Global Health Network

Maastricht Annual Symposium on Global and European Health 2012

1 October 2012

On the 12th of October, 2012, the Maastricht University Global Health and European Public Health programmes will again organise the annual Maastricht symposium on Global and European Health. Established one year ago, the conference has been a thorough success. This year’s central topic will be: Enhancing Equity in Health: a role for Public-Private Partnerships?

On the one hand, international governments and patient organizations welcome efforts of the private sector, since resources for research and public money on health are scarce. Moreover, businesses are thought to contribute to a faster pace in innovative health care solutions and efficiency of projects and programmes. On the other hand, however, critics raise questions concerning the narrowing of attention from equity and social economic perspectives towards a more disease and medical oriented approach to health. 

The keynote speech / Catharina Pijls Lecture will be held by Prof. Dr. Ronald Labonté, Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity. Professor Labonté chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health. He is known for his groundbreaking work in the New Public Health, promoting social and political economic perspectives and advocating for empowering approaches.

A special event will be the presentation of the prestigious Catharina Pijls incentive prize that is annually awarded to the most excellent, innovative and outstanding FHML master’s theses in the field of health sciences. 

Key-note speakers 

Marijke Wijnroks - Ambassador for sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS; Deputy Director of social development by the Ministry of foreign affairs, The Netherlands.

Grant Rhodes - health economist and freelance consultant working in the field of public finance management.

Willem van de Put - Director HealthNet TPO. HealthNet TPO is a knowledge-driven, non-profit organization that together with local populations channels emergency aid into sustainable health care development.

Mark Halliday - head of PPPs professional health care services group Philips.

The day will be closed by a panel discussion moderated by Remco van der Pas, Heath Policy advisor and researcher at the Wemos foundation.

The symposium is going to be an excellent opportunity to debate with the experts on prospects and challenges associated with the increasing formation of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).


This symposium is supported by the Master Global Health, the Bachelor EPH programme, the Master EPH programme, Department Health, Ethics, Society, Department of International Health and Caphri, FHML, Maastricht University and Catharina PijlsStichting