Parliamentarians Convene for Health Leadership Seminar (special report)
Elected officials from five countries with significant population, health and development challenges attended a weeklong seminar in early August at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The 2004 Parliamentarian Leadership Seminar, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, presented the latest evidence on critical health issues and provided new strategies for the legislators to employ in their home countries.
“[The representatives] do not have regular access to the kind of information that a place like Hopkins and other leading research institutions can provide,” says Amy Tsui, PhD, Gates Institute director. The 11 representatives visited Capitol Hill, shared legislative experiences and heard presentations on sexually transmitted diseases, strategic leadership, population issues, reproductive health and other topics. “The Gates Institute shares a common cause with these officials in protecting the health and well-being of their constituencies,” says Tsui.