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Global Health Council opens 38th annual international conference in Washington
Date:6/12/2011

WASHINGTON The 38th Annual International Conference on Global Health begins today with 130 sessions and events on topics ranging from non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS to maternal health and the healthcare workforce. Organized around the theme of "Securing a Healthier Future in a Changing World," the conference offers a five-day schedule including a Career Day event and opportunities to engage with global health practitioners, advocates and researchers, as well as the winners of several awards that will be given at a banquet emceed by Ray Suarez of PBS NewsHour.

The conference will be led by four distinguished co-chairs: Felicia Knaul, director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School; Francis Omaswa, executive director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST); Mirta Roses Periago, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); and K. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India.

"We're pleased to host a diverse range of participants for insightful discussion and debate on the most vital issues in global health," said Jeffrey L. Sturchio, president and CEO of the Global Health Council. "Practitioners and policymakers alike attend to connect with global health leaders and exchange ideas about key challenges the community faces."

The conference theme of "Securing a Healthier Future in a Changing World" examines what the world's population will look like in 20 years. If current demographic changes continue, significant new challenges will emerge: How to balance the complex health needs specific to growing youth and aging populations? How will we deal with the twin problems of obesity and malnutrition? What are the implications of the growth of drug resistance? These trends will result in a shift in the burden of disease from infectious to non-communicable diseases and from acute to chronic diseases.

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