LMG to share research at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Join the Leadership, Management & Governance (LMG) Project at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town, South Africa from September 30th - October 3rd. LMG will be participating in multiple sessions throughout the week to share research and results on the impact of governance on health systems. If you can't make it to the sessions in person, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates from Cape Town. 

Monday, September 29th
Satellite Session: Translation Science: Lessons learned in health system strengthening from PEPFAR
Room 2.65, Cape Town International Convention Centre
PEPFAR will offer two separate panels to explore translation science: lessons learned in health systems strengthening.
Panel One: PEPFAR contributions to health systems research and lessons learned, will focus on findings from PEPFAR that may be applicable beyond the HIV epidemic, with a focus on service delivery, finance and human resources for health. Presentations will include research from four PEPFAR implementing agencies. 
  • Alexandra Zuber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA (moderator)
  • Karen Cavanaugh, United States Agency for International Development, USA 
  • Lyn Middleton, Health Resources and Services Administration, USA
Panel Two: Innovative metrics for capacity-building and country-led programming, will highlight innovative metrics to quantify and measure capacity in the HIV/AIDS response. Presentations will include important health systems metrics work conducted by PEPFAR and the Global Fund. 
  • Mai Hijazi, United States Agency for International Development, USA (moderator)
  • Eric Sarriot, ICF International, USA
  • Dr. Reshma Trasi, Leadership, Management & Governance Project, Management Sciences for Health 
  • George Shakarishvili, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
Satellite Session: Fostering Change for  Scale-up of Effective Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
Room 1.41, Cape Town International Convention Centre
Everyone working to improve health, at all levels, is in the business of fostering or implementing change. The session is for health professionals who want to bring about widespread, lasting change in their countries—health professionals who want to move beyond the myriad of promising pilot projects to building stronger, more effective health systems.  The Guide to Fostering Change to Scale Up Effective Health Services provides a systematic ‘how-to’ process for introducing and scaling up innovations in health. The Guide serves as a ‘missing link’ to assist countries in systematically identifying effective practices, planning and implementing their scale-up, to make the kind of impact that we know you want to make in your respective health systems.
Join us to learn proven practices to help lead change efforts, identify and describe key components to scaling up, hear experiences in scaling up reproductive health practices and programs—including scaling up youth-friendly family planning services in Zimbabwe—and practice applying these methodologies to specific scaling-up processes. Participants will leave the workshop with new resources, tools and actionable steps they can take to support scale-up efforts in their particular contexts.
Panelists are:
  • Suzanne Reier, Public Health Advisor, WHO, Geneva (moderator)
  • Odongo Odiyo, East, Central, and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community
  • Cynthia Chasokela, Director, Nursing and Midwifery Services, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe
  • Kate Wilson, Technical Advisor, Leadership, Management & Governance Project, Management Sciences for Health, USA
  • Nandita Thatte, Technical Advisor, USAID, USA
Wednesday, October 1st
Concurrent Session: Governance that enables evidence for stronger health systems and greater health outcomes 
16h30 – 18h00 
Room 1.63-1.64, Cape Town International Convention Centre
This session will discuss the value of good governance to create conditions in which health services research is more likely to flourish and yield stronger health system performance. The session will report results from the Third Global Governance for Health Roundtable that took place prior to the Symposium and discuss: 
  • Breaking through the challenge of measuring the impact of good governance
  • The power of effective women engagement in modern governance arrangements for health services delivery and finance in the journey to UHC and equity
  • Lessons about governance practices that unleash more significant and more sustainable health services research for health systems performance
Panelists are: 
  • Dr. James Rice, Leadership, Management & Governance Project, Management Sciences for Health
  • Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba, Former Director General Health South Africa and Board Member, Discovery Health (TBC)
  • Taylor Williamson, Health Policy Project and RTI International
Thursday, October 2nd
Oral Presentation: People-centered health systems and Corruption: A global survey of health managers' perceptions of the causes of, and recommended ways to reduce, health sector corruption
Roof Terrace, Cape Town International Convention Centre
Presenter: Meghan Guida, Leadership, Management & Governance Project, Management Sciences for Health
Corruption adversely affects access to healthcare worldwide, especially in countries with poor governance, low transparency, and weak accountability.  The factors that encourage corrupt practices in health systems affect both the health workforce and patients. This session will discuss ways to mitigate these factors and the results of a July, 2013 online survey of health managers and leaders across 95 countries to assess perceptions of corruption in the health sector. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify causes of corruption in the health sector, and ways to mitigate corruption.
  • Articulate how the health workforce and clients’ needs and rights overlap and are affected by corruption in the health sector.
  • Formulate ways in which stakeholders (governments, donors, practitioners, etc.) could empower communities to address corruption in the health sector.
Friday, October 3rd
Panel Presentation: Building collaborative and equitable governance mechanisms: Experiences strengthening health committees in diverse health systems contexts
Auditorium 2, Cape Town International Convention Centre
Health committees are one of the most widely implemented community level accountability mechanisms. They represent multiple constituencies at community, facility or district levels, ideally bringing together diverse community members, health workers and administrators, to better understand and respond to community and health workers’ needs. Drawing from research across diverse settings, this session will discuss how effectively these governance mechanisms broker different interests from multiple constituencies and contexts.
Panelists are: 
  • Dr. Kabir Sheikh, Health Governance Hub Director, Public Health Foundation of India, India; 
  • Dr. Evelyn Waweru, KEMRI/ Wellcome Trust, Kenya
  • Leulseged Ageze, Health, Financing and Governance Project, Ethiopia  
  • Dr. Mahesh Shukla, Senior Technical Advisor for Public Sector Governance , Leadership, Management and Governance Project, Afghanistan
  • Kerry Scott, Research Coordinator, Strengthening village health committees for intensified community engagement at scale (VOICES Study), Public Health Foundation of India, India
  • Dr. Rajani Ved, Advisor, Community Processes, National Health Systems Resource Center, India
Poster Presentation: Corruption in the health sector: An analysis of health leaders' and managers' perceptions on corruption by age
  • Dr. Reshma Trasi, Leadership, Management & Governance Project, Management Sciences for Health
  • Mariah Boyd-Boffa, Management Sciences for Health
  • Angela Lee, Management Sciences for Health
Corruption erodes health services quality and access, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. This poster presentation will present the results from a survey hosted on statpac.com in July 2013 that queried health managers and leaders on factors contributing to health sector corruption, and the effectiveness of interventions on reducing corruption. Of particular interest is the finding of a difference between younger and older respondents' views on the importance of societal acceptance of corruption as normal, and views in the lack of ethical or moral integrity among health workers. 
Photo Credit: Mark Tuschman, Kenya, 2014