Every year we organise 1 or more symposia about global health with a different theme each time.
Below you will find reports of our most recent symposia. For an overview of all previous editions, you can click here.
As the curtains close on a remarkable conference, we extend our deepest gratitude for your enthusiastic participation. ECTMIH2023 was more than a scientific gathering; it was a shared exploration that activated not only our minds but also our hearts and bodies, fortifying our collective commitment to planetary health and universal well-being.
A special thanks to our esteemed speakers, dedicated chairs, meticulous organizers, and the enthusiastic volunteers who contributed to the success of this event. Your efforts created an atmosphere of collaboration and knowledge-sharing that made the conference truly exceptional.
Did you miss ECTMIH2023?
Don't fret! The sessions from the main hall have been recorded and can be found here. You can rewatch many highlights from the comfort of your own house, or re-watch to revive your memories. Keep an eye on our website, social media and newsletter.
Photos & podcast
Much insightful information has been collected by Doris van der Heijden and Ashis Brahma in their ECTMIH2023 podcast. More than 40 interviews have been conducted! You can find the podcast episodes with daily recaps here, and individual interviews will continue to be added over the next few weeks. Our great photographers Kors de Bruin and Sam Hundersmarck have captured the conference beautifully. We will continuously add their pictures to this folder. The recordings of the sessions that took place in the main hall will also be made available in the next few weeks, and circulated through our ECTMIH2023 newsletter, organising partners and social media (#ECTMIH2023).
Planetary health page
Moreover, take advantage of our Planetary Health page, featuring valuable resources, including a free 10-hour Planetary Health course. Elevate your understanding of planetary health and health equity and explore ways to contribute to a resilient future. We would love to hear from you if you have resources that we can add to this page. Please share these through the feedback form (see below) or contact us via email@example.com
For those keen on continuous learning, know that consider the Elevate Health Course on Planetary Health, available until January 15th, 2024. This online course, developed and presented in collaboration with UMC Utrecht and other esteemed institutions, delves into key aspects of planetary health.
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Once again, thank you to everyone present for being part of ECTMIH2023. Your passion and dedication contribute to the global dialogue on health equity, global health, planetary health and sustainability. Let’s keep our planetary health glasses on in all our future work!
Photos: Kors de Bruin
‘THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING’: an old song, a new reality. We all experience the effects of global crises, whether as result of climate changes or failing (economic, political, or societal) systems. Understanding and grasping the determinants underlying these global crises, and their disproportionate effect on vulnerable people, is necessary to instigate CHANGE. This exploration cannot be done without addressing the consequences of political and economic structures of the past and the colonial reality that shaped (and continues to shape) societies at large.
The aim of the DECOLONISING GLOBAL HEALTH event was to jointly reflect on the implications of DGH for us, global health professionals and students. Starting point for this journey is to share and learn from collective and individual perspectives on the theme. We explored the colonial impact on health systems, and on social injustice and health inequities worldwide.
Some of the dilemmas and questions we discussed include:
The day closed with award ceremonies: Sauerwein Medal, winners of the KCGH thesis prize, and graduates from the GH MD training programme.
Did you miss the symposium or would you like to see it again?
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Aftermovie (down below)
Accreditation 6 points
The devastating effects of climate change on access to clean air, safe water, food and safe environment are becoming more visible in our daily lives. Existing health treats are likely to intensify (such as mortality from water – and vectorborne diseases) and new health treats will emerge (such as deaths from heat stress); with the impact mostly felt in areas with a weak health infrastructure and among vulnerable populations.
The call to act, formulated during the 2019 NVTG symposium ‘Climate Emergency’ was clearly heard and lead to the establishment of the Working Party ‘Zorg voor Klimaat’ (Care for Climate). This year’s symposium aims to continue to express concerns on the effect of climate change on planetary health, and to join forces – in line with the recent 2021 IPPC Report on Climate Change and the focus of the 2021 Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow.
Scientific insights will guide the discussion during our symposium and the floor will be given to ‘changemakers’ in health.
