dialogue between policy makers, research leaders and civil society representatives to encourage better cooperation on research that improves people’s health.

The six partners in the forum are:

  • Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED)
  • Global Forum for Health Research
  • Republic of Mali
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization.

DAILY PRESS UPDATES AND RESOURCES

For a list of story ideas covering the effects of global warming, food shortages, security on health, visit the forum web site www.bamako2008.org.

Special panels of 2-3 top researchers and policy experts will speak to journalists Monday through Wednesday from 15:30 - 17:00. These discussions will be provided via an audio feed on the meeting web site www.tropika.net/svc/home/bamako2008, and journalists are welcome to submit questions for the Q&A session via bamako@tropika.net. Photos of the meeting will also be available on the web site.

Detailed information on the programme and participants is available at www.bamako2008.org.

CALL TO ACTION

On Wednesday, 19 November, the forum is expected to release a call to action on research for health that can be used as a blueprint for research development approaches and necessary support.

For more information contact:

Lynne Smit
Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health communications
Telephone: +223 65 87 03 68
E-mail: Lynne@ofcourse.co.za

Ibrahima Sangho
Mali Ministry of Health Communications
Telephone: +223 659 81 14
E-mail: ibrahima.sangho@laposte.net

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