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Forward Together : Approaching Global Inequities in Health

Convened by Professor Sir John Bell (Alberta & Magdalen 1975); Trustee, Rhodes Trust; Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford and Dr Tariro Makadzange (Zimbabwe & Balliol 1999); Trustee, Rhodes Trust; Associate Director Clinical Research, Gilead Sciences

Technological gains across healthcare disciplines have led to astounding improvements in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. However there remain stark inequalities in the access to healthcare between different countries and communities: South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa for example, bear a disproportionate burden of global child mortality. Notably, although developing nations face unique obstacles to improving health access and delivery, the developed world is also not exempt from the burdens of health inequity.

In response to these disparities, this year’s Rhodes Healthcare Forum will bring together members of the healthcare community from a wide variety of backgrounds to discuss issues ranging from policy development, service delivery improvement and leadership in healthcare, to technological innovation and mental health. Throughout the conference, we will consider how the discussion can be related to challenges in underserved settings, so as to ensure that in moving forward to improve health, we move forward together.

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Proudly sponsored by:

Roivant Sciences

Programme Highlights

Optional morning exercise
Keynote addresses
Breakout sessions
Panel discussions
Fireside chats with Q&A
Scholar presentations
Mentorship and networking
Reception and Rhodes House dinner

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3rd Annual Rhodes Healthcare Forum

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Registration details

Current Rhodes Scholars
Current Scholars or Recently Graduated (2011-2017) and guests of Current Scholars: £30

Alumni and Guests
Early bird rate before 31 August: £150
Standard registration rate after 31 August: £195

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  • Book early to avoid disappointment, registration closes 20 October or when all places have been filled.
  • Rhodes Trust Secretaries, Trustees and Alumni Association Committee Members are exempt from registration fees.
  • Deadline for refunds – 6 October


Other information

Delegates are responsible for organising their own accommodation – book early to avoid disappointment. We recommend contacting your college for room availability or one of the many nearby hotels or B&B's listed here as soon as possible.

Rhodes House does not have visitor parking. We recommend using one of the convenient Park & Ride sites.

Rhodes House is fully wheelchair-accessible with a lift allowing access to all of the programmed sessions.

Dress Code
Smart casual / Business casual

Filming and Photography
Sessions throughout the weekend may be filmed or photographed. Please contact if you do not wish to be filmed or photographed.

If you have any questions or difficulties booking this event, please contact:

We would like to thank Roivant Sciences, a biotechnology and mission-driven healthcare company, for partnering with us as a Platinum Level Sponsor of this year’s forum. As a student-led and organised conference, the Rhodes Healthcare Forum appreciates the generous sponsorship of the Roivant and Myovant teams