What can we learn about resilience from a female health worker in Bihar, India?

By Arshima Arshima I met Priyanka in the summer of 2014, when I was visiting Bihar in India as part of my PhD fieldwork to study India’s Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) programme. Priyanka was a community health worker from a poor, yet upper caste household. Through her I began to better understand the social challenges facing community health workers, and …

Visa headaches and inequalities in attending global health conferences

By Faraz Khalid, Sara Ardila-Gómez, and Kerry Scott Enthusiastic preparations are underway for the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, which is to be held in Vancouver on 14-18 November 2016. This year’s symposium will bring together over 2000 delegates from around the world. As part of the Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) program, we are thrilled that the …

What can we learn about managing chronic communicable diseases to tackle NCDs?

By Juliet Aweko Health systems across the world are being challenged by existing and emerging communicable diseases, such as Zika and Ebola, as well as the increase in chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like diabetes and cancer. Staggeringly, NCDs represent the single largest cause of mortality and morbidity in adults. So, is there anything we can learn to from the management …

Using Latin American experiences to strengthen health systems

By Angelica Ullauri As an Ecuadorian I have witnessed how discrimination against indigenous communities leaves people at the margins of the health system. The creation of an intercultural health system presents a powerful tool with the potential to address this social divide. It is encouraging to see traditional midwives walk in hospital hallways, sharing a space that used to be limited …

Resilience should not be the primary objective of a health system

By Angela Y. Chang, Doctoral candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Given the tendency of the health systems research field to adopt one or two buzzwords every few years (the last one being ‘universal health coverage’), it did not come to me as a surprise when the largest gathering in the health systems community also adopted this keyword (see …