C6 Federal café: Global Health Equity Foundation – Innovation and Equity in Health

C6 Federal café: Global Health Equity Foundation – Innovation and Equity in Health

Invited Session
Location: Exhibition Floor Date: April 20, 2016 Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Innovation and Equity in Health

Policy and Social Innovation to Ensure Equitable Access to Health Care

Eduardo Missoni, Bocconi University, Geneva School of Diplomacy, GHEF, Italy, Switzerland


Innovative Socially-Engaging Multimedia Programs on Suicide Prevention

Tayeb Al Hafez, GHEF, USA


eHealth and Health Information Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges for Enhancing Equity in Health

S. Yunkap Kwankam, Global eHealth Consultans, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, Switzerland



Scientific and technological advances have undoubtedly contributed to improvements in health care delivery. Yet, the benefits of innovation have been distributed unevenly and have largely failed to address health problems of the poor and to narrow the health equity gap. A new equity-conscious pattern for research and innovation policies seems to be emerging, characterized by its direct relation with pressing social needs, taking on board social marginalization problems and specifically searching for solutions to them. The relationships among equity, innovation systems and development are complex, and therefore, provide scholars with major opportunities for contributing new insights into this important domain that has a direct policy impact in view of a paramount need for cohesive innovation and social policies.


General objective:

Research on innovation remains poorly integrated with research on health equity. GHEF intends to bridge this gap, investigating the interconnections between innovation and equity in health, and generating new knowledge for policy.


Specific topic addressed:

- Innovative policy solutions that emerged from three previous GHEF’s symposia, namely on Health Equity in Times of Crisis, Chronic Diseases and Equity Challenge, and Gender Discrimination and Health Equity, their impact on enhancing health equity, and lessons learned from applying them in various contexts.

- Innovative technology solutions including eHealth, and information and communication technologies, and enabling and constraining factors for their practical application for improved access to health care for marginalized populations and therefore enhancing health equity.

- Broad systemic issues of interrelationships between innovation and equity in health, and strengthening health systems capacity to improve access to health and health care and lower inequity through effective application of innovation.