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Filtering by: Complex Adaptive Systems

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

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
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District health systems in Africa
Oct
3
2:30 PM14:30

District health systems in Africa

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
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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

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

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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

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
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