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Dr. Margaret Chan: Prevention Makes Lives Healthier and Society More Sustainable
Origin:Boao Forum for Asia      Time:2019-06-20 14:38:08    Views:2449

The Global Health Forum (GHF) of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) was held in Qingdao, China between June 10th and 12th, 2019. Dr. Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, Member of BFA Council of Advisors and President of GHF, delivered a speech at the Opening Ceremony on June 11th.

Dr. Chan reiterates that health knows no boundaries. Health matters for every individual, family, and the society. Health is crucial to a country’s sustainable development and wellbeing, and is safeguard for world security and stability. To this end, countries and regions have been developing strategies to promote health for all. Despite these efforts and progress, however, challenges remain, including health inequity (more than half of the world’s population have no access to basic health care; illnesses plunged nearly 100 million people into poverty), ageing of the population, NCDs, mental illnesses, and newly emerging diseases like Ebola. Faced with these health threats, we shouldn’t forget the power of vaccine which can provide affordable and sustainable treatment if properly used, and that prevention is the most important thing. The global health field also requires new technologies, new services and new business models to provide positive impetus. Dr. Chan further appealed to the private sector in the fast-growing health industries to do good. Against this background, the BFA Global Health Forum aims to serve as a platform for international cooperation, and for exchanges among government leaders, heads of health agencies, NGOs, and the industry, entrepreneurs, investors, and renowned scientists, to jointly contribute to the realization of “health for all”.

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