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Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Re-imagining health systems for better health and social justice

The Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020) brought together 2,350 participants from 125 countries in a virtual Global Symposium to explore how we can build health systems that improve people’s health and are socially just. HSR2020 had more delegates than ever participating from low- and middle-income countries and from nearly all regions, and 70% of delegates were first-time participants in a Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.

HSR2020 took place from November 2020 to March 2021 in three phases:

  • Phase One – from 8 – 12 November 2020 – featured live and on-demand sessions, including plenaries, parallel sessions, skills building sessions, special panels, and virtual networking.
  • Phase Two – from 25 November 2020 – March 2021 – consisted of fortnightly parallel sessions to promote and facilitate exchange and community building around the HSR2020 sub-themes.
  • Phase Three – 31 March 2021 – was a culminating event to synthesize the main learnings from HSR2020.

The theme of HSR2020 was Re-imagining health systems for better health and social justice. You can read the full theme in English, French and Russian.

HSR2020 sessions on YouTube

As part of HSG’s commitment to promoting health policy and systems research, recordings from all HSR2020 sessions are now publicly and freely available on the HSG YouTube channel. The HSR2020 collection is organized into playlists – there is a playlist for each sub-theme of the symposium, as well as playlists for skills-building sessions and multi-media sessions.

View the HSR2020 collection
HSR2020 co-sponsors, supporters and partners

HSR2020 co-sponsors, supporters and partners

HSR2020 was hosted by HSG, with co-sponsors, supporters and a consortium of organisations from the Eastern Mediterranean Region led by the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with the American University of Beirut through its Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Lebanon. In addition, many members of the various HSR2020 Organizing Committees contributed to the success of HSR2020.

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