General Presentation

In the XXI century and against the logic of globalization in different social, economic and political life scenarios, paradoxically have emerged, every time with more intensity, debates and sociopolitical bets to understand and position the territory as a central reference to give response to the needs of the population, where the search for wellness and quality of life adopts a logic of proximity between citizens and State.

The health sector, in its long history, has not been oblivious to these ideas and it could even be affirmed without a doubt that it has been one of the scenarios where the territorial, local perspective and the logic of proximity have been gestated and promoted, facing today big challenges because the capacity of health systems to respond – partly because of the dynamics of the market and the private interests that have positioned themselves as the mobilizing axes of their functioning – have not only failed to meet the challenges It requires adopting a territorial perspective but also has been propelling territorial inequities regarding the health of the populations and welfare conditions associated with it.

The understanding of the territory as a social construction implies, in the first instance, recognizing the complex relationships between human beings with their living environment and therefore as bio-spaces (Fals Borda, 2000) in which the guarantee of materialized social rights through the provision of services, as is the case of health, claims to understand expectations and needs, incorporate traditions, identities and other diversities that are woven into the temporality of the people who inhabit them; in short, assume the territory as a social actor. Therefore, knowing the health situation and the relevant response from the health systems implies transcending the mere description of the health-disease situation data to accommodate other factors (economic, political, social and cultural) that are involved in this dynamic and that understands interaction processes and networks of social and institutional relationships associated with these problems.

In addition to the socially constructed territorialities, it is also a fact that the physical factors of the territory and the exercise of power play a significant role in the capacity of response of health systems. The populations are distributed in spaces delimited by different types of borders (geographical, inter-States, political administrative and outside state powers among others) that determine different levels of accessibility to health services and live subject to territorialities imposed by these borders.

In the digital era, information and communication technologies seem to be gaining a position in the dissolution of borders, not only physical but also cultural, which through different devices are constituting new territorialities, new forms of interaction and relationship.

In this complex scenario, the V version of the congress of health systems aims to make visible experiences and initiatives at a global and regional level that are being developed, this time around the following topics:

Organized by:

With the support of

Maestría en Gobierno del Territorio y Gestión Pública


Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
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