Internationally acclaimed Epidemiologist Professor, Sir Michael Marmot, will be giving a keynote address at the Addressing Health Inequalities, an international health conference to be held in Johannesburg at the Wits School of Public Health on the 23rd and 24th of February 2017.

The conference is a joint initiative of the South African Medical Association (SAMA), the World Medical Association (WMA) and the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand.

According to SAMA, the conference will put eradicating health inequalities in Africa, protecting health rights and addressing the social determinants of health under the spotlight.

“A highlight of the conference is undoubtedly the presence of Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who will deliver the keynote address. Sir Michael is a world-renowned expert on health inequalities, and is someone who will bring immense gravitas to this conference. His knowledge, insights, and experience, will certainly be worth listening to and will be invaluable to all attendees,” said Chairperson of SAMA, Dr Mzukisi Grootboom.

Sir Michael is internationally acclaimed as an authority on health inequalities and social determinants of health. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London. He was appointed as Adjunct Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

Sir Michael has written more than 1130 published articles. In 2017 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Medical Association Award: Distinguished Merit gold medal. In 2015 he was the President of the World Medical Association.

Professor Sir Marmot will deliver his keynote address on “Implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health? What progress?” on Thursday 23 February 2017.

“Sir Michael’s awards, research and international standing make him the ideal person to speak on this topic. He is an extremely accomplished medical professional; the massive contribution he will make to this conference cannot be emphasised enough,” said Dr Grootboom.

Themes to be addressed at the conference include: progress and challenges with combatting health inequalities; moving beyond rhetoric in addressing social determinants of health; ensuring that human resources for health education and training institutions transform curricula in support of health equity; and the role health professional associations and policy makers in addressing health inequalities and social determinants of health.

Sir Michael will also be delivering three lectures in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

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