Health is an essential human right enshrined in the World Health Organization’s Constitution. Yet almost 75 years after 61 states signed this document, COVID-19 revealed the weaknesses of health systems worldwide, leaving us to face a pandemic of inequalities.
On Tuesday, November 23, at 17:30 (EET), SNF Dialogues will hold an open discussion, broadcast live via webcast, on health. Speakers and members of the public who join the debate live or share their thoughts online will discuss access to quality health care, Greece’s public health system and the role of private initiatives, ethics in the field of health, and more.
The event will focus on both the ongoing SNF Health Initiative and the Foundation’s long-standing grantmaking in health around the world, and will look ahead to SNF Nostos Conference 2022, which will be held on June 23 and 24 on the theme of Health. Participants will discuss, at snfdialogues.org, the need for the welfare state and the health system to work hand-in-hand to safeguard that most fundamental of human rights, the right to health.
Taking part in the discussion will be:
• Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
• Dr. Panagiotis Koulouvaris, Assistant Professor of the First Orthopaedic Clinic at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), President of NGO Regeneration & Progress, SNF Health Advisor
• Panos Papoulias, Chief Operating Officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), SNF Health Initiative Managing Director
• Marios Themistokleous, General Secretary of Primary Health Care at the Greek Ministry of Health
• Effy Vayena, Professor of Bioethics at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH), Chair of the Greek National Bioethics and Technoethics Commission
The live Dialogues webcast will also feature students in the health field.
The Dialogues are curated and moderated by Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou and are held through journalism nonprofit iMEdD (incubator for Media Education and Development).