HSR 2016: Advocating resilient and responsive health systems

From November 14 to 18, 2016, Vancouver, Canada’s garden city, played host to a global community of researchers, public health specialists, civil societies, media, implementers, digital experts, representatives of governments and international organizations, who gathered at the Vancouver Civic Centre and Simon Frasier University (SFU) to discuss, brainstorm and chat the way forward on ‘Resilient and responsive health systems,’ the theme of the this year’s edition of the ‘Global Symposium of Health Systems Research.’

WANEL at HSR2016

Members of WANEL were well-represented at HSR2016. At the pre-conference session organized by the Emerging Voices for Global Health, WANEL was a part of the audience and actively participated in the poster presentation.Celine Defor made a presentation on the ‘Review of West African HPSR literature: Observing trends in evidence generation from 1990 – 2015’ as keen students and other participants  inquired about various aspects of her presentation and the reasons for which the research was conducted as well as the results it has generated.

At the HSR symposium, a satellite session organised by WANEL members was dedicated to exploring the empirical and experiential from the point of view of implementers and researchers in West Africa. Two panels featured the perspectives of emerging practitioners, policy-makers and researchers on what it means to do health policy and systems work in West Africa. The session was exciting and inspiring, and brought into relief the issues, challenges, motivations and dreams of the next generation of future leaders in the region.Among the panelists were Virgil Lokossou, Henry Uro-Chukwu, Fatou Kebe, Kadio Kadidatou, Jean-Paul Dossou and Seye Abimbola. Aku Kwamie chaired the session while Vanessa Offiong moderated.

Team WANEL also had poster and e-poster presentations at the Symposium’s Market Place.

Poster presentations were made by Mary Amoakoh-Coleman, Augustina Koduah, Seye Abimbola, Roger Atinga, Matilda Aberese-Ako and Virgil Lokossou.Others who had poster presentations were Kadio Kadidatou, Abdallah Ibrahim, Kojo Anniah, Fatou Kébé, Celine Defor, Aissa Diarra, Hannah Brown-Amoakoh, Jean-Paul Dossou and Aku Kwamie.Abdoulaye Guindo, Vitalis Bawontuo, Enyi Etiaba and Felix Abraham Obi had e-poster sessions.

Aku Kwamie was part of the satellite session – ‘African Region’s experience on health policy dialogues for resilient and responsive health systems’ hosted by the World Health Organisation.

Augustina Koduah, Mary Amoakoh-Coleman and Gifty Ofori Ansah were part of the organized session – ‘Encouraging power and politics in promoting health and public value.’

Matilda Aberese-Ako chaired the oral session – ‘Implementing improvement and innovation in health service and systems’ in which Henry Uro-Chukwu was one of the panelists.

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