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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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03 October 2014

Congrats to winners of Health Systems Social Media Awards – and reflections on why these voices matter

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Jeffrey V. Lazarus Tim France The presentation of the first-ever Health Systems Social Media Awards at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research provided a few light moments after some intense days of sessions, meetings and other health systems-focused activities. As the winners were ann...

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02 October 2014

An Angkorian perspective on complexity

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Maryam Bigdeli Jayavarman VII, King of the Khmer Empire during the XIIth century, pictured here in meditation, ordered the construction of 102 ‘halls of diseaselessness’ ( arogyasala ) (1). These 'hospitals' existed since the reign of Yashovarman I but it is Jayavarman VII who is credited for in...

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01 October 2014

Save a spot on the floor for us! Cape Town symposium jottings from the HSG secretariat

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Jeffrey V. Lazarus You could say that the exciting pre-symposium events this past Monday and Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa brought people to the edges of their seats – in fact the very high turnout meant that some folks even watched from seats on the floor. As the Health Systems Global secret...

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