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Symposium news coverage


The World Bank blog, Let’s Talk Development

When the snow fell on health systems research: a symposium sketch

Future Health Systems Innovations for Equity

Would you pee on your tomatoes? Where the HSR approach to knowledge translation is falling short

Dispelling the myths about informal providers

IHP International Health Policies blog

Summary of the Symposium   

Blogs and videos from the Emerging Voices participants at the Symposium

Emerging Voices 2012

Post Beijing Thoughts – The Spirit of Emerging Voices 2012

What’s that noise? 

From BMJ Open (based on opening and closing plenary speeches):

Young researcher’s perspectives on health systems research

Emerging voices in health systems research

Journals and Bulletins

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Development of health systems and universal coverage should be evidence based, says WHO

The Lancet

The advantages of universal health

SoPH Bulletin of the University of Western Cape

Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH): A nascent initiative with lofty ideals 

Health Policy and Planning

Health Systems Global: an opportunity to advance the health systems movement


Mainstream Press

In China

Coverage in English:

Asia a global model for health coverage (China Daily)

China boosts investment in grassroots healthcare (China Daily)

China hosts universal health symposium (CCTV)

China pushing universal health care (CCTV)

Coverage in Chinese:

陈竺:中国力求医改能让群众得实惠 (CHEN Zhu: China strives to make its Health care Reform benefit to the people) (

中国卫生政策研究制定获世卫组织肯定 (China's research and practice of health policy identified by WHO) (Health News Net)

The Guardian, Nigeria

Experts want Nigeria, others to raise access to universal health

Stakeholders call for indicators to monitor universal health coverage

Pressure on UN for declaration on universal health coverage

Interpress News Service Agency

India poised to supply free drugs to 1.2 billion people

Family planning skips millions in Pakistan

Pakistan attacks pneumonia with free vaccine

Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal (India)

WHO unveils plan to promote universalization of health coverage

Lessons India can learn from China (Pakistan)

In order to flourish, Pakistan’s health sector needs HSR

Pakistan would do well to begin conversation on health

Office de Radiodiffusion et Télévision du Bénin

Le 2nd Sympsium Mondial sur la recherche pour les systèmes de santé a démarré depuis hier à Pékin, la capitale chinoise. Mais c'est aujourd'hui que le ministre chinois de la santé a offert son diner de bienvenue aux partipants. Cette rencontre festive a permis aux délégations d'aller au delà des contacts formels pour mieux sympathiser et renforcer l'initiative au profit de la mise en place d'une couverture maladie universelle. DOWNLOAD AUDIO FILES [MP3]

Le Second Symposium Mondial sur la recherche en système de santé se poursuit à Pekin. Seuls 2 béninois y sont présents. Carmen Toudonou a rencontré l'un d'entre eux, il s'agit de Jean-Paul Dossou, il est médecin de santé publique et chercheur au centre de recherche en reproduction humaine et en démographie sis au Cnhu de Cotonou. Il a présenté tout à l'heure une communication sur les effets de la gratuité de la césarienne sur la gestion des services de santé et la fourniture des soins au Bénin. Il répond aux questions sur les effets induits de la politique de gratuité de la césarienne. Jean Paul Dossou est l'invité du journal. DOWNLOAD AUDIO FILES [MP3]

Le 2nd forum mondial sur la recherche en systèmes de santé s'est achevé hier à Pékin. Les délégations venues de plus d'une centaine de pays se sont séparés, avec le ferme engagement de mettre la recherche en systèmes de santé au service d'un objectif commun : la couverture maladie universelle. Un défi, surtout pour les pays pauvres comme le nôtre.DOWNLOAD AUDIO FILES [MP3] 

Ciencia Hoje, Brazil (in Portugese, with English summaries here)

Health policies, scientific bases

World Health Organization pressures for universal health coverage and launches two documents at Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research that recommends the integration between scientists and policy makers. The documents focus on evidence-based research as the best way to achieve universal health coverage and point out some examples of countries, as China, that are using scientific researches to improve health systems.

