Healthcare workshop looks to promote sustainable health systems

  • November 11, 2011
Healthcare workshop looks to promote sustainable health systems

Eva-Maria Hempe is leading a workshop on Health Systems Strengthening.

A Gates scholar is organising a workshop next Saturday on ways to improve underlying health systems and making them more sustainable and equitable.

Eva-Maria Hempe [2007] is leading the workshop, entitled Health Systems Strengthening: A critical examination of the concept and practice of HSS, from 10am-3pm on 19th November at the Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall, under the auspices of the Humanitarian Centre.

Health systems strengthening is all about taking a multifactorial, holistic approach to improving the underlying health systems of countries.

Other speakers at the workshop are Joyce Clark, a Public Library of Science Medicine Senior Editor and an experienced health services researcher, Emeritus Professor Geoff Walsham of the Judge Business School and Bruce Mackay, health sector consultancy HLSP’s Lead Specialist on Private Sector with a particular interest in HIV and AIDS, social marketing and private healthcare markets.

Eva did her PhD in Engineering on how to improve the NHS. She says: “It quickly became clear how important it is to take context (such as value and belief systems) into account and that something that works in one place won’t necessarily work somewhere else.”

She says a Gates Distinguished Lecture got her thinking about whether the connection between context and structures is bidirectional. “I wanted to explore whether you could use structures, such as a healthcare system, to rebuild a society which is how I got interested in health systems strengthening.”

To register for the event, click here.

Picture credit: renjith krishnan and www.freedigitalphotos.net

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