THEME: PROMOTING HEALTH DURING AND BEYOND COVID-19 TO ACCELERATE ACTION ON SDGS
PROPOSED DATE AND VENUE/MODE
The conference is scheduled to take place between 16th and 18th FEB 2022). The conference will be conducted Virtualy (online).
The COVID-19 pandemic plunges the world into a crisis that is touching all sectors of society. Never before in modern history has a health problem had such an overwhelming impact on society, thus challenging society views of what a healthy society means. The disease not only compromises the sustainability of the health care system, but sends a shock wave across all sectors, further compromising the resilience and sustainability of health care and social systems. These systems, which are already under stress, now must deal with a new crisis. As such, COVID-19 not only tests the health and care system’s resiliency, but also puts into question the relevance of the hospital centric perspective that in most western countries has dominated the health care system for decades.
In this context, it is important to consider the role of health promotion in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and other related infections. Although at first sight, this pandemic and the way to address it may not appear to be a core concern for health promotion, it is argued that health promotion may be more important in this time of crisis than ever. As such, health promotion actions have a central role to play in empowering communities and individuals in adopting effective responses and managing the psychosocial impacts of the multi-layered consequences of this pandemic. Health promotion response to COVID 19 and other future pandemics can be realized through empowerment and public health management, equity, strengthening health promoting school, mental health and psycho-social support, medical approaches, health education and literacy, dealing with misinformation, community empowerment, improving preventive behaviour, translating measures to practice and enhancing health promoting schools, and hospitals
Such efforts will enable countries to realize effective implementation of Ministry of Health COVID 19 guidelines
The conference therefore provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the use of health promotion for disease prevention and management