3rd Global Symposium on HSR

EVAL-HEALTH project participated in the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research which was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 29 September to 3 October 2014.

EVAL-HEALTH project had a significant presence in the symposium, where the the main results from the two research components of the project were presented.

The project also organized two open satellite sessions that tried to disseminate and discuss with symposium participants the principal and oustanding results of each of the EVAL-HEALTH project components.
Participation in these sessions was open for anyone attending the symposium and interested in the topics. The registration form to join both satellite sessions is closed. More details and information on them are provided below.

Satellite session on “Identifying and assessing the impact of the health research projects: The impact oriented monitoring (IOM) methodology” is scheduled for Monday, 29 September from 12:00-14:00.

The main objectives of the session are:
  • To discuss on methodologies for indentifying and assessing the impacts of health research projects and programmes.
  • To present the Impact Oriented Monitoring methodology developed under the EVAL-HEALTH project funded by EU.

In the session we will als present an overview of methodologies presently used for assessing the impacts of health research in different countries of Africa, South America and Asia, and will discuss with participants the resource constrains and other considerations which can influence the design and implementation of M&E methodologies and tools for health research projects and programmes.

For more information on this session, please contact with Dr. Joaquin Guinea, INNOVATEC: joaquin.guinea@innovatec.es

Satellite session on “How do policy actors influence evidence-informed health policy development in different contexts? Lessons from six policies in India and Nigeria” is scheduled for Monday, 29 September from 15.00-17.00.

This participatory session seeks to engage audience in reflecting on influences over role of evidence in health policy development in India and Nigeria. Influences of different policy actors on the role of evidence will be compared across three types of policies: an area of international prominence (maternal & child health; HIV-AIDS), neglected area (oral health; tobacco control) and a health systems area (human resources; community-based services).

The audience, including invited policymakers from each country, will share their experiences, and understanding, of actors’ roles in evidence-informed policymaking, and contribute to recommendations for enhancing evidence-informed health policymaking in people-centred health systems.

For more information on this session, please contact with Dr. Tolib Mirzoev, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds:

Also, some specific project results from the evidence research were presented in the symposium either as oral presentation or posters. A preliminary list of these documents can be seen in the following:
  • ORAL PRESENTATION: Contextual influences on the role of evidence in health policy development: insights from India and Nigeria.  Mirzoev T, Ebenso B, Das M, Rawat B, Uguru N, Russo G and Huss R.
  • POSTER: The combined influence of different groups of national actors on evidence-informed health policy development: Case study from India and Nigeria. Ebenso B, Das M, Rawat B,  Onwujekwe O, Russo G, Blok L, Putthasri, Huss R and Mirzoev T.
  • POSTER: Governance, accountability and participation of different policy actors in evidence-informed policy development: what can we learn from six health policies in India and Nigeria? Huss R, Ebenso B,  Das M, Rawat B, Onwujekwe O, Russo G, Blok L and Mirzoev T.
  • POSTER: Analysing key influences over actors' preferences and use of evidence in policy development: insights from the Nigerian IMNCH strategy. Mbachu C, Chikezie I, Eze S, Onwujekwe O, Uzochukwu and Ezumah N. POSTER.
  • POSTER: The Oral Health Policy in Nigeria: The role of context and actors in its development and approval. Etiaba E, Uguru N, Ezumah N, Mirzoev T, Uzochukwu B, Onwujekwe O.

Finally, EVAL-HEALTH had a stand in the Symposium Marketplace, a meeting point for all interested in knowing more about the project and the results derived from the research work. The Marketplace was situated in Exhibition Halls 1A and 1B in the Cape Town International Convention Centre and open throughout the duration of the symposium.