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Gairdner GPP- Navigating Transitions: Current Global Challenges in School-Age and Adolescent Health

11 May 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Following closely on the launch of The Lancet Series “Optimizing Child and Adolescent Health and Development” on April 28,  Gairdner, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are hosting a two day Global Perspectives Panel event on May 10-11, 2022. Speakers will delve further into the challenges, interventions and opportunities  for school-age and adolescent well-being.

Keynotes given by David Ross, Gita Sen, Purnima Menon & Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli

May 10
Welcome Remarks: Dr. Janet Rossant (Gairdner Foundation) & Dominique Charron (IDRC)

Session 1: State of the Field
9:00-10:00 am
CHAIR Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, 2022 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Laureate; Chief, Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada

“Global Adolescent Health and Well-being”
Prof. David Ross, Professor Extraordinary in Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute for Life Course Health Research, Stellenbosch University, Stellanbosch, South Africa

“Impact of COVID-19 pandemic and response in South Asia”
Dr. Aatekah Owais PhD, MPH, Research Associate, SickKids’ Centre for Global Child Health, Toronto, ON, Canada

“Sub-Saharan Africa and the future of adolescent health and wellbeing”
Dr. Alex Ezeh, Dornsife Professor of Global Health, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Session 2: Risks and Challenges
10:00-11:00 am
CHAIR Dr. Sabine Kleinert, Senior Executive Editor, The Lancet, London, UK

Gender Equality
Prof. Gita Sen, Director & Distinguished Professor, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health (RCESDH), Public Health Foundation of India, Bangalore, India

“FOXY & SMASH: Arts-based sexual and mental health education with Indigenous and Northern youth”
Dr. Candice Lys, Executive Director, FOXY. Yellowknife, YT, Canada

“Adolescent health in humanitarian settings: challenges, data gaps and lessons learned from the middle east”
Hala Ghattas, PhD, Associate Research Professor and Director, Center for Research on Population and Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

May 11
Session 3: Current Interventions
9:00-10:00 am
CHAIR Dr. Tina-Marie AssiDirector, Global Health Innovation, Grand Challenges Canada

“Nourishing adolescents and young people in South Asia: Insights from the Lancet Series on Adolescent Nutrition (2021)
Dr. Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI/CGIAR, New Delhi, India

“A global perspective on child and youth mental health”
Dr. Peter Szatmari MD FRCP, Dept. of Psychiatry, Hospital for Sick Children; Director, Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Professor, Dept .of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Toronto, ON, Canada

Youth Reintegration after trauma
Mercedes Castañeda, Co-Founder,  Reinserta Un Mexicano AC, Mexico City, Mexico

Session 4: Strategies for the Future
10:00-11:00 am
CHAIR Dr. Stan Zlotkin, Chief, Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada

“Progress on adolescent sexual & reproductive health & rights Which groups are being left out, why & what can be done about it ?”
Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH), Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

“Climate change and youth wellbeing: Lessons learned from water insecurity & wellbeing research with refugee youth in a humanitarian context in Uganda”
Dr. Carmen Logie, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Global Health Equity and Social Justice with Marginalized Populations Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

“Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)  in South Africa”
Professor Shane Norris, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Closing remarks: John Dusabe-Richards, IDRC & Janet Rossant, Gairdner Foundation

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