[Ip-health] Summer school on NCDs and the Law

Ellen 't Hoen ellenthoen at medicineslawandpolicy.net
Thu Jan 26 04:50:05 PST 2017

Summer School Law and Lifestyle, Groningen (Netherlands), 10-14 July 2017

Background: Most deaths that currently occur globally are the result of chronic or ‘non-communicable’ diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases, most cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Although medical science plays an important role in reducing these diseases, law and policy are also crucial, in particular as they can ensure access to prevention, treatment and care and address behavioural risk factors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating and a lack of physical exercise. 

This summer school promotes understanding about how law and policy can best be framed to address the global increase in chronic diseases. Taking a human rights approach, key focus areas include  securing equitable access to essential medicines,  as well as possibilities to regulate behavioural risk factors, in particular smoking and unhealthy diets. Through interactive teaching methods and against the backdrop of insights from health science, participants will enhance their understanding of how human rights and domestic law come into play, and how a global and domestic response can best be defined and implemented. 

Experts: A range of key experts will lecture in this course, including Prof Brigit Toebes and dr Marie-Elske Gispen (Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre), Prof Hans Hogerzeil and Ellen ‘t Hoen (Global Health Unit, University Medical Centre Groningen), Prof Aart Hendriks (Leiden), Prof Stefania Negri (Salerno), Dr Jasper Been (Rotterdam), and Mr. David Patterson (International Development Law Organization). 

More information:http://www.rug.nl/research/groningen-centre-for-law-and-governance/onderzoekscentra/ghlg/summer-course

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