International Symposium Bilbao 2018
The state as health duty bearer challenges and threats

Date and place:

  • Date: February, 12-13 2018
  • Place: Bizkaia Aretoa. Abandoibarra Etorbidea, 3. 48009 Bilbao (Google maps)

Summary:

Experts from the health field at the international and local levels and from international cooperation will discuss the unknown but latent aspects of privatization and commodification of health systems with a global-local approach. This sharing will allow the interrelation of experiences from both the North and the South, giving a broader and more critical view of different health models and their contexts.

This is a conference mainly aimed at health professionals (Accreditation of Health Interest Recognition in process), people belonging to NGDOs, coordinators, social movements, students, health careers in institutions and the general public.

The health system is a determinant of health that can contribute to reducing or increasing social inequalities in health. The way in which health and health care is considered, from a social rights approach as a public good or, on the contrary, as a commodity or private property, will determine both equal access to it by all groups of people. Population, as well as the quality of health care received.

The conference will present the main conclusions drawn from the research “The State as a guarantor of health in the face of threats of privatization and commodification: the case of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and the CAV”, carried out by OPIK-Investigation Group of Health and Demographic Change Determinants of the EHU / UPV The documentary based on this research will also be screened.

These days are the framework of the project “Free Trade, Companies and Governments: Negotiating with Health” funded by the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation and organized by medicusmundi Bizkaia and UPV / EHU.

The category of Medical Interest for the days is being processed.

Program:

12 february, monday

  • 17:00-17:30 INAUGURATION
    Basque Government
    Basque Agency for Development Cooperation
    University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV)
    medicusmundi bizkaia
  • 17:30-18:30 OPENING CONFERENCE
    Contextualising universal health coverage and the state as duty bearer. Facts and myths about the commercialisation and privatisation of health.
    Eduardo Espinoza. Vice-Minister of Health Politics of El Salvador
  • 18:30-19.30 DOCUMENTARY FILM PRESENTATION AND SCREENING
    The state as duty bearer of the right to health in Central America and the Basque Country.
    medicusmundi bizkaia

13 february, tuesday

  • 9.00-9:30 REGISTRATION
  • 9:30-9.45 PRESENTATION OF THE SYMPOSIUM AND THE PROJECT
    The state as health duty bearer in response to the threats of privatisation and commercialisation; the situation in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and the Basque Country.
    Ricardo Fernández. medicusmundi bizkaia
    Elena Rodríguez. EHU/UPV
  • 9.45-10.30 MAIN RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE STUDY
    OPIK-EHU/UPV Research Group on Social Determinants of Health and Demographic Change
  • 10.30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
  • 11.00- 13:00 DIFFERENT REALITIES SURROUNDING HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
    MODERATED BY: Iratxe Amiano. EHU/UPV
    Basque reality (30’)
    Expert in Basque Public Health System
    Central American reality (30’)
    Jorge Irazola. medicusmundi NAM
    African reality (20’’)
    Iván Zahínos. medicusmundi mediterránea
    ‘The struggle continues’ (40’)
    Presentation of the documentary
  • 13.00-13:30 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
  • 13:30-15:30 LUNCH
  • 15.30-17.30 ROUND TABLE: THREATS TO HEALTH AND EQUITY IN HEALTH IN DIFFERENT SCENARIOS
    MODERATED BY: Remco van de Pas. medicusmundi internacional
    The Basque situation
    Elena Aldasoro. Director of Health Department. Basque Government
    The state level
    Rosa Urbanos. PhD in economics. UCM
    The international level
    Anuj Kapilashrami. Lecturer in Global Health Policy. The University of Edinburgh
    The situation of impoverished countries
    Lucrecia Hernández. Ex-Minister for Health of Guatemala
  • 17:30-18:00 CONCLUSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE
    Carlos Mediano. President of medicusmundi international.
  • 18:00 CLOSURE OF THE CONFERENCE
    EHU/UPV
    medicusmundi bizkaia
This program is provisional, therefore subject to change