Sessions and Participation

There were many opportunities for delegates to take an active role in participating at the Cape Town ’06 summit.

Formal sessions

Sessions included:

  • Scene-setting panel discussion on chronic disease prevention, what we are trying to achieve, and what are the barriers to success
  • Health diplomacy – using it to achieve our objectives
  • Communities of change – including promoting chronic disease prevention in faith-based communities
  • The scandal and challenge of delivering medicines for chronic disease
  • Update on the Grand Challenges project
  • The link to sustainability

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Parallel sessions

There were also four parallel, optional sessions on the second day:

  • – ideas for content and promotion
  • OxHA in North America
  • Guidance for the diagnosis, prevention and care of HIV/AIDS:  WHO can health professionals trust?
  • Applying the Visual Body Map to risk-factor reduction with young people

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All delegates took part in workgroup discussion around one of four themes:

  • Designing healthy cities (Design)
  • Healthy business (Workplace)
  • Making the case (Economics)
  • It’s the future (Youth)

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Other opportunities for participation
  • ‘Soapbox session’ at which delegates talked about their ideas and projects.
  • Plenty of discussion throughout the event, and delegates (and those wishing to participate from outside Cape Town) were encouraged to post comments and questions on the summit website.
  • Q&A sessions in plenary and in the parallel sessions.
  • Breakfast meetings were arranged for delegates wishing to discuss issues of interest.
  • Opportunities for delegates to blog and podcast on the summit website.
  • Further interaction will be encouraged, to build a ‘virtual alliance’ online.