In September 2014, the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, focusing on people-centred health systems. The symposium has become an essential venue for researchers, policy-makers, funders and implementers to work together and address current and critical health systems concerns across countries in all parts of the world.
For researchers from the Health Economics and Systems Analysis (HESA) group based in the Department of Global Health and Development and their collaborators, the Symposium provides an important opportunity to showcase emerging findings and innovative research techniques. Three research partnerships that involve HESA members and collaborators will hold organised sessions: Resilient and Responsive Health Systems Consortium (RESYST), the Consortium for Health Policy & Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) and Universal Coverage in Tanzania and South Africa research consortium (UNITAS).
One theme running through several sessions is that of leadership and governance. RESYST and UNITAS will focus on decision-making within the system and how health managers can implement change in accountable ways; whist CHEPSAA addresses the issue of how to develop the leadership capabilities of the future Health Policy and Systems researchers, who will do research in collaboration with managers.
We look forward to seeing those of you who attend the Global Symposium at some of the sessions, and hope that you will participate in what promises to be both exciting and inspiring discussions.
We will be hosting drinks for alumni and friends on 1 October, you can register for the alumni drinks here.