2008 Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health

2008 Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health

Strengthening Research for Health, Development and Equity
17-19 November 2008
Bamako, Mali

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This site has been developed by, a new initiative to enhance preparation, participation and contributions of stakeholders at large health forums. It is supported by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, and this particular meeting site is also supported by the partners of the Forum.

Co-organizing partners of the Bamako 2008 Global Ministerial Forum: the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), the Global Forum for Health Research, the Government of the Republic of Mali, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO)

Sponsors of the Global Ministerial Forum are: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and the Governments of Canada, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Bamako Final Communiqué

29 November 2008

Bamako Call to Action

20 November 2008

The Bamako Call to Action reflects the level of consensus reached at the end of Global Ministerial Forum.

Review and Comment on the final version.

Daily report

19 November 2008

Heading into the third and final day of the forum, delegates at the first morning plenary heard a panel discussion which challenged decision-makers in research for health to respond to ideas that have arisen at the forum over the past two days.

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Post-meeting Analyses and Commentaries

25 November 2008

Bamako Call to Action urges new approach to research for health

The ministers and representatives of ministries of health, science and technology, education, foreign affairs and international cooperation from 59 countries have adopted a Call to Action which sets ambitious targets for increasing investment in research for health.

Meeting news

18 Nov 2008

Launch of the eHealth Call to Action

Reverend Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop, Cape Town, South Africa in a video message launched the Bellagio Call to Acton on eHealth during the second day of the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health.

18 Nov 2008

World Bank says we must pay more attention to health systems

The World Bank has called for more attention to be paid to creating innovative health systems to improve health and healthcare delivery in the developing world.

17 Nov 2008

Brain drain and inequitable partnerships help perpetuate Africa’s weak health systems

Survey results demonstrate that training available for health researchers is insufficient.
Source: TropIKA

17 Nov 2008

National governments need to prioritise research for health

Opening speakers in health summit urge governments to set their own priorities.

17 Nov 2008

Giving Health Research Some TLC (Tender Loving Care)

Some of the most important health research is done in some unlikely places, such as toilets, electricity cables and irrigation ditches.

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Meeting blog

2 Feb 2009

The unresolved challenge

A notable aspect of the Bamako Ministerial Forum was that, while it attracted a lot of comment before it took place (and also during the event itself) internet searches suggest that very little has been said about it since. It is, however, important to keep the momentum going and to ensure that the Call to [...]
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