Polio eradication: Balancing resilience and legacy

The meeting is open to the public and we invite representatives of the government, international organisations, civil society, think tanks and private sector to join the discussion. Please register by 30 August due to limited number of seats and serving of lunch.

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The goal to eradicate polio is coming closer, new governance challenges are arising in regards to legacy planning: Large investments were made in people and infrastructure that should bring future benefits to other areas of public health. At the same time, once the goal of polio eradication is achieved, remaining polio free until certification is equally important.

This policy dialogue is part of a larger research project of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute on “Overcoming the social and political barriers to polio eradication and ensuring lasting legacy” and is jointly organized by the Centre for Global Health at the University of Oslo and the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute. It focuses on balancing resilience and legacy. Both, together with transition planning, are closely interconnected and are facing a number of governance challenges which will be discussed at this event. Some of the pertinent questions asked include:

  • Polio transition: what are the issues at stake?
  • Resilience, alertness and responsiveness: what are the key governance challenges? 
  • If we started all over again, what would we have done differently?

Program

Moderator: Sigrun Møgedal, Member of the International Monitoring Board of GPEI
09:30 Coffee and registration. Please be seated by 09:55.  
10:00

Welcome

  • Ole-Peter Ottersen, Rector, University of Oslo
  • Andrea S. Winkler, Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health and Director, Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo
  • Stephen Matlin, Professor and Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute
10:30

Opening session

  • Shukria Barakzai, Ambassador, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Norway
  • Ibrar Hussain, Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of Pakistan to Norway
  • N.Ponnappan, Second Secretary, the Embassy of India to Norway
10:45 Panel 1:  Polio transition: what are the issues at stake?
  • Trygve Ottersen, Ass. Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo
  • John-Arne Røttingen, Division Director, Professor, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Lene Lothe, Assistant Director, Department for Global Health, Education and Research
    Global Health Section, NORAD  
  • Bjørg Månum Andersson, PolioPlus National Advocacy Adviser Norway
12:15 Lunch Break  
13:00 Panel 2: Resilience, alertness and responsiveness: what are the key governance challenges? 
  • Naveed A. Sadozai, Medical Officer, Transition and Strategy Unit, World Health Organization Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland  
  • Henrik Urdal, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute, Oslo
  • Ahmed Ali Madar, Researcher, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo
  • Bjørn Gunnar Iversen, Department Director, Global Health, Norwegian PHI
  • Andre Doren, Senior strategist, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, World Health Organization Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland 

     

14:30

Keynote Address: If we started all over again, what would we have done differently?

Tore Godal, Special Advisor on Global Health, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
14:50 Conclusions

Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

15:00 Networking Reception  

Background readings

Published June 28, 2016 3:29 PM - Last modified Sep. 4, 2017 11:41 AM