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Path dependency and systems thinking in analysing health systems development in the aftermath of conflict
Oct
3
2:30 pm14:30

Path dependency and systems thinking in analysing health systems development in the aftermath of conflict

  • Room 1.61-1.62, CTICC

This session aims to evaluate the usefulness of systems thinking in understanding health system development in the aftermath of conflict. The concept of path dependency has been at the forefront of the thinking of the ReBuild programme which has built research on the premise that policies implemented in the immediate post-conflict period set the direction of health systems for the following decades. The session will consist of one paper, three discussions of the paper and a ‘fishbowl’.

Moderator:

  • Freddie Ssengooba, Associate Professor, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda

FHS Participants:

  • Gerry Bloom, Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom - Discussant
Understanding and unlocking community capabilities: From assessment to action
Oct
3
2:30 pm14:30

Understanding and unlocking community capabilities: From assessment to action

  • Room 2.65-.66, CTICC

Despite global recommendations celebrating community health interventions, little is known about the community capabilities that underpin them. Four studies will be presented that assess community capability and transform such understanding into locally owned and sustained action: (i) a global systematic review of community capability; (ii) a participatory assessment of community voice in South Africa; (iii) a mixed methods study detailing how informal and formal media act as key community stakeholders for child health in India; and (iv) participatory action research that builds capacity to improve maternal and newborn health in Uganda.

Moderator:

  • Barun Kanjilal, Professor, Indian Institute of Health Management Research, India

 

FHS Participants:

  • Upasona Ghosh, Research Officer, Institute of Health Management, India - Discussant
  • Vrinda Mehra, Researcher, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Discussant
  • Peter Waiswa, Doctor, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - Discussant

District health systems in Africa
Oct
3
2:30 pm14:30

District health systems in Africa

  • Room 1.63-1.64, CTICC

This session looks at the district governance structure in four African health systems, addressing community accountability, decentralization and management.

Moderator:

  • Valéry Ridde, Associate Professor, Montreal School of Public Health/CRCHUM, Canada 

FHS Participants:

  • David Bishai, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA - Does splitting districts harm public health system performance? Evidence from Uganda
Health Systems Global thematic group on Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research: Catalysing movement for change
Oct
3
9:30 am09:30

Health Systems Global thematic group on Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research: Catalysing movement for change

  • Auditorium 1, CTICC

The session will seek to better define the field of health policy and systems research (HPSR), identify gaps and engage with critical areas including research paradigms, scope of field and competencies in HPSR, ways of mutual support and sharing knowledge. The session will link members of Health Systems Global, researchers and practitioners interested in HPSR training, and work towards an agreement on key actions, thus creating a momentum for the work of the group.

Moderator:

  • David Peters, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA 

FHS Participants:

  • David Peters, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Moderator
Improving user rights and experiences of services
Oct
3
9:30 am09:30

Improving user rights and experiences of services

  • Room 1.41, CTICC

Four presentations explore user experiences of health care in low- and middle-income country contexts, and two more macro-focused papers explore similar themes in Canada and ex-USSR countries.

Moderator:

  • Leslie London, Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

FHS Participants:

  • Upasona Ghosh, Research Officer, Institute of Health Management, India - The variance in understanding of the health rights of vulnerable groups in the Sundarbans, India

New frontiers in advancing gender analysis in health systems research: Context-embedded approaches, intersectionality and engagement with power and ethics
Oct
3
9:30 am09:30

New frontiers in advancing gender analysis in health systems research: Context-embedded approaches, intersectionality and engagement with power and ethics

  • Roof Terrace, CTICC

This session aims to elicit interest in methodological approaches that expand gender in health systems research beyond conventional efforts that focus narrowly on women or disaggregate data by sex. Presentations will illustrate three approaches that advance gender analysis: context-embedded research (gender relations in the context of voucher programmes in Uganda and HIV vulnerability in Malawian fishing communities); intersectionality (the interplay of gender, age, poverty and education in shaping access to Indian maternal health schemes and use of ICT in Bangladesh); and gender, power and ethics (participatory research in Kenya).

Moderator:

  • Sally Theobald, Reader in Social Science and International Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

FHS Participants:

  • Tamanna Sharmin, Senior Research Investigator, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), Bangladesh - Discussant
  • Moses Tetui, Research Fellow, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - Discussant
Measuring and improving the accountability of health-care systems
Oct
2
4:30 pm16:30

Measuring and improving the accountability of health-care systems

  • Room 1.63-1.64, CTICC

This session presents experiences of community monitoring of quality and access as a way to improve the responsiveness of health systems and their governance.

