Health Events Calendar

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The Health Events Calender (HEC) lists events related to international health cooperation and global health relevant for SDC and Switzerland. Your proposals and comments are welcome!

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71st World Health Assembly and related events

21-26 May 2018 | Geneva, Switzerland

MMI Network participation and contributions at the 71st WHA

Medicus Mundi International (MMI) Geneva, 21-26 May 2018. This year's World Health Assembly (WHA) will again a week full of intensive debates on key global health issues, both within the formal Committee meetings and in a never ending series of formal and informal side events (an overview will soon be provided by G2H2). - The MMI delegation will again include Network and project representatives, in particular from our Global Health Governance team, our working groups on Human Resources for Health and Effective Health Cooperation and the joint PHM/MMI WHO Watch project.

Enquiries: Thomas Schwarz

For more information visit the event website

​#AidToo: Sexual exploitation in international cooperation. Prevent, respond adequately – and most of all: address the root causes

26 May 2018, 12.30-14.30 | Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva, Switzerland

Medicus Mundi International (MMI) - After the scandals of sexual abuse and exploitation by staff of “relief organizations” reported and discussed in early 2018, assessments and answers about how to deal with such misbehaviour by staff of organizations working in humanitarian aid and development cooperation need to be found at all levels: By the individual, by the institution (what values, norms, and regulations can they refer to in order to prevent such cases and, if they occur, to deal with them in an adequate way?), and by the sector and society as a whole. The workshop on 26 May will provide a space for asking critical questions and sharing assessments on what is to be done to prevent and properly respond to particular cases of sexual exploitation and misconduct. But the dialogue is intended to go beyond this: What is to be done to address the root causes? Please register your participation in advance, using the form available on the website of the Graduate Institute. Thank you!

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International Conference on Engaging Men & Boys (EMB)

7–8 June 2018 | Basel, Switzerland

Jointly organized by IAMANEH Switzerland and Swiss Agency for Depelopment and Cooperation (SDC)

MEN MOVE! All over the world, important men's initiatives questioning gender stereotypes and embracing new masculinities are being launched. Men wish to become gender-equal partners, caring fathers and just members of society. Engaging and working with men and boys is essential for achieving gender equality. This approach has also produced tangible results in the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the reduction of gender-based violence over recent years.

Yet, men still need to move! Transforming gender roles must extend beyond personal relationships. For dominant power positions to shift and the structural patriarchy to be challenged, institutions, gov- ernments and their leaders and authorities must adopt gender transformative approaches that are directed at and embrace both women and men.

The first conference on Engaging Men and Boys (EMB) in Switzerland represents an important milestone in the current discussion on EMB in gender and development.

For more information visit the event website

​Clinical Research in Resource Limited Settings - Mission Impossible or Role Model for Future Drug Development?

28 June 2018 | Zentrum für Lehre und Forschung, Hebelstrasse 30, Basel, Switzerland

Swiss TPH Summer Symposium

The Swiss TPH Summer Symposium 2018 invites clinical researchers, drug development specialists and students to review and discuss future approaches to drug development. What can we learn from R&D in low resource settings? Topics will include:

  • Cost explosion of drug development
  • Impact of GCP-guideline amendment 2016
  • Conducting sponsor-investigator trials in Switzerland
  • Clinical trials in low resource settings
  • The Biotech approach to clinical development
  • The Pharma view on clinical development
  • Alternative business models and partnerships

For more information visit the event website

AIDS 2018

23-27 July 2018 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that Amsterdam, Netherlands will host the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). AIDS 2018 is expected to bring together some 18,000 participants from around the world. “The Netherlands is a great example of what happens when a government supports outstanding science and embraces evidence-based HIV programmes in combination with a robust commitment to human rights,” said Chris Beyrer, President of the IAS.

For more information visit the event website.

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Impressum: The Health Events Calender (HEC) is edited for the SDC Health Network by Medicus Mundi Switzerland.

Contact: Martina Staenke (HEC editor, Medicus Mundi Switzerland)