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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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  • 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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  • Official Opening: Session summary

    While governments hesitate to invest in strong, well-functioning health systems, it takes a tragedy like the unfolding ebola outbreak to reveal the consequences of poor health systems, said Irene Agyepong, Chair of Health Systems Global, in her address at the official opening of the Symposium – which she described as “another landmark in the history of health policy and systems research”.   

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