from 8.30 hCoffee

Plenary session 1:

Poverty damages health – Sickness causes poverty.
Histories, analysis and starting points

Film portrait of poverty and health: Haiti

Paule Kemgni, IUÉD:
Poverty, social inequality, destitution, sickness. Looking into a vicious circle

Film portrait of poverty and health: Kyrgyzstan

Veronica Walford, Institute for Health Sector Development:
How effective are existing health programmes at reaching the poor?

10.40 - 11.00 hCoffee break
11.00 - 11.30 h

Plenary session 2:

Poverty damages health – Sickness causes poverty.
Histories, analysis and starting points (continuation)

Film portrait of poverty and health: Switzerland

Alex Schwank, Journal of Social Medicine:
Social inequality and health in Switzerland.
By no means fully under control

11.30 - 11.40 hBreak
11.40 - 13.00 h

Parallel sessions:

Poverty damages health – Sickness causes poverty.
A wider-ranging, in-depth look at the subject, options for action

Discussion groups focusing on the material so far based on the three film portraits: Do the films portray individual circumstances or are they examples representative of many people’s living conditions? The interaction between poverty and sickness: what is the problem underlying the case portrayed here? What do these people or societies really need, and what approaches can be taken to providing it? Starting points for intervention within and outside the health sector (individual – community – national programmes)? Ability of international health cooperation to affect the situation?

Film portrait Haiti:
With Chandon Chattopadhyay, Biel-Haiti Children’s Hospital Partnership Association, and Paule Kemgni, iuéd

Film portrait Kyrgyzstan:
With Peter Eppler, Swiss Red Cross, CBIH project Kyrgyzstan,
and Veronica Walford, IHSD

Film portrait Switzerland:
With Edith Leibundgut-Fischer, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, Gender Health Office; and Alex Schwank, Social Medicine

13.00 - 14.15 hLunch Break
14.15 – 16.30 h

Plenary session 3:

Against poverty that damages health.
Against sickness that causes poverty.
The road to health for all


Helena Nygren-Krug, WHO:
Operationalization of the human right to health at government level

Wolfgang Bichmann, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau:
Investing in health to reduce poverty – Reducing poverty to improve health. The DAC Guidelines on Poverty and Health (2003)

Barbara del Pozo, SDC:
Combating poverty and health in governmental development cooperation: Should the chicken or the egg come first?

Marianne Widmer, MediCuba-Suisse:
Health for All. A realistic project.
Manifesto of the Network Health for All.

Closing podium session:
Health for all: The agenda for tomorrow ...

16.30 hEnd of the Symposium
 Moderation of the symposium: Anne-Marie Holenstein
Exhibition during the symposium: «Views of the Poor» (SDC, 2003)