Dr Taghreed Adam from the Alliance Secretariat was invited to a meeting (25-27 November) in Bogotá, Colombia, on “Systems thinking and health sector reform in Latin America”. The meeting was organized by the International Development Research Centre, Canada, and hosted by the Ministry of Health of Colombia. It convened researchers and policy-makers from eight Latin American countries to discuss the relevance of systems thinking and complexity science to understanding and improving health sector reform efforts in the Americas.
The Alliance HPSR and the Harvard School of Public Health organized a workshop on 14 and 15 November to discuss the inclusion of quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research.
The workshop was an initiative of the Alliance’ Advisory Group on Health Systems Research Synthesis. One of the main outcomes of the workshop is a series of papers which are being developed and will be published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology in 2014.
Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide
A panel discussion including three policy-makers; Dr Maimunah Hamid, Deputy Director-General of Health, Malaysia, Dr Malebona Precious Matsoso, Director-General, South Africa and Dr Walid Ammar, Director-General of Health, Lebanon, convened on 9 October for the launch of the "Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide". This Guide led by the Alliance HPSR is authored by Dr David H. Peters, Johns Hopkins University, Dr Nhan T. Tran and Dr Taghreed Adam from the Alliance. "This Guide is a real opportunity to bring researchers and implementers together as allies and accomplices" concluded Dr Maimunah Hamid.
Third Global Symposium on HSR launches Call for abstracts
The call for abstracts of the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research opened on 16 September and coincided with the launch of the Symposium's web site. All those concerned about health systems development around the world are invited to share their experiences and understandings through an organized session or individual presentation.