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Event: Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

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14/11/2016 - 08:00 to 18/11/2016 - 17:30

The Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research takes place in Vancouver from 14 to 18 November 2016.

The overarching theme of the symposium is: Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world.

View schedule and download the Symposium Programme

Find out about Keynote speakers.

The Impact Initiative will be hosting two organised sessions during the Symposium - ‘Disability, equity and rights: Sharing intersectional approaches to building responsive, resilient and inclusive health systems’ and ‘Opportunities and Challenges:  integrating mHealth into low- and middle-income health systems’.

How can we build equitable and inclusive health systems? 

Chaired by Sally Theobald, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicinethe organised session on Disability, equity and rights will explore how health systems can be strengthened to be more responsive to the priorities of disabled people who often face vulnerability and marginalisation that is shaped by gender, poverty and sexuality.

  • Wednesday 16 November
  • 14.00-15.30
  • Room 12, Vancouver Convention Centre
 Panellists include:

Margaret Gyapong, Dodowa Health Research Centre, Ghana
Intersectionality and Neglected Tropical Disease: from impact to action

Janet Price, Disability Researcher and Activist, UK and CREA, India 
Practical approaches to disability inclusive people-centred health systems

Grace  Bongololo-Mbera, REACH Trust, Malawi
Exploring chronic lung disease and disability in Malawi: the potential role of community based interventions

Maria Kett, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, UK
Conflict, poverty and disabled people: a need for multi-sectoral action

What are the opportunities and the trade-offs for future innovation and implementation of mHealth initiatives?

ICTs offer great promise and opportunity for health systems, yet also have significant challenges and potential downsides. These tensions are infrequently discussed by health system researchers and policymakers. This will be the focus of the mHealth session chaired by Gerry Bloom, Institute of Development Studies. They will explore ICT and health research in Africa and Asia, engaging health systems and development experts in conversation about mHealth futures.   

  • Thursday 17 November
  • 11:00-12.30
  • Room 12, Vancouver Convention Centre 

Panellists include:

Sabrina Rasheed, Associate Scientist, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (Icddr,b), Bangladesh
The potential for mHealth innovation and pathways in Bangladesh

Simon Mariwah, Head of Department, Geography and Regional Planning, University of the Cape Coast, Ghana
Young people’s use of mobile phones for improved health status in sub-Saharan Africa and the implications for health systems

Alain Labrique, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US
Similarities and Differences: Implications for Policy

Kate Hampshire, Reader in Anthropology, Durham University, UK
An emergent research agenda for future health system innovation

How can ESRC-DFID grant holders get involved at the Symposium?

Alongside the sessions above, the Impact Initiative will also be hosting a facilitated discussion on the implications of digital innovation for health systems. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the health strand of a summit on digital innovation hosted by the Impact Initiative in 2017. Your perspectives, evidence and learning, including from relevant discussions you will have during your Impact Initiative supported sessions in Vancouver, will be welcomed and valued in informing this meeting and the output for the summit.

  • Thursday 17 November
  • 17:30-18:30
  • Room 11, Vancouver Convention Centre

There will also be the opportunity for participants to build upon the communications training resources to learn how to communicate their research to different audiences using a wide range of platforms at the ‘Out of the library and into the world: communications for research’ skills session.

  • Monday 14 November
  • 9:00-12:00
  • Room 2, Vancouver Convention Centre

Engage during the Symposium via social media

HSR2016 is an exciting opportunity to interact with current and future partners to share learning and explore new opportunities. We hope that HSR2016 and the Impact Initiative can help to shape, facilitate and carry out high quality research that will engage and inform the development of health systems for resilient societies.

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Key issues guide on inequality in access to health services