News & Commentary

03 November 2014

Ebola emerges in fragile states: another ‘wake- up’ call for action on health systems in conflict affected states?

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Suzanne Fustukian Karen Cavanaugh In 2013 World Bank President Jim Kim stated that the lack of progress for many fragile states:  “s hould be a wake-up call to the global community not to dismiss these countries as lost causes,”  and that “ timely and critical support [is needed] to ...

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31 October 2014

Visualizing social media at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

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Mariam Bhacker Jeffrey V. Lazarus Health Systems Global and the health systems research community have come a long way since Beijing. Our numbers have grown, the thematic working groups are hitting their stride, and despite a few hiccups with the Internet connection in Cape Town, online coverage of ...

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23 October 2014

Why passion has a place at a health systems symposium: reflections on Cape Town 2014

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Dina Balabanova Jeffrey V. Lazarus   Passion. It is not a word that is used often in the health systems discourse, and it may be the last word that people outside of health systems circles would associate with our work. But passion is what indeed emerged throughout the recent Third Global Sympo...

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20 October 2014

What we learned when we asked #HSR2014 participants about people-centered health systems

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Amanda Makulec Anne LaFond The theme of the Third Global Health Systems Research Symposium was the science and practice of people-centered health systems. But what do we mean when we say “people-centered”? What seems straightforward can actually be quite complex. The people at the center of the ...

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06 October 2014

To make people centred health systems a reality all Thematic Working Groups need to extend their focus to include Fragile and Conflict Affected Contexts

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Sally Theobald There are currently 9 Health Systems Global endorsed Thematic Working Groups (TWGs). HSG board member, Sara Bennett , and the very able but slim TWG secretariat – Jeff Lazarus and Ida Sperle – encouraged TWGs to seize strategic opportunities to work collaboratively and maximise st...

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