A nation's health is no longer its own business. Globalization, increase in population and changes in lifestyle have enabled new infections to emerge and spread rapidly around the world. HIV, SARS and Avian Influenza are but few of the examples - a new disease emerges, on average, every year and at the same time a number of infectious diseases have developed resistance to available treatments. Such problems cannot be managed by nations within their own borders; new directions for global cooperation need to be developed. This conference will explore global health policy as it intersects with the global political process and propose new ideas for policy and practice in cooperation on global health issues across government departments, between specialist international organisations and between government, the private sector and the NGO community. Participants from the public and private sectors will bring relevant and current expertise to discuss questions including:
How can the divide between donor strategies, national competitiveness and corporate business priorities be bridged?
Are there any effective roadmaps for health recovery in post-conflict environments?
Are current approaches to domestic security at the border commensurate with the potential health threats?
What are the main issues surrounding intellectual property rights and what solutions exist that would support an effective global response to major infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza?
The role and value of innovation: what structures to promote innovation are needed?