Sustainable Development Goals and global health through the pandemic lens

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Gairdner Foundation
Event date:
October 21, 2020
11:00am - 2:30pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the ultimate stress test for progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unexpected outcomes, reversals of gender equity gains, and multi-sector responses are emphasizing the faults in past systems and revealing a path to a stronger future.

Now is the time for the global community to break new ground in fulfilling the health and health-related SDGs. Don’t miss this online event featuring academic, governance, and innovation leaders who will share their perspectives in keynote addresses and discussion.

IDRC is partnering with the Gairdner Foundation and several other organizations to present these global perspectives on where we are and what we can do to bring effective and evidence-based solutions to bear on today’s barriers that undermine the goal of health for all.

The speakers at the Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel are:

  • Gairdner Award laureates Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Salim Abdool Karim, Director of CAPRISA
  • Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health
  • Yasmin Chandani, CEO, inSupply Health Limited
  • Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • Cleopatra Mugyenyi, Director, Africa Regional Office, International Center for Research on Women
  • Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Federal Minister, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Ministry
  • Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization

Many of these leaders have helped to advance knowledge in global health through IDRC-supported research. For example,  Zulfiqar Bhutta’s presentation will share the results of a systematic review of health-related SDG implementation strategies supported by IDRC.

The event’s focus will be on innovative and inclusive approaches that encompass gender, environment, technology, infrastructure, agriculture, economic inequality, and other factors that have profound impacts on health.

This bilingual online event is free to attend, but registration is required. Please register here.

The Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel is part of the Canadian Conference on Global Health and participants who have registered for this conference do not need to register for the panel.


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