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HSR2016 Editorial: International Journal of Health Governance

International Journal of Health Governance, Vol. 22 Issue 1, pp. 2 – 4, By David Birnbaum and Michael Decker, 2017

Every year, the journal’s editors attend regional, national, and international conferences where we interact with authors of interesting work. We look for opportunities to bring the best of that work to the attention of our readers by encouraging those authors to consider publishing with us. Read more…


3 questions for rolling out the next generation of HIV prevention

Devex, By Neeraja Bhavaraju, Dec 01, 2016

Hope that we can end the HIV epidemic in our lifetime is moving closer with the introduction of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis and other new innovations. These products offer incredible protection alongside the traditional methods of condom use and behavior change for those who are HIV negative. They are revolutionary for women and girls, who are at growing risk for HIV infection and have never had a prevention method that they could control. Read more…


Agreement in Vancouver: Strong Health Systems Can Protect the Poor and Promote Equity

Management Sciences for Health, Global Health Impact Blog, By Jordan Coriza, Nov 30, 2016

Strong health systems can protect the poor and promote equity. That was the resounding main message at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, held in Vancouver, Canada, just a few weeks ago. Read more…


Should Canada focus on antimicorbial resistance?

Canadian Association Medical Journal, By Paul Webster, Nov 28, 2016

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research’s new global health research guru wants Ottawa to put antimicrobial resistance on its list of foreign-aid research priorities. Speaking in Vancouver on Nov. 15 at Health Systems Research 2016, a biennial conference that attracted 2000 delegates from 101 countries, Steven Hoffman, scientific director of CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health, said controlling antimicrobial resistance internationally is a “marquee issue” Canadian researchers should champion. Read more…


Connecting Research And Policy To Strengthen Health Systems

Huffington Post, Development Unplugged, By Alain Beaudet, Nov 24, 2016

It was a pleasure to take part in the recent Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver. It was equally heartening to see how researchers and policy makers in global health are becoming more and more interconnected — which is vital to its continued success and growth. These connections between research and policy are essential to strengthen health systems in an evidence-based fashion. Read more…


PAHO calls on region to strengthen health systems

The NY Carib News, Nov 23, 2016

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called on Caribbean countries to take action and make the necessary investments to make their health systems stronger and more resilient. Read more…


Social Enterprise Models To Improve Women’s Livelihoods And Health In Africa

Huffington Post, Development Unplugged, By Jenipher Twebaze Musoke and Kevin McKague, Nov 22, 2016

Community health workers plan an important role in reducing maternal and child mortality, but as international researchers in the field, our experience shows that much more can be done to support them. Read more…


Uganda: Responsive Health Systems

AllAfrica, The Independant (Kampala), By Moses Mulumba, Nov 21, 2016

Experts met this week for the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in the beautiful Canadian city of Vancouver. This particular symposium theme was built around resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world. Simply put, on the one hand, health systems must be resilient in ways that enable them to absorb shocks and sustain gains and on the other hand, the systems should be responsive by anticipating change, respecting rights, and engaging politics. Read more…


PAHO wants Caribbean to make health systems stronger

Jamaica Observer, Nov 20, 2016

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called on Caribbean countries to take action and make the necessary investments to make their health systems stronger and more resilient. “Preparedness requires more than emergency plans and simulation exercises,” said PAHO director Dominican Dr Carissa F Etienne in addressing the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research here. Read more…


What does UHC cost and who will pay?

Devex, By David Collins and Jean Kagubare, Nov 18, 2016

As finance advisers in global health, we are regularly in conversations with health ministers in low- and middle-income countries who have been charged with the commendable but daunting task of achieving universal health coverage for their citizens. Read more…


Listen To Community Health Workers To Strengthen Health Systems

Huffington Post, Development Unplugged, By Lilian Otiso and Kate Hawkins, Nov 18, 2016

Surely it is high time to “go to the community and just listen. Shut up your mouth, and then unlearn the bad habits that medical school taught you, like your elitism.” These are the wise words of Penina Ocholla of the Great Lakes University of Kisumu at the USAID SQALE Symposium. Read more…


Making health systems resilient to changing needs and threats must be a top priority, says PAHO Director

ReliefWeb, by PAHO, Nov 16, 2016

One of the most critical lessons of the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa was that weak health systems—those that cannot meet people’s health needs in normal times—cannot cope effectively with epidemics or other health emergencies, said the Director of Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, at the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, in Vancouver, Canada. Read More…


Making health systems research work: time to shift funding to locally-led research in the South

The Lancet, Comment, By Amalia Hasnidaemail, Robert A Borst, Anneke M Johnson, Nada R Rahmani, and Sabine van Esland, Maarten O Kok, Nov 16, 2016

This week, the global health systems research community is gathered in Vancouver, Canada, for the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. The current movement for health systems research developed out of a need to strengthen health systems in low-income and middle-income countries. More than 25 years ago, the Commission on Health Research for Development published a report that represented a pivotal change in thinking about health research for development. Read more…


 As we all live longer, the world needs a health system revolution to cope with ageing patients

The Conversation, By Onil Bhattacharyya, Nov 17, 2016

All over the world, people are living longer. A large part of this is due to improved treatment for illness; we can see this in the reduction in death rates from cardiovascular disease and the 32% reduction in mortality from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease worldwide in the past 20 years. Read more…


