We are delighted to be able to share with you Health Systems Global’s first ever Annual Report. 2017 marked our fifth year in existence as the first membership organization dedicated to promoting health policy and systems research (HPSR) and it was a year full of growth, activity and engagement. The 2017 Annual Report captures some of the highlights of the year and outlines the progress we have made in the second year of our five-year strategic plan. The many achievements in the report are down to the energy and drive of our members and our ever-expanding HPSR community. We would like to say a big thank you to all of those who have played a part in making 2017 a success. We hope you will find it an interesting and informative read!