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Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR)

Place: Beijing, China
Date: 31 October–3 November 2012

The Symposium will be dedicated to evaluating progress, sharing insights and recalibrating the agenda of science to accelerate universal health coverage (UHC).

A primary theme for the symposium will be innovation and inclusion, highlighting 'neglected' themes such as research on neglected public health priorities, causes of exclusion of populations or problems, and on what works in reducing these exclusions.

Each day, 17 concurrent sessions will provide examples of innovations across all health systems building blocks that facilitate faster progress towards universal health coverage in an affordable manner.

In addition, the WHO strategy on health systems research and the member-based Society for HSR will be launched. Anticipated is the establishment of a Beijing Agenda for further advancing the HSR and in particular, the initiation of a process to construct and agree on measures to monitor UHC.

All plenary sessions will be webcast live and are available from the Symposium web site's home page. In addition, WHO will be tweeting daily from the meeting.