During the breakout sessions we will give the floor to several sustainability pioneers in the Dutch Health Care system. They will collaborate give an overview of best clinical practices, most promising research topics and how to speak up as a health professional in the public debate.
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Chair of the day: Ellen Mangnus
Climate changemakers in the consultation room - best clinical practices. During this interactive session we will give you a few examples of viable approaches of sustainable healthcare practices. The ‘Groene Zorg Alliantie’ will host the session. Thereafter our two guest speakers will give an informative and inspiring talk. Our opening speaker will be Iris Wichers , general practitioner and working at the NHG, who recently released an eBook on sustainable healthcare in primary care. Our subsequent speaker is Myrtle van der Wel, member of ‘De Jonge Specialist’, will tell us more about the their recently published guideline about sustainability in healthcare.
Climate changemakers in the research field. For our session "Climate changemakers in the research field” we will focus on what is being studied on the mutual relationship between climate and health from a global to a local perspective. There will be three speakers: George Downwards (Assistant professor at UMC Utrecht with a focus on health risk assessment and disease prevention). George will tell us about air pollution in a global context; Evelyn Brakema (General practitioner in training and senior researcher at LUMC). Evelyn will focus on the impact of healthcare on air quality/pollution and will present a research project on the use of more sustainable asthma inhalators; Martine Rutten (Associate professor Water management TUDelft). Martine will talk about climate adaptation, water management and health.
Climate changemakers in society/public debate. The world is changing and we need to change with it. In this session, organised by 'Into the World', Julia van Boven (Sustainability Consultant of ABN AMRO) will give us a glimpse of the expected, major upcoming transition in the financial corporate business, that will hopefully lead to a brighter future for all of us. Lena Hartog, who was selected as one of the Sustainable Young-100 professionals, will tell us about the 3 worlds that we are all part of, and the choices you can make to influence the future of these worlds. At last, you will be given tools to reason for your good cause by 'Dokters in Debat' own board member Koen Gorgels, Resident Infectious Disease Control.
Plenary panel discussion with changemakers in health:
Esther Putman - BSc MSc PhD (biology/toxicology) Coordinator Research and International affairs of the Sustainable Health Care Team of ministry of Health Welfare and Sports in the Netherlands. This team aims to accelerate the sustainability of the health care sector. Esther started career at the Medicines Evaluation Board in preclinical safety assessments and guideline development. Subsequently she worked at the ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on worker safety regarding plant protection products and biological agents. In 2012, she started at the ministry of Health Welfare and Sport in the public health department as a crisis coordinator and subsequently as policy advisor on “the healthy living environment”.
Accreditation 5 points
Chair: Rembrant Aarts, psychiatrist at Mentrum Mental Health, MD Global Health and Tropical Medicine (AIGT).
Uniting Streams: abstract presentations of promising researches in Global (mental) health.
Awarding of the first (2021) Sauerwein Medal
Launch of the NVTG Knowledge Centre.
It took decades of advocacy to get recognition for mental health, not as a separate and isolated, but as an integral important part of health (“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being… “). Followed by the years in which the mental health community worked on research on diagnosis, treatment and care of people suffering from mental illnesses – by, among others, conducting clinical trials and operational research gathering evidence on ‘what works’, where and how. Now it is time to more prominently position mental health within global health, in research and in practice.
In this symposium we will focus on one particular area of global mental health: psychosocial support in LMICs, including in conflict situations. As Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister of Minister for Foreign Trade and International Cooperation, mentioned on the occasion of the International Conference on Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations 2019 in the Hague: “Crisis situations can impact lives in a variety of ways. And yet within the domains of humanitarian assistance and development cooperation, the focus is almost solely on the treatment or reconstruction of physical damage. For too long now, the international community has focused exclusively on healing the physical injured and rebuilding devastated structures. Somewhere along the line, it has forgotten that broken souls need mending too.” Increasingly, this part of mental health has become a priority area for many health professionals, governments and policy makers. And rightfully so, as the figures speak for themselves.
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