Did you know that two exciting competitions ran throughout the Symposium? One was for poster presenters and the other for social media awards.
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.
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.
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
SABC Radio News (SA) – Matsoso praises SA team in fight against Ebola
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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”.