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.
- 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.
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.