Moderator: Thomas Vogel, Medicus Mundi Switzerland, Switzerland
Introduction: Thomas Schwarz, Medicus Mundi Switzerland, Switzerland
Discussant: Finn Schleimann, World Health Organization, IHP+, Switzerland
Discussant: Jacques Mader, Swiss Development cooperation, Switzerland
Discussant: Janet Perkins, Enfants du Monde, Switzerland
Discussant: Ilona Kickbusch, Graduate Institute, Global Health Programme, Switzerland
The “Federal Café” debate at the Geneva Health Forum 2016 hosted by MMI and Medicus Mundi Switzerland shall provide an open space for an initial debate about the demand and options for setting up platforms beyond the existing mechanisms where actors in health cooperation can critically reflect their policies and instruments and learn from each other.
The members of the Medicus Mundi Switzerland and Medicus Mundi International Networks are rooted in development cooperation for health, a field of activities that has, such as the terms to describe it, considerably developed over time.
In the past, our networking focused on health system strengthening and related issues. Today we ask how international cooperation itself can best contribute to enhancing resilient and responsive health systems while and improving access to health. And we realize that there is still a lack of platforms where multiple actors in health cooperation can critically reflect their policies and instruments and learn from each other. At the Federal Café session jointly hosted by MMI and MMS, the need for such enhanced platforms will be discussed by representatives of various institutions involved in international health cooperation.
More particularly, the analysis of the role and contribution of health cooperation tends to be neglected or addressed in an unsystematic way in relevant symposia on global health (mostly in satellites and individual sessions). Also in the outline of the GHF2016, health cooperation has not been considered as a "vector of innovation”. Despite the fact that there will be many representatives of international health cooperation participating, it will be difficult to find the right entry point to address approaches, policies and instruments of health cooperation and their impact on national health policies and systems. So we will aks if it is even time for a "global symposium on international health cooperation"?
To remain relevant in the future, international health cooperation needs to move beyond aid. The approaches, policies and instruments of health cooperation, their effectiveness and their impact on health policies and systems need to be carefully reassessed. The “Federal Café” debate shall provide an open space for an initial debate about the demand and options for setting up platforms beyond the existing mechanisms where actors in health cooperation can critically reflect their policies and instruments and learn from each other. In particular we will discuss if there is a demand for a “global symposium on health cooperation”.