Launching HSR2020

Launching HSR2020

Join HSG and partners on 5 November at 13:00 UTC on the HSG YouTube channel for the launch of HSR2020

Launching HSR2020

Join Health Systems Global and partners on 5 November at 13:00 UTC on the HSG YouTube channel for the launch of the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020).

The 30-minute launch event will feature contributions from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO Director General) and members past and present of the Emerging Voices for Global Health. The launch will also include welcomes from HSG Chair, Asha George, and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami.

Follow this link to watch the HSR2020 launch event broadcast:

Looking ahead to HSR2020 Phase One, 8-12 November 2020

The launch takes place only three days before the opening of Phase One of the virtual HSR2020.

Phase One of HSR2020, from the 8 to 12 November, will include skill-building sessions and special panels, parallel sessions, and opportunities for virtual networking with fellow participants.

The main three days of Phase One, from the 10 to 12 November, will be comprised of three and a half hours of programming, adjusted each day to accommodate participants in different time zones.

The centrepiece of Phase One will be three exciting plenary sessions that will explore the sub-themes of HSR2020 through the insights and perspectives of leading policy, practice, and research experts from a diversity of contexts and disciplines.

On 10 November, the first plenary will explore who holds power relevant to health, how this power, and the political forces that it works through, shapes public health, and how powerful actors can be held to account and transparency in health systems can be promoted.

Moderated by Fadi El-Jardali, Professor of Health Policy and Systems at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, the first plenary will feature:

  • Rachel Cooper, Head of Health, Transparency International
  • Jacqueline Ann de Guia, Attorney, and Spokesperson for the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
  • Esperanza Ceron, Executive Director, Educar Consumidores, Colombia
  • Muhammad Ali Pate, Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, The World Bank, and Former Federal Minister of Health, Nigeria

The second plenary on 11 November will delve into the role of health systems in engaging proactively with contemporary challenges that pose risks to peace, security, and sustainability, including conflict, climate change, mass population mobility and rapid urbanization. ‘Wicked problems’ that are inter-related in both cause and effect and that intersect with the social determinants of health. Challenges that urgently need to be brought into health systems discussions.

The second plenary, moderated by Pascale Allotey, Director, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, will include contributions from:

  • Zahed Katurji (Hamza Al-Kateab), Syrian doctor, human rights activist, and public health advocate, whose experience is documented in the award-winning film “For Sama”
  • Kolitha Wickramage, Global Health Research and Epidemiology Coordinator, UN International Organization for Migration
  • Kristie L Ebi, Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, USA, and lead author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C
  • Waleska Caiaffa, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Federal University of Minas Gerais School of Medicine, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

And the third plenary, on 12 November, will focus on engaging technological, data and social innovations. Low- and middle-income countries and low-resource settings are arguably more likely to benefit from many of today’s great technological advances, but only if these advances in technology are developed with these settings in mind and involve people who understand these contexts. This plenary will consider the interaction of rapid advances in new technologies and innovations with issues relating to the equitable spread of such technologies.

The plenary will be comprised of two parts. The first half, moderated by Robyn Whittaker, Programme Leader, National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, New Zealand. It will feature a keynote presentation by Eric Jeffrey Topol, Founder, Director and Professor of Molecular Medicine of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, La Jolla, California, USA.

The second half will be a panel discussion moderated by Seye Abimbola, Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Global Health, and the University of Sydney, Australia, with contributions from:

  • Claudia Pagliari, Senior Lecturer, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dari Ahuwail, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science, College of Computing Sciences and Engineering, Kuwait University
  • Pratap Kumar, Founder of the Centre for Innovation, Research and Advisory Services – Health, Institute of Healthcare Management, Strathmore University Business School, Nairobi, Kenya

Join us for what promises to be an engaging and stimulating virtual event! Register for HSR2020 now.

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