Boitekanelo College will next week host the Global Health Conference aimed at sensitising Batswana, health practitioners, researchers and students on issues of public health. The conference will be held as from Thursday to Friday in Gaborone. Since inception Boitekanelo college has made significant strides in both the local and international health industry. The theme for the conference this year is ‘embracing public health interventions towards building healthier communities’.
The convener for the conference Kelebogile Kgosibodiba said they are expecting a lot of international experts in the health industry. She said they have speakers from the United States of America (USA), Singapore, Ghana, Nigeria and neighbours within the SADC region.
“The main objective is to explore different public health issues and bring together strategies on the advancement of public health,” she said.
Mosiami Mogapi who is the Head of Department (HOD) in Occupational Health and Safety at the college said they are going to address the importance of public health because there are a lot of problems in regard to that particularly in Africa where there is malaria and infectious diseases like the deadly ebola. He said with this platform experts will be able to come up with different interventions because investing in public health has long term benefits. He said if the public is aware of what needs to be done, this will go a long way in making sure that they do not find themselves having health problems.
Health practitioners, different government institutions, researchers and students have been invited to learn from experts. Some of the presenters include Professor Umar Elci who has 30 years of global public health epidemiology and over 20 years of research and teaching, Professor William Brieger who taught at the African Regional Health Education Centre at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria from 1976-2002 and Dr Nelson Mwaniki who has 30 years’ experience in occupational medicine.