Building Just, Sustainable and Resilient Health Systems in Times of Crisis: Lessons from three decades of reform in the low- and middle-income countries of Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Building Just, Sustainable and Resilient Health Systems in Times of Crisis: Lessons from three decades of reform in the low- and middle-income countries of Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

HSG Pre conference in LMICs of Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

Building Just, Sustainable and Resilient Health Systems in Times of Crisis: Lessons from three decades of reform in the low- and middle-income countries of Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

In advance of the 8th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2024), the HSG European Regional Network is organizing a two-day workshop for researchers and stakeholders based in the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) of Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The pre-conference will include panel discussions of relevance to all LMICs in the Region, focusing on the following four research questions:

  • What health financing reforms have been shown to strengthen health system resilience in a crisis (e.g., climate, health, or conflict-related crises), and why?
  • To what extent, and in what ways, do people-centered health systems strengthen the capacity of health systems to prepare for and respond to such crises?
  • How can informality and corruption be addressed in the pursuit of more just, more sustainable, and more resilient health systems?
  • What roles can democratic institutions, inclusive policy processes and enhanced transparency play in enhancing the sustainability of just health systems reform

In addition, the workshop will have a specific focus on Ukraine – both in terms of learning the lessons from a decade of reforms in Ukraine, undertaken amidst a large-scale war caused by two Russian invasions; and learning from reforms undertaken across the wider region to shape future reform efforts in Ukraine. For this reason, each of the four main sessions of the conference will include a keynote presentation focused on Ukraine –given by a speaker based in, or working in, Ukraine. Hence, the HSG committee is particularly keen to encourage participation of Ukraine-based researchers and practitioners in the seminar.

The workshop will incorporate a series of individual contributions to panel discussions.

These contributions will focus not on detailed overviews of individual pieces of research, but rather on policy insights that have emerged through research programs and/or practical experiences, and that directly address the research question. The subsequent moderated panel discussions will focusing on synthesizing “what we know” in relation to the research question; identifying the key policy-relevant gaps and limitations in related knowledge, and defining what future HSR is needed to address these. Each panel will therefore “cumulate” to support the development of a research agenda – to be agreed in the final session of Day 2 (see below).

Our thematic focus aligns with the overall theme of HSR2024, and, in particular, brings together the two sub-themes currently most relevant for the Region’s researchers and stakeholders:

  • Sub theme 2: Advancing justice, inclusion, and belonging in health systems, in times of peace and conflict (the focus of Day 1)
  • Sub theme 3: Health governance, policy, and institutional frameworks for just and sustainable health systems (the initial focus of Day 2)

In addition, the pre-conference will focus on building the field of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) in the LMICs of Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in general, and Ukraine in particular – focusing on:

  • summarizing the policy implications of the knowledge presented at the conference;
  • identifying key gaps and limitations in the existing knowledge/evidence base; and
  • defining directions for future research, alongside funding opportunities to enable that research to take place, and the collaborative teams that will be taking it forward.

In partnership with:

  • WHO TDR
  • Curatio International Foundation
  • Kyiv Medical University

In person attendance Registration fees below:

HIC: 400 Euro with institutional support, 200 for individuals with no institutional support

MIC: 200 Euro with institutional support, 100 with no institutional support

LIC: free