Moderator:

  • Alayne Adams, Senior Social Scientist, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), Bangladesh

FHS Participants:

  • Anbrasi Edward, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins University, USA - Enhancing governance and health system accountability for people-centred health care: potential of community scorecards in Afghanistan

Innovation for maternal and child health care
Oct
2
4:30 pm16:30

Innovation for maternal and child health care

  • Room 2.65-2.66, CTICC

This session includes four presentations, three from Africa and one from India, that report innovative interventions to improve the quality of care of maternal and child health care.

Moderator:

  • Aditi Iyer, Research Coordinator, Gender and Health Equity Project, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India 

FHS Participants:

  •  Chrispus Mayora, Carta PhD Fellow, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - Registered drug shops are preferred for treating acute febrile illness in rural Uganda
Demystifying complexity in health systems: A hands-on workshop on developing causal loop diagrams
Oct
2
4:30 pm16:30

Demystifying complexity in health systems: A hands-on workshop on developing causal loop diagrams

  • Room 2.61-2.63, CTICC

Causal loop diagrams (CLDs) are a systems thinking tool that facilitates understanding of complexity in health systems. Panel members illustrate the development and use of CLDs in low-, middle- and high-income country contexts (e.g., India, Romania, Uganda, USA). Participants will gain an understanding of the types of questions that CLDs can help answer as well as the types of data and the process that can be used. Further, they will have the opportunity to develop their own basic CLDs during a guided overview of the software used. Participants interested in a hands-on experience are encouraged to download the free version of Vensim on their computer for use during the session.

Moderator:

  • Taghreed Adam, Scientist, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO, Geneva

FHS Participants:

  • Ligia Paina, Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Discussant
  • Agnes Rwashana Semwanga, Senior Lecturer, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda - Discussant

Processes, methods and stakeholders in knowledge translation and participatory decision-making
Oct
2
2:30 pm14:30

Processes, methods and stakeholders in knowledge translation and participatory decision-making

  • Room 2.61-2.63, CTICC

This session includes presentations examining the role of the media and academics in knowledge translation, participatory decision-making and learning communities, “bottom-up” approaches to policy formulation and presenting research findings through data visualization.

Moderator:

  • Pierre Ongolo-Zogo, Head, Centre for Development of Best Practices in Health, Central Hospital Yaoundé, Cameroon

FHS Participants:

  • Nasreen Jessani, Doctoral candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Do academic knowledge brokers exist? An exploration of research-to-policy networks of faculty from six schools of public health in Kenya

  • Jeffrey Knezovich, Policy Influence and Research Uptake Manager, Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom - Data visualization: Making health systems data accessible to support people-centred health systems

Poster session: Innovation in research methods
Oct
2
1:00 pm13:00

Poster session: Innovation in research methods

  • Marketplace, CTICC

FHS Participants:

  • Rogers Mandu, Research Manager, Makerere University, Uganda - The community as co-producers of their own health: The experience with community quality improvement teams in rural eastern Uganda

  • Rornald Muhumuza Kananura, M&E Officer, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - The role of community health workers in eliminating neonatal mortality-related community risk factors

  • David Musoke, Assistant Lecturer, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - Community-level health systems through the eyes of youth: Findings from using photovoice to examine maternal health in central Uganda
  • Aloysius Mutebi, Public Health Specialist, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda - Fresh starts: How new districts use community participation to build their programmes
  • Ligia Paina, Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Preferences on dual practice policies: Evidence from a mixed-methods study in Kampala, Uganda
Experiences using photo voice in health systems research: Transforming evidence and methods to share knowledge, engage, empower and act
Oct
2
11:30 am11:30

Experiences using photo voice in health systems research: Transforming evidence and methods to share knowledge, engage, empower and act

  • Room 2.41-2.43, CTICC

Photo voice enables participants to document, share and analyse their realities through photographs. In having the power to frame images, marginalized people can represent themselves in transformative ways. We explore experiences of photo voice in participatory health systems research in Uganda, Zambia and regional east and southern Africa, and India, where communities have used photography to express and analyse their realities in health, and to communicate and act on them.

