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lecture by Dr. David Chiriboga, former Minister of Public Health for Ecuador

Health Equity: Does it Exist?

July 31, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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A lecture by Dr. David Chiriboga, former Minister of Public Health for Ecuador

Time: 12:00 – 1:00p

Location:  PICU Conference room, White 604, Mass General Hospital, Boston MA

David Chiriboga, MD, MPH

Dr. Chiriboga obtained his MD in medicine and surgery at Universidad Central del Ecuador Medical School and his postgraduate degrees in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and School of Public Health. Dr. Chiriboga designed and implemented a comprehensive healthcare system for indigenous persons residing in Zumbahua, in the highlands of the Ecuadorian Andes, which included building a community hospital with financial support from an Italian Catholic organization and the Ecuadorian Government. Dr. Chiriboga worked as a physician and as medical director of this hospital and its corresponding health district for over a decade.

Dr. Chiriboga subsequently returned to UMMS as a faculty member in the Departments of Medicine, and Family and Community Medicine, where he had the opportunity to engage in academic activities and research, publishing over 30 scientific papers. In 2008 Dr. Chiriboga was invited to return to Ecuador as senior health policy advisor for the Ministry of Social Development Coordination and afterwards was asked to serve as Minister of Public Health of Ecuador. After accepting this position in 2010, Dr. Chiriboga undertook a major re-structuring of the Ministry of Health and of the country’s healthcare system, with the long-term goal of putting into effect universal health care.

Dr. Chiriboga also served as President of the Council of Ministers of Health for the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). His role as President included support for the creation of the South American Institute for Health Governance (ISAGS) in Rio de Janeiro, the establishment of a 5-year regional plan towards universal health care in the region, and successful positioning and approval of key draft resolutions to the World Health Assembly regarding R&D for drugs to treat neglected diseases, as well as policies to support access to generic medicines. Dr. Chiriboga, representing Ecuador, acted as Vice-President of the 63rd World Health Assembly and was also a member of the Executive Board of World Health Organization. He has lectured in several countries and was invited as keynote speaker for the European Union Conference in Global Health held in Brussels in 2010.

Dr. Chiriboga’s current interests center on the universal right to health and health equity at the local, national, and global levels. He is in the process of structuring an international multidisciplinary team with various healthcare and basic science professionals, quantitative and GIS analysis experts, social scientists, environmental and international law specialists, as well as economists, in order to collect and analyze primary and secondary data on health indicators, social determinants of health and healthcare systems. The purpose of this collective is to develop a system of standardized health equity metrics to inform policy and to propose solutions to ongoing health care delivery challenges.