Emerging Voices for Global Health at HSR2016
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Emerging Voices

The Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) Thematic Working Group (TWG) started as an innovative multi-partner blended training program that was held in line with previous Global Symposia on Health Systems Research.

EV4GH works with 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/or local change makers, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

 

The EV4GH training has two main components: a distance coaching phase and a face-to-face phase (which usually takes place in advance of the Global Symposia). Post-Symposia activities focus on strengthening the EV4GH network, further ‘Emerging’ (including via mentorship), and facilitating Emerging Voices’ (EV) as local change agents and global health voices.

In 2015, EV4GH reconfigured itself with a globally representative elected governance board and a new secretariat based at the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore (IPH). EV4GH is supported by several reputed partner institutions such as the Institute of Public Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Institute of Tropical Medicine – Antwerp, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, Peking University, and Public Health Foundation of India.

Objectives

  • 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

The EV4GH TWG activities include organizing EV4GH events at global health conferences, hosting webinars, arranging young researcher workshops, and Google Group discussions. 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 and BMJ blogs, among others. EV4GH also helps EV alumni to find their place in the broader HSG community: several EV4GH alumni have taken up key roles in other HSG TWGs in recent years. EV alumni are active in regional HSG chapters and regional HPSR networks.

News and views

News and views

Access the latest blog posts and news items from the EV4GH TWG.

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Facilitators

Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson

Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson

Governance Board Chair and representing the African Region

Vladimir S. Gordeev

Vladimir S. Gordeev

Governance Board Co-Chair and representing the European Region

Sara Ardila-Gómez

Sara Ardila-Gómez

Governance Board Co-Chair and representing the Region of the Americas

Faraz Khalid

Faraz Khalid

Governance Board member and representing the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Jean Paul Dossou

Jean Paul Dossou

Governance Board member and representing the African Region

Beibei Yuan

Beibei Yuan

Governance Board member and representing the Western Pacific Region

Radhika Arora

Radhika Arora

Governance Board memberand representing the South-East Asian Region

Kristof Decoster

Kristof Decoster

Governance Board member, Institute of Tropical Medicine liaison

Prashanth N S

Prashanth N S

Governance Board member, Institute of Public Health, India liaison

Goran Zangana

Goran Zangana

Governance Board member, Dubai Co-ordinator

Nityasri S.N.

Nityasri S.N.

Emerging Voices Secretary

Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson

Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson

Governance Board Chair and representing the African Region

Dorcus is passionate about creating opportunities for young professionals. One of her desires is to see meaningful engagement of young professionals and women with global health and promoting primary health care for the achievement of universal health coverage. As one of the women in Global Health Sweden, Dorcus continues to promote visibility and recognition of women as leaders and experts in global health. She started her career as a medical officer in rural Uganda and headed a district health system. She has worked within HIV care, capacity building, health management, primary health care, maternal, newborn and child health, research and health systems. She has experience with multilateral and bilateral organisation, governments and within academia and holds a doctoral degree in International Health.

Vladimir S. Gordeev

Vladimir S. Gordeev

Governance Board Co-Chair and representing the European Region

Dr Vladimir S Gordeev is a Senior Health Economist at the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit, Queen Mary University of London. He is also an honorary Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he has been working since 2013. Vladimir has a diverse background, as a medical doctor and a health economist, his expertise is in health systems financing, financial and social protection, quality of life measures, and economic and policy evaluation. Vladimir is a co-chair of the Emerging Voices for Global Health Thematic Working Group and a member of a board of directors for Health Systems Global, representing the European region in both.

Sara Ardila-Gómez

Sara Ardila-Gómez

Governance Board Co-Chair and representing the Region of the Americas

Sara is a psychologist, with a MA in Social and Community Psychology and a PhD in Community Mental Health. She was born in Colombia and lives in Argentina. She is currently working in different research projects about the psychiatric reform in Argentina and Latin America, with special attention to the mental health users’ movement.

Faraz Khalid

Faraz Khalid

Governance Board member and representing the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Faraz Khalid is an EV4GH Governance Board Member, representing the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Jean Paul Dossou

Jean Paul Dossou

Governance Board member and representing the African Region

Jean-Paul Dossou (EV2012) is a medical doctor and public heath scientist from Benin. He is currently involved in a PhD program and is jointly affiliated to ITM and CERRHUD. He currently chairs the West-African Network of Emerging Leaders in health policy and systems. His current research interests are related to sexual and reproductive health mainly from the health policy and system research and practice perspectives. He passionate about health system thinking and other methodologies and approaches to design, study and evaluate complex interventions and policies, from initiation and implementation to impact. “Collective Intelligence” and “Collaborative Governance” drive his professional creativity for better health.

Beibei Yuan

Beibei Yuan

Governance Board member and representing the Western Pacific Region

Beibei Yuan continued the research on evidence-based method in the areas of health system and policies, including development of appropriate methodology on evidence synthesis, conducting of systematic reviews on specific health system and policy research topics. She also has experience in teaching the courses related to systematic review or evidence synthesis. She is the also the expert member of WHO Alliance Health Systems Research Synthesis Advisory Group, expert member of China Delegation for World Health Assembly on the areas of WHO financing and Universal Health Coverage, and the committee member of China Young Scholars Federation of Health Management Researches.

Radhika Arora

Radhika Arora

Governance Board memberand representing the South-East Asian Region

Radhika Arora’s initial academic training was in broadcast journalism, followed by a Master of Public Health degree. She is presently working with Oxford Policy Management in Delhi on their work on frontline health workers. She also works on project-related knowledge management activities at OPM. Radhika has been actively engaged with the EV4GH program as a co-coordinator for the alumni task force over the past few years, and looks forward to taking this role forward in future.

Kristof Decoster

Kristof Decoster

Governance Board member, Institute of Tropical Medicine liaison

Kristof Decoster has a background in political science and has been working at the ITM since October 2007. He currently focuses on the International Health Policies newsletter and network, and has been involved in Emerging Voices since the start of the program. He’s the liaison with ITM in the current EV governance team.

Prashanth N S

Prashanth N S

Governance Board member, Institute of Public Health, India liaison

Prashanth is a medical doctor with a specialisation in public health. For his PhD, he studied organisational change in a local health system setting. He is involved in teaching face-to-face and e-learning courses on health management, health policy and systems research methods. He has an interest in strengthening primary health care and works with wildlife scientists and ecologists on topics related to the interface between health and environment. In his free time, he is a passionate birdwatcher, wikipedia editor, social media enthusiast and a closet-naturalist.

Goran Zangana

Goran Zangana

Governance Board member, Dubai Co-ordinator

Dr Goran Zangana is a medical doctor from Iraq with experience in acute medicine, public health, epidemiology, health policy and health systems in conflict-affected settings. Dr Zangana is co-founder of a Health Policy Research Organisation. He is an active researcher at the Middle East Research Institute in Erbil of Kurdistan region of Iraq. He has done a PhD at the University of Edinburgh on the politics of introducing the basic packages of health service in the conflict-setting of Iraq. He is currently the Program Manager for the Health and Humanitarian Advancement Network (HUMAN) network in Iraq. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Fragile and Conflict-affected settings thematic working group of Health Systems Global.

Nityasri S.N.

Nityasri S.N.

Emerging Voices Secretary

Nityasri is a medical doctor with specialisation in public health who has been working with IPH. She joined the EV4GH secretariat in 2019.