Elisabetta Minelli works with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2005 as partnership officer with the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (2005-2009), the Stop TB Partnership (2009-2014) and the Global Health Cluster (2015-present). Before joining the WHO, she worked as liaison officer of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine in Milan for the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Regional Government of Lombardy and the WHO. She holds a degree in Political Science with specialization in International Relations, a Master's in Management of Development and an accreditation with the Partnership Brokers' Accreditation Scheme. She likes reading, travelling and running. She is married and mother of three kids.
Partnering for Health in Development Cooperation (taught with Gargioni)
The course focuses on partnering for health in development cooperation. Students learn about the broader global health agenda: Universal Health Coverage and Social Protection; health in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the role and mandate of the World Health Organization and the Primary Health Care principles, as formulated in the International Conference of Alma Ata and Astana 2018. They gain understanding of the value added of working in partnership to achieve public health goals during development and/or humanitarian interventions, as well as of the key steps of the partnering process. Finally students understand the relevance of community engagement and community care models in addressing public health challenges. All presentations (and the ensuing discussions) will have a practical focus, centred on the lessons learned in the context of the World Health Organization work to support countries in their efforts to achieve concrete public health objectives (e.g. control of the TB epidemic or preparedness and response to emergencies). Various initiatives, like the promotion of community care models or building partnerships between state and non-state sectors, have shown the importance of the principles of social justice (encouraging responsibility for the common good, supporting solidarity and empower civil society through a subsidiary approach) in designing effective health interventions. Practical examples show how this approach is not only relevant for the overall provision of health services but also for building a social capital that is essential for human and social development.