Tuesday, 18 October 2011
WHO conference on Social Determinants of Health - Canada goverment's absence an embarassment
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This week the world will gather in Rio de Janerio for a WHO conference on Social Determinants of Health with a proposed global declaration. Some 118 Member states, with 60 Ministers of Health will be attending. Guess who is boycotting – the Harper government. Canadians have been instrumental in setting the agenda for the determinants, yet the current political ideology just isn’t sufficiently aligned with the past record and world reknown to even participate. Look back at the previous blogs http://drphealth.blogspot.com/2011/09/determinants-of-health-original-versus.html that identify the Canadian contributions.
If you are interested in expressing your displeasure at Canada’s absence, sign the petition at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/tell-canada-to-show-up-for-health.html .
If you are interested in watching the conference activities, including links to live webcasts http://www.who.int/sdhconference/en/
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