FCO People to People Dialogue and the Prosperity Fund
On 5 Dec, Kalipso Chalkidou, Director of the Global Health and Development Group (GHD), represented Imperial group at the 4th People to People dialogue in Beijing, convened by Vice Minister Cui Li from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China, and the UK’s Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt. Healthy ageing, improving quality of care and reducing variation, ensuring timely adoption of good value innovation, harvesting ‘Big Data’ and enhancing health and social care integration were some of the common themes highlighted as priorities by the two ministers, with China numbering now over 220 million citizens over the age of 65 and faced with the major task of ensuring universal coverage to good quality affordable care to its 1.3 billion population. The GHD and iDSI’s work in improving quality and efficiency and streamlining the introduction and retirement of technology, is central to these themes. We hope with the support of the Prosperity Fund, we will be in a position to continue engaging with the NHFPC and its think-tank, China National Health Development Research Center (CNHDRC), as they address these challenges and learn in the process.