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Europe Regional Network

The Health Systems Global (HSG) Europe Regional Network aims to enhance cross-learning across the European Region and to share experiences, find collaboration partners, and build capacity in health policy and systems research (HPSR).

The European Region has a strong HPSR community, and there is a wealth of good practices, experiences, and international collaboration. However, HPSR expertise is predominantly concentrated in the high-income countries of the region, there are north–south and west–east divides, and significant disparities between countries in terms of health systems resources, reach, and capacity to absorb evidence.

There is a need for better regional and global cross-learning, sharing experiences, finding collaboration partners, and continuous and sustainable HPSR capacity building. Within this context, HSG’s engagement plan for the European Region is guided by the following objectives:

  • Connect members of HPSR community and assess regional needs.
  • Strengthen links between members by creating the Europe Regional Network.
  • Increase regional participation in Global Symposia on Health Systems Research and other global events relevant to HPSR.
  • Increase awareness of HPSR in Eastern Europe, particularly in post-Soviet countries.
  • Support cross-country and cross-regional collaboration.
Event at HSR UK 2020

Event at HSR UK 2020

Vladimir Gordeev, HSR Board member, will be chairing a session at HSR UK 2020 and Barbara McPake, HSG Board Vice-Chair, will be a speaker in a session at HSR UK 2020 titled 'Mobilising UK HSR capacity and learning to build partnerships for tackling health policy and systems challenges in LMICs'.

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Regional Network Coordinators

Goran Zangana

Goran Zangana

Regional Network Lead

Natalie Messerli

Natalie Messerli

Europe Regional Network Coordinator

Maia Uchaneishvili

Maia Uchaneishvili

Research Unit Director

Goran Zangana

Goran Zangana

Regional Network Lead

Goran Zangana is originally from the Kurdistan region of Iraq. He is a medical doctor doing his initial training and practice in Iraq. He was a Fulbright fellow in the US doing a master's in health policy at the Emory University and did his PhD in international public health policy at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining the HSG board Goran was a member of the governing board of emerging voices for global health and an advisor to the Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Thematic Working Groups. He is an acting consultant in acute medicine in NHS Scotland, NHS Lothian lead for International Medical Graduates and is NHS Scotland Global Citizenship champion.

Natalie Messerli

Natalie Messerli

Europe Regional Network Coordinator

Natalie is a public health researcher with the Swiss Learning Health System at the University of Lucerne. Her work is dedicated to bridging the gap between science, policy, and practice. Her expertise lies in centering health equity through co-creation processes in the evidence synthesis and decision-making cycle, enhancing evidence-based health policy-making. With over a decade of experience in global and national settings, she's committed to knowledge mobilization for health systems strengthening and social change.

Maia Uchaneishvili

Maia Uchaneishvili

Research Unit Director

Maia Uchaneishvili is a research unit director in Curatio International Foundation. She has more than 13- year experience of working in the health sector and is an experienced project manager with the experience in managing projects in the healthcare field mostly experienced in health systems research. She has done Master of Project Management, Project Management College of Free University of Georgia & George Washington University, USA. Currently she is working as a research unit director, responsible to initiate, plan, implement and close all ongoing research projects in the organization. At the same time, involved in finding and conceptualization of new business opportunities and proposal development. On a regular basis responsible on preparation of quarterly and annual reports on research unit progress and on the status of several success indicators. Responsible on management of local and international internship program. Actively involved in recruitment processes in the organization. Has experience of managing different multi-country projects. Maia also manages Healthcare Advocacy Coalition, as CIF is a secretariat. As a researcher, experienced in qualitative research, including data collection, literature review, data analysis and development of study reports. Co-author of several scientific articles in peer reviewed journals study reports. In 2020 she also invited Lecturer of Project Management at Business and Technologies University of Georgia.