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Report from Bamako: Strengthening Research for Health, Development and Equity


About the Global Forum

Forum reports


Peterson Stearns, Beverly


Bamako, Call to Action, Communiqué, development, equity, Forum, presentation, research








This Report from Bamako is an attempt to give background and insight into the content of the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health, Bamako, Mali, 16-20 November 2008, and the documents

that emerged from it. It presents the “story” of an extraordinary gathering and attempts to capture the spirit of an extraordinary meeting for which so many had prepared for so long. The perspective presented here is drawn from plenary speeches, session presentations, discussions and extemporaneous comments that were made in Bamako.

The total picture is intended to reflect the problems confronted, solutions proposed, the diversity of ideas and the common themes that ran through the conference.

The accompanying CD-ROM includes the final programme, list of participants and material from many of the presentations. The Bamako Call to Action on Research for Health, the Communiqué

and the Call for Civil Society Engagement stand as the best expression of the outcome of the meeting. How many of their recommendations are implemented in the near future will be the best measure of success.

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