2016 Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics

2016 Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics

The 2016 Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics will be held August 29-31 in Atlanta, GA USA. The conference, now in its eight year, will return to the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta, GA USA. The event is co-organized by Georgia Tech, INSEAD, MIT and Northeastern University. The mission of the conference series is to stimulate innovation and build capacity to manage global health and humanitarian supply chains around the world. It brings together high level speakers from across the health and humanitarian sectors, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry, government, etc.

Over the last five years, the world has faced the earthquake in Haiti followed by a major cholera outbreak, an earthquake in Japan with cascading effects in a nuclear plant, the major tsunami in Southeast Asia, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, among other natural disasters.  Likewise, recent crises in global health such as the possible spread of the Zika virus in Brazil, the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, threaten to destabilize security and public health. Solving these problems requires a global systems perspective and an ability to engage with organizations and partners at both the global and local levels.

The aim of the annual Health & Humanitarian Logistics (HHL) Conference is to provide an open forum to discuss the challenges and new solutions in disaster preparedness and response, long-term development and humanitarian aid, and global health delivery. The conference platform encourages learning and collaboration within and across institutions; promote system-wide improvements in organizations and the sector as a whole; identify important research issues; and establish priorities for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), corporations, and the government in terms of strategies, policies and investments. Representatives from the humanitarian sector, government and military, NGOs, foundations and private industry, and academia presented diverse perspectives in health and humanitarian challenges through keynote addresses, panel discussions, focused workshops, lunchtime group discussions, and interactive poster sessions (with over forty-five posters covering a broad set of research topics and applications).

You are welcome to email your ideas for panel themes, workshop topics, and potential speakers/facilitators for the 2016 conference to humlogconf@gatech.edu

For more information about the 2016 conference and its program, please visit http://hhscenter.gatech.edu/conference/2016.