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THE ESN PARTICIPATES IN THE 9TH GLOBAL FORUM ON HEALTH PROMOTION

Louise Magnard
January 12, 2020

The ESN participated in the 9th Global Forum on Health Promotion, organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion at the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva on 12 November 2019, on the topic of “ Health Promotion – A Critical Pathway to Achieving Universal Health Coverage ”.  

The ESN participated in the 9th Global Forum on Health Promotion, organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion at the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva on 12 November 2019, on the topic of “ Health Promotion – A Critical Pathway to Achieving Universal Health Coverage ”.  

The Alliance for the Health Promotion (A4HP), in Official Relations with the WHO is a coalition of international, non-governmental organisations, university institutions and other people from different sectors of civil society who are committed to promoting health. The coalition aims to reinforce the ability of civil society to act to promote health and bridge local and international initiatives. 

More than 100 participants, including representatives of governments, civil society and international organisations, met to discuss how to implement the historic declaration adopted by the high-level meeting of the UN concerning Universal Health Coverage.  

The declaration on universal coverage includes commitments from states for the next 11 years. The participants reaffirmed that health is a political choice and the promotion of health is also a political choice. What’s more, a holistic approach in which the promotion of health plays a central role as a strategic tool of public health will be essential to achieving UHC. 

Invited to present the activities of the network, the ESN participated in a session called “Translating declarations into actions”, alongside Carlos Zarco (Health Co-operative Organisation), Sandrine Motamed, (Geneva Association of Community Development), Shirin Heidari (GENDRO), Wendy Catherine (Health Nexus) and Agnès Soucat (WHO). Louise Magnard highlighted the importance of educational communities for achieving universal healthcare coverage, since schools are ideal places for ensuring that young people will become responsible players in their healthcare and social protection systems. 

The video of the forum is available on the website of the WHO

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