Health democracy in action
Amplifying people’s voice in health decision-making
Friday, 2 October 2020 | 09:00-10:30 | Room 2
Organised by WHO Regional Office for Europe in collaboration with WHO headquarters
The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare wide cracks in the governance of health systems. For example, the scientific task forces which many countries established or reactivated to advise governments on the COVID-19 response reflect a default mode of governing which is characterized by insufficient transparency and inclusiveness.
Civil society is often left out – a missed opportunity to gauge population needs, build trust in government institutions and enhance adherence to public health measures.
Thus, a more inclusive participatory governance approach is needed through:
- engaging experts across multi-disciplinary fields, not limited to medical and public health experts;
- enabling dialogue with population, communities and civil society to gain understanding of the lived experience and challenges; and
- ensuring a high level of transparency
Come and join us in an interactive debate with representatives from Europe and abroad. Now more than ever, we need a paradigm shift to ensure that population engagement is an integral part of shaping decisions in health.