Symposium 2019

Hosted by the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health & Development (AIGHD) and the Joep Lange Institute, the Access to care: Making health markets work for the poor symposium will provide a platform to address this challenge.

This unique, interactive symposium brings together all four chairholders of the rotating Joep Lange Chair and their research fellows, to discuss – with the audience – the challenges of building inclusive sustainable health systems and come up with the most innovative solutions.

Four leading experts on health and data came together in Amsterdam for the JLI Chairs and Fellows Symposium to present their latest research findings. Profs. Dan Ariely (behavior economics), Mark Dybul (former executive director of Global Fund), Anna Vassal (health economics) and Catherine Kyobutungi (epidemiologist) shared and discussed different solutions on how to make health markets work for everyone, everywhere.

Half of the world’s population find themselves unable to access essential health services, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Ensuring everyone has access to basic health services without financial hardship is one of the biggest challenges in global health. Achieving universal health coverage by 2030 is a further SDG commitment that is inextricably linked to achieving success in controlling the NCD epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The two-hour event left the audience with many new ideas and visions for change.
Here’s a summary of the key discussion points:

  • Include the public in decision making and scale up local innovations
  • Paternalism has caused health care systems to not work in the benefit of patients, but a bit of paternalism is needed to direct people into healthier behavior
  • Transform the healthcare system from reactive and cure based to pro active and prevention
  • Health interventions also need to focus on other effects on targeted people’s lives – such as the consequences on poverty reduction
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