The Harvard-Brazil Symposium will bring together leaders in global health from Brazil and Harvard. It will draw on a growing network of collaborations in research and teaching between Harvard and Brazil and identify key lessons in global health that are also relevant to other regions and countries. The experience of Brazil with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will be used as a case study. Students who have studied or who plan to study in Brazil or in other international settings will benefit from participation in the symposium. Faculty from multiple disciplines will participate. This symposium will provide useful perspectives on great challenges in global health and approaches to solving them from individuals who have worked in other geographic areas.
Jarbas Barbosa, Secretary of Surveillance, Ministry of Health, Brazil
Fernando Barros, Professor of Social Medicine, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil
Wafaie Fawzi, Chair, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
Julio Frenk, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health
Luciana Mendes Santos Servo, Health Cooridnator, Institute of Applied Economic Research, Brazil
1). To bring together different groups across the university to discuss economic, social, and political aspects that play a role in efforts countries undertake towards achieving the MDGs by 2015.
2). To illustrate the discussion using the case of Brazil, a country that despite historically high levels of income inequality, is likely to achieve MDG1 and MDG4 through remarkable social programs, and is making significant progress on MDG2 and MDG6.
3). To take lessons from the Brazilian case that could inform other countries' efforts.