Optimization of Aids combat
Public health specialist Sarah Alkenbrack defends strategic plans against AIDS based on the epidemiological, cultural economic context. According to her, simple actions like public access to male circumcision in African poor countries can result in better control of the disease with less money spent. A study in Tanzania, for example, shows that a large-scale free voluntary medical circumcision programme in the country could result a 25% reduction in new HIV infections by 2025.  

New views at health
Global initiative promoted by WHO and UNICEF will conduct public consultation about health in more than 50 countries, Brazil included. The aim of the project is discuss the role of health in the post 2015 UN development agenda. The process will culminate in a high-level meeting in late February 2013, involving governments, NGO coalitions, key UN partners and members of the UNSG’s High-Level Panel. The project looks like a great idea, but some researchers are still skeptical about the real relevance of this process.

Health for everyone
Researchers and policy-makers from 194 countries discuss in the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research the actual situation of national health systems and the possible innovations that facilitate progress towards universal health coverage. Brazilian experts presents the advances made in SUS (Unified Health System) and debates about the access to medicines in Latin America. 

Health in videos
Film contest promoted by the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research selected movies about health and health systems from many countries. The videos, mostly made by researches, show how different cultural contexts can directly affect health systems and serves as an example of how creativity can be used to show scientific studies. 


TELINFORMA (Mozambique)

Universalização da cobertura sanitária em debate no 2/o simpósio global

Universalização da cobertura sanitária requer reformas consentâneas

“Agentes informais” nivelam o fosso em zonas sem rede sanitaria

Universalização da cobertura sanitária meta social inclusive 


News Agency Efe (Spain)

Yahoo news en español

Lecciones de BRICS abren II Simposio Mundial en Investigación Sistemas Salud

Expertas destacan la necesidad de cobertura universal de la salud en A.Latina


La Cobertura Universal de Salud es participativa y sostenible

La Cobertura Universal de Salud es participativa y sostenible, dicen expertos

Semanario Búsqueda (Uraguay weekly newspaper)

Research on health systems is to “help societies organize themselves” and necessary to evaluate the success of policies

“When there is a lack of evidence and information the risk of failing is huge, because it can lead to the misinterpretation of reality”, according to a health policy specialist.This story explains the importance of using information to create and define health policies and how to promote research and set it as a priority. Issues like equity and universal health coverage are also adressed. This article contains the opinions of: Tim Evans, Abdul Ghaffar, Irene Agyepong, Sharmila Mhatre, Jeanette Vega, Minquan Liu, John Arne Rottingen and Daniel Maceira. Also contains information given by Harvard University and the WHO.

Read the full article in Spanish

Access to quality health for the whole population is a “moving target” due to the advancement of new technologies and services

This is the title of the interview with the health economist of the WHO, Joseph Kutzin. Kutzin talks about policies that work and those that don’t, universal health coverage as a never ending duty, policies in low income and high income countries, the importance of using information on policies and the often complicated relationship between private health institutions and governments. 

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Increasingly more drugs at very high costs will enter the market aimed at treating very specific and rare diseases

This is an interview with Kalipso Chalkidou, director of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence of the United Kingdom done in Beijing during the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.
Chalkidou gives opinions on several topics regarding pharmaceutical policies, pressure for funding, academic research and its relationship with governments, science based decisions and opinion based decisions, and challenges in the development of new drugs.
In end of life decisions, “opinion becomes important again”, said Chalkidou.

Read the full article in Spanish

Low knowledge production in Latin America and Africa

This article is about the main findings of a study released during the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research regarding low investment in research on social determinants of health. This analysis (done by Universidad de Colombia, Ifakara Health Institute, the Council on Health Research of Development, among other institutions) included six countries: Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Kenia and Tanzania. It claims that Brazil is the Latin American country that has achieved more research capacity on these topics based on its own funding, while Africa still depends on resources from outside the countries and political decisions.

Read the full article in Spanish


A Symposium report from the HLSP Institute’s Health and development global update

Center for Global Development Global Health Policy newsletter


Listserve announcements and tweets

Symposium twitter hashtag

Equity, Health & Human Development EQUIDAD@LISTSERV.PAHO.ORG (60,000 members) (30,000 members)

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (

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