Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
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Given this forum's interest in health systems, you may want to register or
follow the proceedings of the first Global Symposium on Health Systems
Research, being held 16-19 November in Montreux, Switzerland. This symposium is
being organized by the World Health Organization; the Special Programme for
Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR); the Alliance for Health
Policy and Systems Research; the Special Programme of Research, Development and
Research Training in Human Reproductive Health (HRP); and the Global Forum for
Health Research, and sponsored by numerous other global partners.
This first symposium is dedicated to improving the scientific evidence needed
by health policy-makers and practitioners to inform their decisions related to
accelerating universal health coverage. Achieving and sustaining universal
coverage requires attention to a broad range of issues that are central to
health systems performance. This includes drawing on the six interdependent
health system building blocks - finance, workforce, services, technologies,
information, and governance - and understanding how policies and programmes
from within and beyond the health sector can be developed and implemented
effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
You may also be aware that implementation research (IR) is a growing and
necessary field to help scale up new services and interventions. TDR is leading
a new initiative on the use of IR to increase access to these improved tools
against infectious diseases and map existing and new strategies. Nearly 70
researchers, implementers, scientists and representatives from Product
Development Partnerships (PDPs) attended a June consultation in Uganda, which
centred on a planned report identifying gaps and priorities in implementation
research into diseases of poverty.
For more information on this initiative and the report, go to
The report will be presented at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems
Research (http://www.hsr-symposium.org/ ) in November in Montreux, Switzerland.
Julie N Reza