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Beyond Resource Mobilisation

In Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 11:10 pm

BY DAVID BISHAI, JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Transmitting the needs of the poor to the ears of the policymaker is not as easy as it seems.  The poor themselves do not fully know what causes their ill health.  They and their doctors frame the problem in medical terms.  Epidemiologists multiply case counts into “burden”.  Economists prioritize disease burdens according to the costs of the medical solution.  Advocates use photo journals, tales of woe, body counts and whatever cost-effectiveness estimates they can get their hands on to elbow their way into the hearts and minds of the global policymakers, government officials, and donors. Read the rest of this entry »

Global symposium in blogs…Center for Global Development

In Global Symposium on Health Systems Research on November 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

Checking the web for stories about the symposium one of our first stops was the Center for Global Development. We noticed that Nandini Oomman has referenced our post by David Bishai. She poses the thorny question
Can Research Make Health Systems Strengthening Sexier?…Well can it? What do you think?

A “disease systems” symposium?

In Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

BY DAVID BISHAI, JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

David BishaiThis symposium is unique because it’s not about one disease.  In the land of global health, this is going to provoke suspicion and a sense that all this attention may be threatening resources and taking away the limelight from “my disease”.  In sober moments everyone realizes that nobody’s disease can be properly addressed without a strong health system.  But the logical error that plagues us all began when we framed global health as a problem of “diseases” and the solutions as “disease control”.  Although it is billed as a health systems symposium, I am afraid the week will be consumed with concerns about human activity that is fundamentally reactive and curative.  This is really a “disease systems” symposium.  Read the rest of this entry »