UCL and Difficult Dialogues: informing debate about public health
22 February 2017
UCL partnered with Difficult Dialogues for a forum in Goa to encourage discussion around the pivotal question, “Is India’s health a grand challenge?”
This year UCL partnered for the first time with Difficult Dialogues for a three-day forum in Goa, to encourage discussion around the pivotal question, “Is India’s health a grand challenge?”
More than 250 people attended the event, from academic experts to public policy professionals, journalists and business leaders.
Delegates from UCL included Professor Monica Lakhanpaul (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health) and Professor Marie Lall (UCL Institute of Education and Pro-Vice-Provost South Asia).
Four key themes were explored during the summit: inequality, gender, universal health care and the changing burden of disease.
Founded by UCL alumna, Surina Narula, the annual Difficult Dialogues event aims to build a foundation for these difficult conversations, and to translate this dialogue into impact.
UCL Global Health graduate and final year medical student Sujitha Selvarajah reported from Difficult Dialogues 2017 – read her full summary of the discussions here.
Difficult Dialogues is just one example of UCL’s increasing engagement with partners in India.
Through UCL India Voices, academics can apply for funding to support emerging Indian partnerships. Applications close on 7 March 2017.