The fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (Nov 14-18, 2016) was in Vancouver this year and focused on “resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world”. The symposium brought together the full range of players involved in health systems and policy research.
Health Partners International participated in all four symposiums with oral presentations and posters, including the very first one in Montreux. This year we presented two posters:
- ‘Results Based Financing and Universal Health Coverage: Evidence from Northern Uganda’
- ‘Promoting positive social norms in support of zero tolerance for gender-based violence in rural Zambia’.
This was a great opportunity to share our innovations and lessons learned in strengthening resilient and responsive health systems in the post-conflict area of Northern Uganda and in Zambia.
In a press release at the end of the conference, experts called for global leaders to learn lessons both from poor and rich countries to address the inequities that exist in all communities.
Highlighting the discussions, Christina Zarowsky, University of Montreal, Canada and co-chair of the Programme Working Group for the Symposium, said, “Throughout the week we have heard stories from Canada to Guatemala that showed that being from a high-income country does not exclude people from marginalisation, and that health and social justice are inextricably linked. We cannot seek to address one without the other.”
“As a global community, we must recognise that if we are to build resilient and responsive health systems, we have to design them around the needs of people whose health they are meant to improve and protect”, said Kabir Sheikh, Chair of Health Systems Global.
The fifth Global Symposium for Health Systems Research will be hosted in 2018 in Liverpool, UK.