Emerging Voices for Global Health

EV4GH is a multi-partner blended training programme for young, promising and emerging health policy and systems researchers, decision-makers and other health system professionals with an interest in becoming influential global health voices and local change-makers.

About the TWG

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Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) started as an innovative multi-partner blended training program that was held in line with past editions of­ Global Symposia on Health Systems research organized by Health Systems Global and other global health stakeholders. The EV4GH programme includes face-to-face training and virtual training components, for young, promising and emerging health policy & systems researchers, decision-makers and other health system professionals with an interest in becoming influential global health voices and/or local change makers, particularly in LMICs.

The EV4GH training has two main components: a distance coaching phase which runs on email discussion groups as well as on an online learning management system designed for this training and a face-to-face phase which usually takes place within a university setting located near the venue of the global health event. Post-symposia activities focus on strengthening the EV4GH network, further ‘Emerging’ (including via mentorship), facilitation of EVs’ roles as local change agents and global health voices. 

In 2016, continuing with the tradition of partnering with a significant health systems research symposium, we shall be having a new edition of EV4GH in close association and partnership with the 4th Global Symposium on health systems research in Vancouver, organised by Health Systems Global.

Recently, EV4GH has reconfigured itself with a globally representative elected governance board and a new secretariat based at the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore (IPH). Several reputed partner institutions such as Institute of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine – Antwerp, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, Peking University, and Public Health Foundation of India support the EV4GH venture.


The objectives of the EV4GH Working group are to:

  • Facilitate, support and transform young researchers, decision makers and professionals into global health advocates and local change-agents and facilitate/contribute to positive change at global, regional, national and local levels

  • Engage in inter-symposia events open to all young HPSR researchers and boost synergies from EV alumni from different cohorts

  • Collaborate with other young global health groups with the aim to strengthen the young researchers network

Key activities of the TWG

The EV4GH thematic working group activities include organising EV4GH events at global health conferences, hosting webinars, arranging young researcher workshops, and Google Group discussions.

The EV4GH TWG group is managed by the EV4GH Governance committee (comprising 7 EV alumni from different WHO regions, and two liaison members) and the Secretariat.

The EV4GH alumni publish on a regular basis, both as part of their own PhDs and contributing to global health and HPSR blogs, including the International Health Policies blog and BMJ blogs, among others. 

Group facilitators

  • Pragati Hebbar

    Secretary to the Thematic Working Group
  • Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Prashanth N S

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Vladimir S. Gordeev

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Kristof Decoster

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Kopano Mabaso

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Jin Xu

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Sara Ardila-Gómez

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Lokossou Virgil

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Faraz Khalid

    EV Governance Board Member
  • Laura Dean

    Coordinator for EV2018

Get involved

Please contact the EV4GH Secretariat (currently located at Institute of Public Health, Bangalore and accessible through email (ev4gh(at)iphindia.org) if you would like to get involved.

We also welcome you to join our EV4GH Google group. The admission to the Google group is by invitation by an existing member of the group. Write to ev4gh(at)iphindia.org with a few-lines bio of yourself and why you would like to be a member of EV4GH group and we will be happy to introduce you into the group.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest updates from the EV4GH team.

For more information, please visit, www.ev4gh.net

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