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Information posted on this website is only the start of preparations for and reporting on the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Potential presenters and participants are already active on social media. Why not join them and help us reach out to others who should be part of the health systems research community, especially given the Symposium’s focus on people-centred health systems.

Health Systems Global, the international membership society at the centre of the Symposium, is leading social media activities. A series of blogs will shortly be underway and you can already join the discussions on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Keep up to date on what’s happening, who’s taking part, who’s saying what …

What does a people-centred health system mean to you?


Two sessions within the Symposium programme will be devoted to multimedia communication, including film. We are looking for original films that innovatively share knowledge on the four Symposium themes:

  1. People-centred health systems and how to strengthen systems to promote greater responsiveness, better health, human rights and social justice;
  2. Innovative research approaches and measures for generating systematic and rigorous knowledge of, and engaging people in action towards, people-centred health systems;
  3. Novel strategies for developing the capacities needed to conduct people-centred health policy and systems research, covering formal teaching programmes and broader capacity-development initiatives;
  4. Original experience of learning communities and knowledge translation platforms engaged in strengthening health systems.

For full details on submission, click here


The Opening Plenary of the Symposium on 30 September 2014 will have an African focus – and its theme is governance and health in Africa. As part of the opening ceremony we would like to feature different voices from the African continent and provide African stakeholders with an opportunity to share their perspective on the Symposium theme: the science and practice of people-centred health systems.

We therefore hope to share video clips of individuals who represent a critical constituency from the African continent. These could be, for example, health workers, researchers, community members, users of the health service who would each answer three questions (in their own language):

  1. What is your name?
  2. How are you involved in the health system?
  3. What does a people-centred health system mean to you?

Depending on the volume and quality of material received, we hope to project the clips at other moments during the Symposium and also to post them on the website.

For full details on the project (obtaining informed consent, recording an interview, sharing the file), contact Nikki Schaay or Helen Schneider, on behalf of the South African Local Organizing Committee.

Email: schaay at or hschneider at
Tel: +27 21 959 2132/2809

Page updated: 13 June 2014