Summit 03

More than 60 people were present at the first Oxford Vision 2020 summit held in December 2003.

Click here >> to read a keynote speech given at the summit by the Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP, ‘From sick care to health care: meeting the challenge of chronic disease’.

These were the five working groups formed to progress the objectives of the alliance:

1. The first group addressed the need to build evidence of the impact of chronic disease and was chaired by Professor David Matthews of the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

2. The second examined how the lessons from the tobacco experience could be applied to chronic diseases and was chaired by Professor Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

3. While those groups provided analysis, the next two were about designing future actions. The communications group focused on finding the levers and the methods to mobilise the public to combat chronic diseases at policy and personal levels. The group was chaired by Janet Voûte, executive director of the World Heart Federation.

4. The fourth group was dedicated to developing pilot projects that could put the theory to the test in three different contexts: schools, work places and primary care clinics. It was chaired by Niels Christiansen of Nestlé.

5. The last group, chaired by Professor Abdallah Daar of the Unviersity of Toronto, was dedicated to identifying and developing a research platform for solving some of the major scientific challenges – grand challenges – facing the fight against chronic diseases.