Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) and one of our members (ASM Shahabuddin) of W&CHRC attended fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Shahab has also been selected as an Emerging Voices for Global Health by Health Systems Global this year 2016.
Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) is a multi-partner blended training program that aims to generate a new generation of global and local change makers, focusing on young health systems researchers from the South. This year’s EV4GH program, linked to the 4th global symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada, brought together about 40 young and promising health policy and system researchers, decision makers and other health systems professionals. The EV4GH program started with a distance coaching stage on an online platform (Moodle) (from August 11 to October 15, 2016). The distance coaching mainly focused on mindmapping, multimedia principles, poster presentation and thematic discussions. After distance coaching, all EVs met in a rainy Vancouver for the face-to-face training ( 3-10 November), featuring a mix of thematic group discussions and research communication sessions, but also so called ‘Big talks’ with several renowned professors (our own Wim Van Damme being one of them), visits to several health service organisations in Vancouver, and much more.
The Face-to-Face stage ended with the (by now familiar) pre-conference (11-12 November), jointly organized this time with Canadian global health students and young professionals (GHSYPS ). All EVs presented their research in oral and poster format in front of invited guests at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. After the pre-conference, EVs took part in the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, this year themed “Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world” which was based on six thematic areas including 1) Enhancing health system resilience: absorbing shocks and sustaining gains in every setting; 2) Equity, rights, gender and ethics: responsiveness through values-based health systems; 3) Engaging power and politics in promoting health and public value; 4)Implementing improvement and innovation in health services and systems; 5) New partnerships and collaborations for health system research and development; 6) Future reciprocal learning and evaluation approaches for health system development. The participation of EVs in the symposium was prominent as they took part in panels, presented posters and gave oral presentations in several thematic sessions.
ITM’s education booth in the marketplace, very strategically placed near the entrance this year (!), was well attended, and many visitors expressed interest in the courses provided at the institute, including a number of EVs. They all got a nice little gift on top of it. The ITM alumni meeting was also a great success!
All in all, the cosmopolitan city Vancouver, the EV training at the Sandman hotel and the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre (against a dramatic mountainous backdrop) were great experiences. We are already looking forward to the next EV venture in Liverpool 2018!
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