Presentation

logo2The Iberoamerican Observatory of Health and Citizenship is a virtual space (www.iohc-pt.org) related to the subjects that its own name presents.

It brings together academics, policy makers and other associates, in order to record data, case experiences, successful and instructive public policies, good practices, case law, training models, new methodologies, tools and any other initiative useful to share. All this has the goal to create a place of relationship, training, meeting and dialogue at a graduate and post-graduate degree level and at the political sector area with base in the Iberoamerican perspective on citizenship related to health. Furthermore, a goal is also to conceive and sustain an experience of reflection, analysis, research, exchange and political proposal that organizes a community of knowledge and practice committed with health policies, citizenship and health education, always in search of a strong leadership in the field, that can be able to implement ideas and innovations in public policies related to health and citizenship in Iberoamerica.

Background and justification

The Iberoamerican background in the field of public policies related to health education, gender equality and participative citizenship is pretty interesting. For instance, the NNUU (OPS-OMS) programs: Gender, Health and Development, Healthy Municipalities and Communities and its effects in the different countries. In the academic field we can notice progresses in teaching, research, publications and development projects that deserve to be shared, socialized, spread to other countries and articulated with the policies and all the educational work in order to change realities in the future. Even if progress was made in knowledge and policies related to the promotion of health in all its forms, and specifically on gender equality in the health area, the statistics show no sign of national researches or compared studies articulated in socio political and research networks. The lack is even bigge sensitive issues like femicide or disability caused by domestic violence, migration and health issues, human trafficking and its relation to health and violence, violence and sexual reproductive health, problems of HIV / AIDS, psychological and physical consequences of homophobia, obesity, diabetes mellitus chronic diseases, etc..
Emphasize these subjects would allow to recognize the seriousness of the phenomenon and suppor public policies in order to create regional agreements among countries in Iberoamerica. This way will be possible to make changes in the processes of policy making, law, education, etc, changes based on certain facts shared at an academic level, giving birth to the encounter between universities and governments, NGOs, and international cooperation. Nowadays we are living in a democratic context in Portugal, Spain, Latin America and specially South America, that supports the organization of forums and proactive networks that are able to take advantage of the virtual space in order to share experiences, policies, models of intervention and training etc. Therefore we think that the creation of a Virtual Observatory for Health and Citizenship in Iberoamerica it an interesting initiative.

 Main Purpose

Create a Iberoamerican space for Health and Citizenship, with the participation of Research Centers, Governmental Organizations, NGOs, creating relationships between the academy and the policies, in
 order to build public and efficient policies about the main subject, based on comparative studies.

Specific objectives:

  1. Create an Iberoamerican space of meeting and dialogue on issues related to health and citizenship;
  2. Observe the Iberoamerican reality in this area trough data, practices, policies, models and tools of intervention, research training, scientific and technical production, culture and innovation.;
  3. Develop policies based on observation, academic research and post-graduate training to improve the condition of citizenship in relation to health;
  4. Form a critical group of leaders, containing political and social leaders, representative of the public, academic, NGOs and civil society sector. Reinforce capabilities that contribute to a representative democracy and to a democratic governability, with new leaders in that area, which improve the building of the Iberoamerican policies adding creativity and solving the existing demands;
  5. Build knowledge, practices, methodologies, tools and build capacity to act in the field, implementation and evaluation of the public policies, within the respective tasks of the participants, in a multicultural and interdisciplinary framework;
  6. To promote the communication, the relationships and the exchange of staff and publications between the different operators of the health system like government, academy and civil society with the aim to share knowledge and systematize specific experiences, creating and maintaining a community of reflection and practices and also creating and maintaining exchange networks;
  7. Develop a common policy program for training, performance and / or intervention in education for citizenship, health and combat to inequality.