Symposium on Health Systems Research in Canada
15 December 2016
Under the theme “Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world” the fourth global symposium on Health Systems Research took place in Vancouver, Canada from November 14-18, 2016.
The symposium brought together researchers, policy-makers and implementers from around the world to share knowledge and strengthen health systems. It offered the opportunity to present the WOTRO/NWO funded ‘Accelerate Project’. This project aims to accelerate progress towards attainment of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Ghana through basic health systems function strengthening.
The Accelerate Project is a collaboration between the Ghana Health Service, the University of Ghana, Wageningen University and Research Center, and Julius Global Health. The contribution of the Accelerate Project to both capacity building and health systems strengthening for Ghana was presented by Assoc. Prof. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch in a NWO/ WOTRO Science for Global Development organized session on the impact and lessons learned from the Global Health Policy and Health Systems research programme.
Satellite session organized by West African Network of Emerging Leaders (WANEL)
Members of WANEL, many of whom are part of the Accelerate Project, organized a satellite session on evidence-generation and innovation in health systems research. The session aimed at linking health policy to improvements in maternal and newborn health outcomes. Two panels featured the perspectives of emerging practitioners, policy-makers and researchers: What does it mean to work in health policy and health systems in West Africa?
Emerging voices for Global Health
Accelerate Project representation was linked to the 2-day pre-conference symposium ‘Emerging Voices for Global Health’ that focused on global health agenda setting and the contribution of power and privilege to global health system strengthening to which Dr. Mary Amoakoh-Coleman, Dr. Matilda Aku-Aborese and Dr. Aku Kwamie were invited. A conference presentation was given by Augustina Koduah on power and networks of influence in health sector governance in Ghana. Hannah Brown Amoakoh presented the first results on the use of a mhealth intervention to support decision-making regarding maternal and child health.