Summit 06

'06 summit

The OxHA Annual Summit ’06 took the form of a working meeting to promote the case for prevention of the epidemic of chronic disease globally.

The overall theme of the Summit in South Africa was ‘Health in transition: working together’.

The event was streamed online, and you can view and listen to archive footage of all the plenary sessions here >> on our new interactive website. Please comment on what you see, and join the discussion!

  • Click here >> for a pdf of the agenda.
  • Click here >> for a press release introducing the event.
  • Click here >> to see presentations given at the summit.

The event was held in Cape Town from 20–22 November, and co-hosted with the Medical Research Council of South Africa and the University of Cape Town.

It built on the progress made at the three previous OxHA meetings, particularly the ‘transition to action’ that was launched at Yale in 2005 – continuing to strengthen the evidence base while also working actively to combat the epidemic of chronic disease.

Click here >> for media coverage of the event.


The Summit takes place toward the end of a year of rapid change. The epidemic of chronic disease is accelerating at an alarming rate, despite growing awareness of the risk factors. Other causes, from AIDS to climate change, continue to dominate the headlines. This is also the year that has seen the internet evolve from a medium of information to one which serves to support and coordinate communities of interest who want action, like the Oxford Health Alliance.

It is only by disparate people and organisations truly working together that we can successfully combat the epidemic of chronic disease. The meeting is rooted in and connected to the location of the developing world, and in the power offered by the internet to connect us – online participation by those not able to attend in person is encouraged (see below). Go to to watch and participate.

Aims of the summit

Our goal is to engage participants in a working meeting that will focus all our energies on an urgent and timely opportunity. This meeting afforded us a chance to brainstorm a web platform designed to serve as the global headquarters for all those fighting for a healthier future:

Click here >> for information about the sessions and participation, and here >> for the agenda linking to the online footage.

Online participation

Videos of part of the summit are available to view online, as is audio of the plenaires, and blogs were regularly posted by several delegates. Participation was encouraged from those not able to attend in person, through soliciting comments and questions for delegates through Comments and questions received online were regularly put to the delegates, speakers and workgroup leaders.