Health systems research is critical to tackle the global burden of disease

Devex, By Adnan Hyder, Nov 15, 2016

While Ebola, Zika and malaria often occupy current headlines, deaths from noncommunicable diseases are rising rapidly, especially in developing countries with few resources and minimal experience to deliver an effective public health response. Low- and middle-income countries share 86 percent of the world’s burden of NCDs, and the World Health Organization projects that by 2030, NCDs will be the number one killer in LMICs. Read more…


 Global health system researchers meet in Vancouver to share ideas on fixing problems in low income countries

Vancouver Sun, By Pamela Fayerman, Nov 15, 2011

More than 2,000 global health experts are in Vancouver this week sharing research and ideas about how to improve access to care, especially to disadvantaged populations and in low income countries with fragile, disorganized health systems. Read more…


Youth Breaking Boundaries: Canadian Priorities For Global Health

Huffington Post, Development Unplugged, By Nicola Toffelmire & Annalise Mathers, Nov 14, 2016

Global health transcends boundaries. But it also transcends domains and disciplines of practice. The field of global health is drawing an increasingly diverse group of Canadian young people who have a wide range of interdisciplinary experience, backgrounds, and interests. Youth are highly attuned to the critical need for forming authentic and inclusive partnerships around the world to promote resilient and responsive health systems. Read more…


How can we achieve health care beyond borders?

The Lancet, Global Health Blog, By Azusa Sato, Nov 11, 2016

What governments and other actors are physically able to provide within their own borders is often of little use to mobile populations once they leave their home countries. It is natural for policy makers to provide for their citizens first before thinking of non-citizens, but how can countries provide health care to a migrant population? Read more…


Bridging The Humanitarian-Development Divide In The Health Sector

Huffington Post, Development Unplugged, By Emre Özaltın, Ziad Obermeyer, and Aaka Pande, Nov 8, 2016

The bloody civil wars that wracked Sierra Leone and Liberia in the 1990s did more than kill hundreds of thousands over the course of a decade. They also decimated the health systems of both countries, setting the stage for the rapid spread of Ebola and threatening global health security. Read more…


 Seeking Resilient Health Systems

Agenda magazine, Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health, Fall 2016, 

Making modern health systems more resilient and responsive is the focus of the November 14–18 Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, led by Sara Bennett, associate director of the Bloomberg School’s Health Systems Program and chair of the Health Systems Global Board. Read more…


 Achieve Real Gender Equality For Adolescent Health

Huffington Post, Development Unplugged, By Ayah Nayfeh and Montasser Kamal, Nov 3, 2016

The world is currently home to the largest number of youth (aged 10 to 24) to have ever reached reproductive age in history. Unfortunately the social, economic and environmental realities for these 1.2 billion adolescents mean that they are among the most marginalized and excluded people the world has ever seen. Read more…


 How An Impatient Doctor Got Passionate About Health Systems

Huffington Post, Development Unplugged, By Christina Zarowsky, Nov 1, 2016

I was asked recently to talk to first year University of Montreal medical students about global health, in one of their mandatory expand-your-horizons classes. I decided to take the bull by the horns and be pretty in-your-face with these young, smart, keen, skeptical would-be doctors, and talk about health systems. Groan. Boring. Or not. Read more…


Only a bottom-up approach will deliver global health development targets

The Conversation Africa, By Karen Daniels, Aku Kwamie and Fadi El-Jardali, Oct 19, 2016

There is an urgent need to put together a coherent goal-readiness plan to drive the sustainable development goals related to health. To succeed it needs to address three critical elements: how the goals will be financed, what health systems need to be established and how new skills, new thinking, and new ways of working together across systems can be developed. Read More…


Healthcare innovations won’t cure global health inequality – political action will

The Guardian, Global Development, By Ben Ramalingam, Oct 9, 2016

The science fiction author William Gibson famously quipped the future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed. There is arguably no greater manifestation of our uneven world than that of healthcare. In the wealthiest countries, thousands of people in their 60s and 70s are kept alive with cardiac pacemakers that are remotely monitored over the internet, and adjusted by algorithms with no human intervention. In poorer states, three-quarters of a million children under five are dying each year because of shit in their water. Read more…


Privilege and inclusivity in shaping Global Health agendas

Health Policy and Planning, Editorial, By Kabir Sheikh,  Sara C Bennett, Fadi el Jardali and George Gotsadze, Sept 28, 2016

Northern voices dominate Global Health discussions. Of recent Lancet Commissions, excluding representatives from international organizations, 70% of commissioners on the Women and Health commission came from the global North, and likewise, 71% of the Health and Climate Change commission, 72% of the Global Surgery commission and 73% of the Global Health commission (Lancet 2016). Only two out of the 16-member Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities of Global Health come from the global South (CUGH 2016). No current or past president and only one current member of the World Health Summit’s scientific committee is from the global South (WHS 2016). Only one of the 17 advisory board members of the journal Global Health Governance is based in a low/middle income country (LMIC) institution (GHG 2016). Read more…


Investing in ​​health is not​ cheap, but it is not a luxury either

The Guardian, Global Development, By Sara Bennett and Edward Kelley, May 25, 2016

While Ebola, Zika and yellow fever may seem like distant threats to most people living in the developed world, the lessons from these global crises should resonate across health services in all countries. At the G7 meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan, and the world health assembly in Geneva this week, world leaders and health policymakers have a prime opportunity to take action. They need to lead the way in shaping health systems that can cope with both public health emergencies and the longer-term challenges of ensuring access to affordable health services for all. Read more…

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