The Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR) led two presentations at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research Nov. 14-18 in Vancouver, Canada.
An abstract presentation based on GHHR’s project with the World Health Organization, “Advancing the Global Family Planning Research Agenda: Strengthening Health Systems Using Human Rights Norms and Standards” focused on ensuring human rights within family planning and contraceptive programs. The talk highlighted the methodological approach GHHR developed as part of this project to identify family planning indicators sensitive to human rights principles.
In addition, GHHR participated in a skills-building session led by the Rights Oriented Research and Education Network (RORE), for which GHHR is the Secretariat.
The half-day session, “Gender and Rights-Oriented Health Systems Research: How to think about it, how to do it, and how to get results,” included input from professors Sofia Gruskin and Laura Ferguson, as well as other key RORE contributors, on what it means to carry out gender and rights-oriented health systems research.
Dr. Ferguson facilitated UNDP’s Access and Delivery Partnership Satellite Session Nov. 14—”Resilient access and delivery of new health technologies: The critical role of implementation research.” During the session, ADP collaborators from Ghana, Indonesia and Tanzania discussed the role of implementation research in enhancing health systems responsiveness and resilience, and shared their country-level experiences and lessons learned. The discussion demonstrated the value of multisectoral approaches in enhancing resilience and responsiveness of health systems.
Dr. Ferguson also participated as an expert panelist in a half-day satellite session, “Early Evidence from Operations and Impact Evaluations The Case of Community RBF & the Case of the Quality of Care” hosted by the World Bank. This interactive session looked at the impact of shifting the focus of health systems from inputs to results and using results-based financing to help improve quality of care addressing demand side barriers at the community level.
Learn more about the symposium at healthsystemsresearch.org/hsr2016.