Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text SizeFacebookTwitterYoutubeInstagramLinkedIn

Healthcare Leaders Discuss Impact of Global Economic Crisis
OTTAWA –Speaking at a round table discussion today at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Dr. Mira Roses, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), highlighted the implications of the global economic crisis on the social sector, particularly health.

“The economic crisis comes at a time when commitment to global health has never been higher. It comes in the midst of the most ambitious drive in history to reduce poverty and distribute the benefits of our modern society, including those related to health,” said Dr. Roses. “However, there is a real risk that the global recession will have significant consequences on poverty and malnutrition. And that will impact the health and care of the most vulnerable groups in our society, including the poor, the elderly and children.”

“There is a great deal that can be done to cushion the impact of the financial crisis on healthcare — if we maintain our commitment to healthcare across government, corporate and public sectors,” she said.

Dr. Roses explained how the impacts would be most felt in poorer or emerging countries. She stressed that we should learn from mistakes made during previous economic downturns and maintain investment in the health and social sectors at a time when they are most needed.

Financial support for global healthcare comes from a variety of areas — government, foundations, university endowments, corporate philanthropy and private donations.

“Each of those has been, or could be, impacted by the current economic situation,” said Michel Bilodeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of CHEO, who hosted the round table discussion in honor of the collaborative partnership program between CHEO and four Mexican pediatric hospitals, which receives grants from PAHO.

“Locally, we are very lucky. Canada has not been as adversely impacted by the economy as other countries, and the province of Ontario chose to protect hospital spending in its most recent budget. Of course, the impacts to corporate and private donations will be an area to watch going forward,” said Bilodeau. “But of equal importance as we navigate through this economic crisis, we cannot forget that healthcare is more than infrastructure, but includes a strategy to reduce poverty and its impact to health and resources to address other very real issues in our community — such as child/youth obesity and mental health.”

The panel discussion also included Dr. Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, a world-renown virologist and pediatrician, and Francisco Barrio Terrazas, the Mexican ambassador to Canada.

CHEO Media Relations: 613-737-2343
Take Action


 Kids Health Alliance logo

Improving access to coordinated, consistent, high-quality health care for children, youth and their families. 

Quick Links

Programs & Health Info
magnifying glass

Letter aLetter bLetter cLetter eLetter fLetter g Letter hLetter iLetter jLetter kLetter lLetter mLetter nLetter oLetter pLetter qLetter rLetter sLetter t Letter uLetter vLetter wLetter xLetter yLetter z
Zoomed image Close