SYMPOSIUM News

  • Competition winners

    Did you know that two exciting competitions ran throughout the Symposium? One was for poster presenters and the other for social media awards.

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  • Research and film

    Two exciting sessions during the Symposium showcased the ways in which the medium of film can be used as a tool for generating understanding, for skills building and for allowing reflection, in support of research, teaching and knowledge translation. As communication in a digital age is changing rapidly, the aim was to encourage researchers to find innovative ways to use this potentially powerful tool.

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  • National Health Insurance: struggling to be born

    Ground Up. Published: 6 October 2014

    South Africa’s bid to provide universal health care through National Health Insurance (NHI) could fail if government does not learn lessons from other countries, a conference heard last week.

    Source: http://www.groundup.org.za/article/national-health-insurance-struggling-be-born_2322

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  • First press stories

    Here are first stories from press colleagues. More to follow:

     

    Mail & Guardian (SA) – Comment: Health Systems Innovation is the path to better health

    http://mg.co.za/article/2014-09-26-health-systems-innovation-is-the-path-to-better-health

     

    SABC Radio News (SA) – Matsoso praises SA team in fight against Ebola

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  • Recognizing research paradigms: Session summary

    Recognizing research paradigms, methods and impact for people-centred health systems Plenary session at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Cape Town, 2 October 2014

    Let us not ‘harness’ people to the cart – let us enable them to drive it. Dr René Loewenson, Zimbabwe

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  • Recognizing research paradigms: Session summary continued

    Recognizing research paradigms, methods and impact for people-centred health systems – panel discussion

    Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Cape Town, 2 October 2014

    Following presentations by James Macinko and Rene Loewenson, session chair Barbara McPake opened a discussion with panellists Bruno Marchal, Clara Mbwili-Muleya, Kumanan Rasanathan using a variety of questions received through Twitter and from the floor.

     

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  • Cape Town Statement

    The Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research on the science and practice of people-centred health systems ended this afternoon with a call to move forward in the spirit of discussions over the past week.

    Sara Bennett, the new chair of Health Systems Global, read the Cape Town Statement.

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  • People centredness in complex health systems: Session summary

    Care must be provided according to need and not the ability to pay.

    Prof Kausar Khan, Pakistan

     

    We don’t want the ‘PC’ of ‘people-centredness’ to signify ‘political correctness’.

    Prof Gita Sen, USA

     

    There are people in the centre – but not the right people!

    Prof Martin McKee, UK

     

    Colombia now spends $600 per capita per year for health.

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  • Watch the plenaries live or later

    Plenary sessions from the Symposium are webcast: see here for descriptions and links.

    A recorded version of each session will be posted here the following day.

    Come back soon to see the exciting opening session on Governance and health in Africa.

     

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  • Governance and health in Africa: Session summary

    Governance and health in Africa:

    Pan-African perspectives on state stewardship for people’s health

    Opening plenary, 30 September 2014

     

    Session Chair Sisonke Msimang – writer and activist in the terrain of HIV, gender, democracy and governance – distilled key outtakes from the facilitated conversation on structural and rights-based health delivery in Africa as:

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