Global Health Conference 2024

Global Health Conference 2024 poster

About the Global Health Conference

Global Surgery: Addressing a Neglected Health Crisis

When: Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm PDT

Where: In-person at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education, BC Children’s Hospital and Virtual

On behalf of the Institute for Global Health at BC Children's Hospital and the BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, we present to you the 6th Annual Global Health Conference.

The Global Health Conference is an annual event bringing together a community of students, trainees, clinicians, researchers, and faculty from across health professions and disciplines to share knowledge. We hope that you will join us for a conversation on “Global Surgery: Addressing a Neglected Health Crisis” with conference co-Chairs Dr. Faizal Haji and Dr. Jan Christilaw. This year, our focus is to bring attention to the often-overlooked challenges in global surgical care, addressing issues from care inequalities to the impact of education and training on building surgical capacity. We will explore how these factors specifically affect the care of children and women worldwide. Our goal is to create an inclusive discussion forum for anyone interested in global health and surgery - everyone is welcome to attend.

Registration is FREE! Click on the button below to register. Coffee and a catered lunch will be provided for all in-person attendees.


Keynote Speaker  

Salome Maswime

Salome Maswime is a Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery Division at the University of Cape Town. She is a pioneer and expert in the discipline of Global Surgery, a member of the high-level council of the Global Surgery Foundation, and member of the Association of Academic Global Surgery. She currently serves as the Vice President of Women in Global Health South Africa, and Chairperson of the Health Systems Trust Board. She is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, a member of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a member of the FIGO Committee on ethical aspects of Human Reproduction, and a member of the United Nations Core Stillbirths Estimates Group. 

Conference Schedule

Global Health Conference 2024 agenda

Calling all trainees!

Calling all trainees poster

Are you conducting research in global health? We are currently accepting submissions to share your work via a 2-minute pre-recorded video at the conference! [Please note that your work does not need to be related to surgery]. Submissions are due by 11:59 pm PDT on March 26, 2024.
Learn more and submit your application by clicking on the button below.

Submit Application

Global Surgery Roundtable

As part of the conference, the Institute for Global Health will be hosting an in-person trainee networking event entitled "Global Surgery Roundtable". Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions with facilitators to explore the field of global surgery.
When: April 11, 2024 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PDT
Where: In-person at BC Children’s Hospital’s Chan Centre for Family Health Education
This is a free event for trainees. Click on the button below to register. 

Global Surgery Roundtable Registration