Oct 02 2014
Celebrating African Health Leaders at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research by Jim Rice

Wednesday evening was spent celebrating the work and vision of African Leaders driving for stronger health systems and greater health outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa. After a day of thought provoking sessions at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Lord Nigel Crisp, Former Chief Executive of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS)  and Dr. Francis Omaswa, Executive Director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), launched their new book, ...

Oct 02 2014
Patient-Centered and Integrated Services (PCIS): Is it Primary Health Care (PHC) by another name? by

This morning, October 1, 2014, a panel that was moderated by Edward Kelley, Director for Service Delivery and Safety at the WHO, introduced and explored the rationale and strategic directions outlined in a new WHO strategy on People-Centered and Integrated Health Services. The strategy outlines four core priorities for health systems: empowering users and population groups; strengthening engagement and accountability; coordinating services and setting and implementing system priorities. The...

Oct 02 2014
The Health System Belongs to the Whole Community by

At the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, the theme of improving health outcomes permeates discussions around data, prevalence, coverage rates and policy. The theme of the week is the “science and practice of people-centered health systems”. Questions have been posed, to be fleshed out over the next three days. What does “people-centered” mean to those working on the frontlines? And what are the actionable implications of the widely agreed upon right to health?

Oct 01 2014
Governance and Health in Africa: Voices from the Opening Plenary by Sarah Lindsay

The Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research is being held this week in Cape Town, South Africa with the theme "Science and Practice of People-Centered Health Centers." The conference is holding over 100 plenary sessions, film conversations, posters, book launches, and interactive panels. It kicked off this evening with the opening plenary, Governance and Health in Africa: Pan-African perspectives on state...