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In Global Symposium on Health Systems Research on November 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm


We have all arrived home from the Global Symposium and I’ve had a little bit of time to browse web coverage to see what news and views filtered out from Montreux into the public realm. Given the conference organisers’ desire to archive learning from the meeting and reach out to a wide audience to prompt interest in this area of research it’s useful to see what areas captured people’s imagination.

Scidevnet have covered the symposium with regular updates from T V Padma their South Asia Regional Coordinator. Issues covered included:

  • The need to increase research capacity in developing countries and encourage collaborative learning and research into policy
  • Researching complex systems
  • Tackling TB and HIV in Ukraine and Russia through a system wide approach
  • The challenge of tackling health financing
  • Gaps in universal health coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa

Meanwhile in their news section Aisling Irwin covers the announcement made in the closing session of the creation of a new international entity under their headline, “Ailing Global Forum for Health Research joins COHRED.”

We are big fans of the BMJ and were happy to see our friend and colleague Tracey Koehlmoos of ICDDR,B was providing them with updates. She commented,

“In addition to the plethora of great plenary speakers and interesting sessions, is the real benefit of coming together with so many of my global colleagues. For many of us, we fight the war on poverty and disease from the frontlines in developing countries. Some groups work in relative isolation or grouped on the occasional multi-country study. We often only hear of one another or read one another’s research findings through publications.   After exercising early, I sat alone at breakfast the other morning, and within twenty minutes I was surrounded by a large group of South Asian colleagues most of whom had not met previously but we had all heard of one another and some of us had corresponded with one another via e-mail.  It was transformational to sit face to face and talk about our common challenges in the region.  I left the table feeling empowered —and pretty sure that we will figure out a way to work together in near future.”

If you see any other good news reporting on the symposium please do let us know…

Building Health Policy and Systems Research Capacity

In Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 11:34 am


On Monday conference participants at the Global Symposium gathered to explore how we can work together to understand and increase capacity for undertaking and utilising Health Policy and Systems Research. This is a priority area if we are serious about improving systems and service delivery for the people who need it the most.

You can download the main messages from the satellite below but in short we need to:

  • Forcefully make the argument that health policy and systems research is important
  • Work in multi-stakeholder partnerships to support country-driven research agendas, evaluate the evidence and get this work into policy and practice
  • Push governments and other funders to invest in this area, particularly in national research organisations over the longer term
  • Make sure that health policy and systems research is harmonized and aligned with the national agenda
  • Encourage further exploration of methodologies for this work
  • Support and nurture young researchers
  • Develop cross-country lesson learning and collaboration

>>Health Policy and Systems Research main messages

A “disease systems” symposium?

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


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 »