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2nd International Conference on Global Public Health. Kristiansand, Norway, October 8—10, 2008 — Abstracts

Global Health Action
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
DOI: 10.3402/gha.v1i0.1884
  • Supplement 1
  • 2008
  • Abstracts
  • Medicine


Dear Colleagues, On behalf of University of Agder and the Organising Committee, we are pleased to welcome you to the 2nd International Conference on Global Public Health Focus on UN Millennium Development Goals � Health promotion in a National and International perspective This conference is the 2nd conference on Global Public Health, arranged by Faculty of Health and Sports, University of Agder, Norway in cooperation with institute of Health Sciences in Molepolole, Botswana. This first conference was held in Gaborone, Botswana in 2005 and was a success. This conference is a celebration of our status change from University College to a full established University in September 2007. This conference provides an opportunity for all public health workers to be introduced and exposed to a variety of aspects associated with the changing demands in the field of public health worldwide. The Organising Committee has worked diligently to organise a wide-ranging programme focusing on important health issues. We are pleased to welcome participants from about 30 different countries. Collaboration is needed to overcome the serious health challenges of our time, and this conference is a place for developing relationships across borders. With its population of 79,000 Kristiansand is Norway’s fifth largest town and the largest on the southern coast of Norway, usually referred to as ‘‘Sørlandet’’. Kristiansand is a Renaissance town founded in 1641. Located on the southern tip of Norway, it has always been a commercial centre with easy access to and good connections with the European continent and the rest of the world. Visitors appreciate that Kristiansand is the sunniest place in Norway. Travellers benefit from regular domestic and international flights in addition to intercity bus connections and ferry and railway services, in addition to regular ferry connections to Gothenburg (Sweden), and Hirtshals (Denmark). Kristiansand is today the second largest port in Norway, a

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