The Royal Geographical Society held their Annual International Conference in London from Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September 2017. Dr Adegbola Ojo, was invited to attend as a sessional chair, themed around The Health Millennium Development Goals: Global Strides, Local Meanders and also presented a paper titled, Sustainable Development, Health Disparities and Data – Driven Classification of Geographic Areas.

L-R Dr Anthonia Onyeahialam (Aberystwyth University), Dr Ojo and Mildred Ajebon (Durham University).
Dr Anthonia Onyeahialam (Aberystwyth University), Dr Ojo and Mildred Ajebon (Durham University).

An overview of the session chaired by Dr Ojo:

UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in summary report great strides made globally on the health MDGs. For example, between 2000 and 2015, 37% and 60% decline in malaria incidence and mortality rates respectively has been reported. This is often not the case at many local levels where disease rates contrast amidst elite populations, health behaviours and spaces that are often overlooked. This session thematically explored challenges around the health MDGs, and other cross cutting goals.

The session focused on issues such as:

  • Deviations and contrary reports to progress reported globally on the health MDGs – malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, maternal and child health; poverty, hunger; wellbeing.
  • MDGs as a global commodity
  • Local interpretations and perceptions about the health MDGs
  • Hidden and often overlooked local risks, behaviours, space and place and the emergence of spatially constructed diseases
  • Health MDGs, biosecurity and border concerns
  • The role of transnational health care provision, delivery and education including medical missions in the knowledge gaps created between the local and global scale
  • Insights using local, national and global primary and secondary data sources that contradict or complement findings from multiple scales including analytical methods

 You can find out more about the conference here.