2015 is the Year of Global Health Action. Source: United Nations Development Programme
Health in Africa Symposium Background
Discussions and debates on the “Post-2015 Development Agenda” are currently underway at the United Nations. The background to this new global agenda at the United Nations was the launch of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the early 2000s. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. The eight MDGs were as follows: (1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; (2) Achieve universal primary education; (3) Promote gender equality and empowering women; (4) Reduce child mortality rates; (5) Improve maternal health; (6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; (7) Ensure environmental sustainability; and (8) Develop a global partnership for development. The United Nations and its member states committed to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
While during 2000-2010 some countries achieved many of the goals, others were not on track to realize any, particularly those in Africa - the impetus for this symposium. The year 2015 has been dubbed "the year of global health action" and we hope to contribute to sustainable development goals for Africa as part of the post-2015 development agenda.
Resources for Conference Theme
Selected papers will be published in special issues of two or three prominent global health journals. The conference organizers are in consultation with the following three journals which have shown a keen interest to consider publication of a set of papers from the conference: Global Public Health (Columbia University, New York), Journal of Global Health (Edinburgh University, UK), Globalization and Health.