Global Health Centre
Is democracy good for health

Is Democracy Good for Health? A discussion on the political determinants of health

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Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix

Democracy is more likely to lead to health gains - this is the result of a comprehensive study published in the Lancet recently. It appears that political freedom is the best system of government for everyone and elections are inevitably linked to health. But the political system is not the only political determinant for health: women in government matter too. Another research project conducted in Canada found that women in government leadership positions not only work more collaboratively but also promote more gender equality, strengthen democratic institutions and contribute to better population health. Thus, gender politics are a key political determinant for health.
Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre, will discuss with the lead authors of the studies and two women leaders the impact of political systems on health and the role of women in government:

  • Thomas Bollyky, Director, Global Health Program; Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Edwin Ng, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Yvette Stevens, former Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Susan Brown, Director, Public Policy Engagement, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation


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