Medical Education for the 21st Century – Teaching for Health Equity, 30 November to 3 December 2008, Havana, Cuba

IAHP and ALAMES join in organizing the Medical Education for the 21st Century: Teaching for Health Equity. This conference, will bring together health professionals and researchers in the fields of medical and health sciences education; public health; and basic, clinical and social sciences to exchange the latest thinking and construct new paradigms in medical and health sciences education. Conference participants are united by a common objective: making health care that responds to the needs and hopes of people around the world, especially to those of marginalized and discriminated populations, a reality.

The global shortfall of health workers needed to assure basic health services for the 1.3 billion people in the world who have no health care stands conservatively at 4.2 million. To address this shortage of health personnel, including physicians, it is imperative to recruit the right people, with the right knowledge base and skills, and place them in the right place at the right time, to do the right thing. All this requires training with science plus commitment, aimed at achieving equitable health coverage on a global scale.

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