Lara Yuan | I couldn’t be more thrilled to be attending and covering the topics of malaria, diabetes & nutrition and the MDG Health Alliance during the GBCHealth Defining Forward Conference this year. Coming from a background in the sciences and now currently working in private industry, I can’t wait to explore many of my interests and questions about global health during these diverse sessions.
My interest in health care stems from my background and degree in chemistry and my understanding of disease on the molecular level. However, my approach to chemistry and health care has always been a contextual one, as I have often found that understanding the environment in which a problem or phenomenon exists is just as important as the problem or phenomenon itself. During the session Can South Africa Eliminate Malaria? I am interested in seeing the problem of malaria being approached at all levels from the health care provider, to the government, to international organizations.
In my analyses of markets through consulting, I have come to recognize that no industry or market exists in isolation. Health cannot be addressed with only a focus on medical care and disease as it usually is; it is inextricably linked to nutrition. Even in the absence of infectious disease, noncommunicable or chronic diseases pose significant threats to health. In the session Influencing for Change - Tackling South Africa’s Diabetes Epidemic, the growing impact of diabetes in the developing economy of South Africa will be great to explore.
Finally, conceptual analysis is necessary and great, but it doesn’t produce any results unless it is actually put into action. The Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) set a clear goal for everyone to work toward and help to direct a plan of action. The special session MDG Health Alliance-A Plan for Driving Progress will a great discussion between several prominent leaders in all sectors tackling the health-related MDGs.
I truly look forward to attending these three great sessions to learn and think about many important issues that will be discussed. Stay tuned for more updates and thoughts on the conference and my coverage of these topics!
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