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15 January 2015

Fourth Global Symposium - Theme

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As we start business in 2015, it is time to start planning for the next Global Symposium – to be held in Vancouver, November 2016. Each past Symposium has had a specific theme which has helped to: focus attention guide/direct overall programme development – including abstract selection steer and...

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12 January 2015

Decentralization in India: Two Sides of the Coin

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Shreelata Rao Seshadri Within the overall theme of people-centered health systems, one of the key issues discussed at the recent Global Symposium on Health Systems Research was the issue of improving community health worker (CHW) performance in the context of decentralized health systems. 1  Th...

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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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