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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Wednesday, September 27 • 9:00am - 11:30am
[VIRTUAL] Shifting Power Paradigms: Towards an Equitable Global Health Stewardship (270902)

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This session outlines a two and a half hour examining power dynamics and decision-making within global health governance, learning from the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic. It promotes critical discourse on equitable collaboration between LMICs and high-income countries (HICs), advocating for a shift in power dynamics and more democratic stewardship in international institutions. One of the objectives is introducing the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in addressing these goals, illustrating how ethically applied AI can identify and address health inequities, enhance data collection and analysis, support collaborative efforts, and foster open and meaningful communication.

Based on the UNGA78 theme of SDGs, we bring the voices of LMICs to focus global attention on the challenges that affect implementation of SDGs among the most vulnerable populations in LMICs while suggesting feasible and effective solutions. The following will be important elements of the session.


  1. The session begins with a short narrative to give a powerful glimpse on the health challenges in LMICs: 1 minute
  2. Introductory remarks by the moderator: 10 minutes
  3. Introducing the member of the panel: 5 minutes
  4. Individual panelist presentations focusing on their chosen themes: 40 minutes
  5. Panel discussion led by the moderator addressing the proposed questions: 45 minutes
  6. Q/A session with attendees: 30 minutes
  7. Concluding remarks and call-to-action by the moderator: 10 minutes
Expected Outcomes:

This session aims to provoke a comprehensive discussion on the existing power dynamics within global health governance and intersectoral partnerships. We aspire to inspire a shift in these dynamics towards a more democratic and balanced global health stewardship. We hope to produce a comprehensive roadmap for a more inclusive, equitable, and democratic global health system. Our goal is to create a shared understanding of the unique challenges LMICs face and possible AI-driven solutions, thus stimulating collective efforts to achieve health-related SDGs. By engaging various stakeholders in these discussions, we hope to highlight the value of bottom-up decision-making, community engagement, and democratic global health governance toward the equitable achievement of the health-related SDGs, which has the potential to integrate digital medicine, including AI into the existing healthcare systems of LMICs.

We firmly believe that by shifting power dynamics, we can take significant strides toward the equitable achievement of the health-related SDGs.

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Mitra Sadigh

Writer/Editor/Researcher, Nuvance Health / University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program & Stony Brook University Renaiss
Mitra Sadigh is writer, editor, and researcher at the Nuvance Health/University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program (NH/UVMLCOM GHP) where she serves as editor of the GH Diaries blog and eMagazine as well as faculty member of the GH Academy. With two bachelor’s... Read More →
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Prof Chiratidzo E Ndhlovu

Associate Professor of Medicine, Specialist Physician & Nephrologist University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Chiratidzo Ndhlovu, M Med Sci( Clin Epi), FRCP is an Associate Professor of Medicine and previous Deputy Dean at the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has vast experience in internal medicine and in particular as a medical educator and clinician... Read More →
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Vincent Setlhare

Associate Professor Family Medicine Medicine, and HOD, University of Botswana
Vincent Setlhare, MD, MBA is Associate Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Medicine at the University of Botswana. A Fellow of Global Health Leadership (Afya Bora) and a final-year PhD candidate, Dr. Setlhare is a family physician who... Read More →
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Nelson Sewankambo

Professor, Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Nelson Sewankambo MBChB, MSc, M.MED, FRCP, LLD (HC) is the coordinator of this session. He is a Professor Emeritus, a former Dean of Makerere University Medical School, and a past Principal of Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda. His professional career in the... Read More →
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Hossein Akbarialiabad

St George and Sutherland Clinical School, UNSW Medicine, Sydney, Australia. Nuvance Global Health Academy, Danbury,US
Dr. Hossein Akbarialiabad, MD MSc, dedicates himself to global health and medical education, merging conventional medical practices with interdisciplinary innovations. He pioneered a mentorship program in his home medical school, expanding its reach to areas like East Africa and deepening... Read More →
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Dr.Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka

Senior Lecturer of Paediatrics and Child health, Department of Paediatrics,Makerere College of Health Sciences
Dr Sabrina Kitaka is a Ugandan Paediatrician who serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences,her goals include improving the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents globally.

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Co-convenor: Swapnil Parve

Director of International Affairs, Nuvance Health Global Health Program
Dr. Parve's dedication to global health and extensive field experience have positioned him as a global health leader and innovator. With a solid educational background and a passion for making a difference, he has consistently contributed to medical education and improved healthcare... Read More →
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Majid Sadigh

Director of Global Health Program, Nuvance Health/UVMLCOM
Majid Sadigh, MD, is an infectious disease specialist and internationally-recognized global health expert, Dr. Majid Sadigh is Director of the Nuvance Health (NH) / University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine (UVMLCOM) Global Health Program. In 2016, he was honored as the inaugural... Read More →

Wednesday September 27, 2023 9:00am - 11:30am EDT