I feel highly delighted and honoured to welcome you all to the 2013 International Conference on Global Health: Issues, Challenges and Management.
Global Health is the health of people in a global context and transcends the perspectives and concerns of individual nations. It is about worldwide improvement of health, reduction of disparities and protection against global threats that disregard national borders.
Exposure to transnational threats such as climate change, poverty, violence etc and a feeling of increased and shared responsibility for inequities present in the world today necessitated a more global approach to improving the health of the world population.
In global health issues, it is important to emphasize that the developed world does not have monopoly of good ideas; and therefore efforts mmust be made across cultures to develop better approaches for the management of common diseases, the environment and more efficient means of food production and distribution. It calls for a shift in philosophy and attitude that emphasize real partnership, a pooling of experience and knowledge, and a two-way flow of information between developed and developing countries. Global health uses the resources, knowledge and experiences of diverse societies to address health challenges throughout the world.
The Global Health Strategy Report, released by the Centre for Disease Control emphasized that the overall aim of global health is to ensure a world where people live healthier, safer and longer lives. These could be achieved by protecting and improving global health through providing technical expertise, translating research into public health policies and practices, developing surveillance and strategic information systems, conducting monitoring and evaluation activities, improving emergency preparedness and response capabilities etc.
Global health problems are as a result of economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities and thus require solution from interdisciplinary teams in such areas as health, education, social sciences, science and technology.
The global health challenges include among other issues, HIV/AIDS, malaria, emergency and refugee health, non-communicable diseases, injuries etc.
Thus there is need for collaborative national and trans-national efforts including developing evidence-based policy research and using such evidence-based information constructively in all countries to improve health equity; and also using public health promotion strategies to improve health and underlying social, economic, environmental and political determinants of health.
This International Conference will x-ray the following sub- themes:
· Safe motherhood
· Child survival strategies
· Sex and sexuality
· Gender violence and abuse
· Roll on, roll back malaria
· Community management and control of HIV/AIDS
· Aging and health
· Substance use and abuse
· Poverty and health
· Environmental health in emergencies
It is hoped that at the end of this Conference, suggestions will emerge on how to;
· Translate researches into public health policies and practices
· Form partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, research institutes and agencies on the use of traditional plants and methods for the management of health problems.
· Use vaccines for the management of health problems.
· Improve health capacities and resources
· Design health care-systems to promote population health.
· Improve global governance
· Co-ordinate actions across countries in response to disaster and violence
· Eradicate diseases
I wish to most sincerely thank our assiduous Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chigozie C. Asiabaka KSM, JP and the University Management for approving and financially supporting this conference. I also thank our lead paper presenters. Prof. Amobi Linus Ilika and Dr. Barr. I.E. Anigbogu. I am very grateful to the Local Organizing Committee for making this conference a reality. Finally, I appreciate in a very special way the entire staff and students of the University for their love and support.
Once more I welcome you all to the 2013 International Conference on Global Health: Issues, Challenges and Management.
Thank you and God bless you.
Dr. (Mrs.) Ihuoma P. Asiabaka LSM, MNIM
Ag. Director, CWGDS