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Engaging with Journalists in Liberia to report more accurately

Future Health Systems

On September 7, 2018, Liberia Center for Outcomes Research in Mental Health (LiCORMH) hosted a one-day workshop entitled ‘Preparing Journalists for Accurately Reporting Research Finding’ in the business conurbation of Monrovia called Sinkor. We are pleased to have had journalists from various media outlets attend the workshop to hear our concerns and requests.

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Community Resilience in the context of the Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in Liberia

Future Health Systems

Sehwah Sonkarlay, LiCORMH, Liberia, and Future Health Systems, writes about reflections by key actors on Liberia’s experience in identifying and building resilience at the community level in the context of the recent Ebola epidemic, combined with its post-war and unique sociopolitical history.

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G20 leaders need to prioritize public health to keep pandemics at bay

Future Health Systems

In 1895, poet Joseph Malins described an ill-starred town shadowed by a cliff. Citizens would regularly tumble off the cliff, so the town mercifully pays for a public ambulance. The poet berates the town for not building a fence at the rim of the cliff. As the G20 come together this July in Hamburg, they should take heed and learn the lessons from this fenceless town. Addressing global health security challenges like pandemics and resistance to antibiotics requires not just an ambulance, but a fence too. 

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Resilient health systems and social resilience

Future Health Systems

The experience of the West African Ebola epidemic and its devastating impact on health and also the capacity of health services to carry out basic public health functions has led to a growing interest in ways to make health systems more resilient. This is the theme of the forthcoming symposium of the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

It is important to differentiate between the contributions of a health system to social resilience and the factors that make a health system resilient to health crises. Both are important. In fact, the dimensions of the relationship between resilience and health systems are also interlinked.

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Investing in ​​health is not​ cheap, but it is not a luxury either

Future Health Systems

While Ebola, Zika and yellow fever may seem like distant threats to most people living in the developed world, the lessons from these global crises should resonate across health services in all countries.

At the G7 meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan, and the world health assembly in Geneva this week, world leaders and health policymakers have a prime opportunity to take action. They need to lead the way in shaping health systems that can cope with both public health emergencies and the longer-term challenges of ensuring access to affordable health services for all.

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