Welcome to the second edition of Global Labs, foraus' participatory dialogues where students from the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute and other academic institutions have the opportunity to collaborate, receive insights from- and exchange their ideas with professionals from the International Geneva in a one-day workshop and to publish a project brief on a specific global health topic! This brief is out now! Check it out here.
Research question for this edition
What measures should the international community, and Switzerland in particular, adopt to strengthen the prevention of-, as well as preparedness and response to future pandemics by 2040?
In our one-day workshop on 24.03 we discussed and collectively formulated innovative policy recommendations to protect the world from future pandemics. Speaker presentations can be found here. Participants then worked on the final project output: a collectively written project brief.
The project brief was launched on May 16th, ahead of the World Health Assembly, with Sabine Latour from the Federal Office of Public Health's Communicable Diseases Division. It was also shared with competent Swiss authorities as well as relevant organisations within international Geneva.
Program workshop 24.03
Pandemic PPR and treaty negotiations: what's at stake and where do we stand?
Exchange with experts from international Geneva (inputs followed by Q&A)
Setting the scene with:
Civil society and private sector perspectives on pandemic PPR:
Group work → Backcasting
Idea crowdsourcing and formulation of policy recommendations in smaller working groups around key issues that pandemic PPR seeks to address to achieve equity, resilient health systems and prevent future pandemics.
Moderation by group facilitators using backcasting methodology to
If you are interested to read more about infectious diseases, pandemic prevention preparedness and response (PPR), and the latest developments in the fight against their spread, make sure to check out our backgrounder with contextual information!
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