Born in Milan in 1959, Dr. Gargioni is a medical doctor and he holds a specialization in Tuberculosis control and Lung Diseases. He worked 17 years in Uganda, first as a medical officer in a rural hospital, then as Director of the Health Services of the Kitgum District, in Northern Uganda, and finally as a World Health Organization (WHO) Adviser to the Ministry of Health in Kampala.
Since 2002 he has been working at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, in the Stop TB Department, as focal point for TB control in Africa and for the policy formulation for community care initiatives.
He is currently leading the team working on the promotion of national and global partnerships involving governments and civil society organizations in a coordinated effort to control the TB epidemic.
Partnering for Health in Development Cooperation (taught with Minelli)
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.