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Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
Montreux, Switzerland
16-19 November: 

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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 ( ) in November in Montreux, Switzerland.

Julie N Reza

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