Building Just and Sustainable Health Systems
Centring People and Protecting the Planet
The 8th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2024) will take place from Nov 18-22, 2024, in Nagasaki Japan.
“We are very much excited to welcome all of you here in Nagasaki, which has the longest history of medicine and health in Japan. You will be able to enjoy not only the great diversity of the participants from different parts of the world but also the novelty of the theme for HSR2024,” stated Hirotsugu Aiga, co-chair of the Program Working Group and a professor at the Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine & Global Health.
Following six months of consultations with members of Health Systems Global (HSG) and other stakeholders, HSG is pleased to announce the theme for HSR2024: Building Just and Sustainable Health Systems: Centring People and Protecting the Planet
Debate and discussion of what it takes to build just and sustainable health systems will be organised across four inter-related sub-themes: Strengthening health systems for planetary health; Advancing health system equity, inclusion and belonging in times of peace and conflict; Governance, policy, and institutional frameworks for sustained population health impact; and Knowledge for just health systems.
In developing the overarching theme and sub-themes, the organisers responded to calls from the wider HPSR community for the next symposium to engage with concurrent ecological and ethical challenges facing health systems in rapidly changing climactic, geo-political and socio-economic contexts. The symposium theme provides an opportunity to integrate scholarship and policy debate regarding long-standing and well-recognized health system challenges – such as promoting equity, inclusion and belonging – with more recently identified but equally profound issues. These include the need to build climate-resilient health systems with a planetary health outlook; strengthening governance, policy and institutional frameworks in the context of complex mixed (public/private) health systems and the spread of AI applications; and building the field of health policy and systems research to address longstanding ethical and methodological challenges in the field, including knowledge hierarchies that underpin exclusionary values and worsen inequity in so many health systems globally. The symposium will bring together healthcare professionals, policymakers, researchers, and advocates from around the world to present cutting-edge science; share policy and programmatic innovations that tackle ‘wicked problems’; workshop new ways of advocating and communicating for meaningful change; and create opportunities for collaboration and collective action that address the complex political economy of health policy making and health system reform.
“We look forward to providing further information about this unique forum with more information about the different ways individuals and organisations can participate in the scientific and broader program, forthcoming on the HSG website, email newsletter, and social media channels,” said Dr. Adnan Hyder, chair of the Board of HSG and senior associate dean for research at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.