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15 December 2014

Complexity sessions at HSR 2014: What key questions were raised?

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Marta Schaaf It is now widely acknowledged within the HSR community that health systems are complex adaptive systems. Indeed, the concept of “people-centered health systems” highlights that as institutions with people at the center, health systems are inevitably shaped by the self-organization o...

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08 December 2014

Preparing for the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Vancouver 2016

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Don Sutherland The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) asked me to travel to Cape Town, South Africa for the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research shortly after learning that it had been chosen as the local host organisation for the Fourth Global Symposium , to be held in Va...

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05 December 2014

How can governance, decision-making and health worker performance be improved in decentralised health systems?

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Sally Theobald What decision space do health service managers have, and what affects this? How can support and mentoring help managers to better use their decision space? How can good practice be shared to improve decentralised governance structures more widely? These are some of the questions discu...

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01 December 2014

The need for a “health systems voice” – examples from the HIV community

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Ida Sperle Today is World AIDS Day - an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the HIV response and support people living with HIV as well as remember the many lives lost. For the last two years, the European HIV testing week has taken place in the week prior to World AIDS Day. Last week (22 N...

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26 November 2014

Researchers, health providers and policy-makers are not immune to weak health systems

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Martin Muhire  Weeks have passed since the Cape Town statement from the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research .  I attended the symposium as an Emerging Voice for global health, an initiative of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium, and a vision of Prof Van Damme...

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