Health Systems Global (HSG) is committed to strengthening individual capacity and enhancing health policy and systems research (HPSR) uptake.
Peer-reviewed publications are important for communicating scientific work, recognition within the research community and career progression. However, women lag behind their male colleagues in publications. A recent Lancet review argued that the division in knowledge between genders exists in all countries, with less than 30 per cent of the world’s researchers being women. They further argue that while the proportion of women is increasing, these women still publish less than their male counterparts.
Women Mentorship program
In July 2019, HSG and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (The Alliance), in partnership with Health Policy and Planning, launched the Women Mentorship program. This follows the Alliance’s initial mentorship program, which took place in 2018. Applications were invited from early-career women based in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) working on HPSR issue, who are interested to publish their HPSR research for the first time in a global peer-reviewed journal, but require guidance and support to submit a manuscript which has the potential to be published.
The Women Mentorship program provides 22 young researchers with one-to-one support from paired mentors to convert their work into a publishable manuscript.