Sharing our global expertise on health systems strengthening

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016
Earlier this month a team from Options attended the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, in Vancouver. This was a fantastic opportunity to share our wealth of experience, innovative practices and lessons learned for building more resilient health systems.

Earlier this month a team from Options attended the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, in Vancouver.  The theme of the conference was Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world.  The conference brought together researchers, students, practitioners, and policy-makers from around the world to discuss ways to support health systems to absorb unexpected shocks, respond to emerging needs and take advantage of new opportunities.

This was a fantastic opportunity to share our wealth of experiences, innovative practices and lessons learned for building more resilient health systems.  We presented several posters and oral presentations on our work in Nepal, India, and Sierra Leone:

  • In Learning from the Resilience of Nepal’s Health System following the 2015 Earthquakes, Sagar Dahal from our NHSSP programme, discussed the Ministry of Health's emphasis on coordination of responders and standard guidelines for reconstruction.   He highlighted that consolidating the learning from the response remains an important part of developing health system resilience.
  • Devjit, who worked on our Nutrition and WASH programme in Odisha, India presented the challenges and lessons learned from the Shakti Varta Participatory Learning and Action intervention with women's self-help groups.  This intervention was delivered through government and civil society partnerships.  He highlighted how these partnerships extended the reach of the government to remote and difficult to access communities.  Early results from this programme show improvements in maternal and newborn care practices and increased awareness of the harm of open defecation.
  • Our Gender and Social Inclusion specialist, Deborah Thomas presented on Social Service Units in Nepal that are part of the government response to enabling poor and vulnerable people to access free or subsidised health care. She presented improvements in the accuracy of targeting, accountability and management of the fund allocated to hospitals for this purpose, and good levels of client satisfaction. Key factors that enable SSUs to work effectively include the leadership of the hospital in-charge, the commitment and high quality of service from contracted NGO partners who administer SSUs through a PPP arrangement, and the policy influencing and technical support provided by our technical assistance in their role as knowledge brokers.

We hosted an Options booth in the Marketplace, which provided a connection point to engage with both current and potential partner organisations and programmes and to showcase our work and resources, including the Global MDSR Action Network.

See all our presentations here:

 

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