FHS Participants:

  • Asha George, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Moderator
  • Shibaji Bose, Communication Officer, Institute of Health Management Research, India - Discussant
  • David Musoke, Assistant Lecturer, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - Discussant
User-centred evidence: Perspectives from institutions engaged in health systems knowledge translation
Oct
2
11:30 am11:30

User-centred evidence: Perspectives from institutions engaged in health systems knowledge translation

  • Room 2.65-2.66, CTICC

Research evidence is important at various stages of policy process including agenda setting, policy making, policy implementation, and policy monitoring and evaluation. The evidence required at these stages, the key institutions that need to be engaged and strategies for engaging them successfully may differ. The session will present the multiple user perspectives of evidence needed at different policy stages and strategies used to adapt evidence by different institutions.

 Moderator:

  • Elizeus Rutebemberwa, Associate Professor, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda

FHS Participants:

  • Suzanne Kiwanuka, Senior Lecturer, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - Discussant
Building the capacity of researchers and decision-makers in applying systems-thinking methods and approaches
Oct
2
11:30 am11:30

Building the capacity of researchers and decision-makers in applying systems-thinking methods and approaches

  • Room 2.44-2.46, CTICC

We will capitalize on the experience of more than 100 people involved in the recent issue of Health Research Policy and Systems on applications of systems thinking in LMIC health systems to share their experience about what it takes to expand the applications of systems thinking more widely. A talk-show style engaging with the audience will be used covering the following questions: How did you go about building your capacity to use systems thinking? What does it take to build the capacity of implementers to do so? What gets in the way? Hardcopies of the issue will be available for all.

Moderator:

  • David Bishai, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA

FHS Participants:

  • David Bishai, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA   - Moderator
Community-based interventions to improve access to quality health services in Africa
Oct
1
2:30 pm14:30

Community-based interventions to improve access to quality health services in Africa

  • Room 2.65-2.66, CTICC

In this session a set of varied presentations address different community-based service, support and management interventions to improve access to quality health services, with a focus on Africa.

Moderator: 

  • Gita Sen, Adjunct Professor, Global Health and Population, Havard School of Public Health, USA

FHS Participants:

  • Hayley  MacGregor, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom - Situating patient-centred paradigms of care within people-centred health systems: A critical examination of initiatives to support the self-management of chronic lifelong conditions in low-resource settings
Visualising health systems data: Examples, tools and approaches
Oct
1
2:30 pm14:30

Visualising health systems data: Examples, tools and approaches

  • Room 2.64, CTICC

You don’t have to be Hans Rosling to make information about health systems come to life! Come see examples of effective people-centred health systems data visualizations and then get hands on with an opportunity to make them yourself using free or low-cost tools.

FHS Participants:

  •  Jeffrey Knezovich, Policy Influence and Research Uptake Manager, Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom, Moderator

Session details:

How do we get from government websites that look like this:

To more user-friendly comprehensive maps that look like this:

And data visualisations that tell more of a story, along the lines of:

Or interactive charts that look like:

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Join us for an interactive session that gets hands-on with tools such as Import.io, Google Fusion Tables, CartoDB and Tableau Public to visualise health systems information. Pre-registration is now closed.

If you would like to participate in this session, but have failed to register, we recommend downloading the following programmes:

 

For gathering data from the web:

 

For data manipulation:

  • Please have Excel installed
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For data visualisation:

You may also want to pre-download some of the data with which we'll be working:

Poster session: Cutting-edge research
Oct
1
1:00 pm13:00

Poster session: Cutting-edge research

  • Marketplace, CTICC

FHS Participants:

  • Suzanne N Kiwanuka, Senior Lecturer, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - Why do we stay? Health workers’ motivation experiences from rural communities in three districts in Uganda
  • Bridget Pratt, Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA - Promoting health equity through health systems research priority-setting processes: A conceptual exploration for justice in health
Improving quality of and access to maternal and child health services
Oct
1
11:30 am11:30

Improving quality of and access to maternal and child health services

  • Room 1.43-1.44, CTICC

Various studies of the quality of care of maternal and child health (MCH) services (mainly newborn) and interventions to improve quality of care and MCH outcomes are presented in this session.

Moderator:

  • Trish Groves, Head of Research, British Medical Journal, United Kingdom

 FHS Participants:

  •  Gertrude Namazzi, Research Coordinator, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda - Strengthening health facilities for maternal and newborn care: Experiences from rural eastern Uganda