Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?

BBC Media Action is pleased to invite you to watch Coming of Age: Communication’s Role in Powering Global Health - a discussion on the key issues related to communication and public health which will be will be streamed live from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s London office on Thursday 10th November between 9am – 10:30am.

The panel of experts discussing key themes from our new Policy Briefing Coming of Age: Communication’s Role in Powering Global Health has been confirmed as:

Professor Peter Piot, Director and Handa Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;

Dr Elizabeth Fox, Deputy Coordinator, Child and Maternal Survival and Director, Office of Infectious Diseases at USAID;

Dr Gaya M. Gamhewage, Manager, Interventions and Guidance, Infectious Hazard Management, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

Dr Rafael Obregon, Chief, Communication for Development, UNICEF

Dan Metcalfe, Head of Brand and Campaigns, Wellcome Trust

Caroline Sugg, Head of Special Projects, BBC Media Action

Tulip Muzumdar, BBC News Global Health Correspondent, will lead the discussion covering:

  • How communication has shaped major public health developments over the last 50 years;
  • How seriously communication is considered in public health policy;
  • Why it remains weakly integrated into many public health programmes;
  • Suggestions for improving health communication practice around the world.

The event will be streamed live on YouTube, with live updates and images posted on BBC Media Action’s Facebook and Twitter pages under #discusshealth.

Please do join the event by clicking Register at this link and share our Eventbrite link and the hashtag with your networks. Please feel free to share the details of the event on social media using the Twitter Card attached to this email. Suggested tweet: Follow @bbcmediaaction to see panel of experts discuss communication's role in #publichealth development #discusshealth

We look forward to you joining this important discussion on Thursday 10th November.

Best regards,

James Deane