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Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Monday, November 14, 2021 to Friday, November 18, 2021

TRAction will be participating in the conference and hosting several sessions and auxiliary events, including the following:


Time & Location

Session Title


Nov 14

Room 17

SATELLITE SESSION: Getting there: working within existing health systems to overcome barriers to maternal and reproductive health care

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Population Council

Nov 15

Room 7

SATELLITE SESSION: Implementation Research and Delivery Science: informing health systems strategies and interventions



Room 7

SATELLITE SESSION: Moving evidence to policy: the role and opportunity of leveraging regional institutions



Room 7
SATELLITE SESSION: Advancing effective use of data for evidence-based policymakingURC/TRAction


Room 7
SATELLITE SESSION: Accessing Implementation Research and Delivery ScienceURC/TRAction


Room 7
SATELLITE SESSION: Institutional leadership and capacity development for IRDS/Applied Research Partnerships governance
Nov 16
Room 13
ORGANIZED SESSION: Systematic documentation of community-oriented approaches to improve recognition of and appropriate care seeking for newborn and maternal complications
Makerere University, Population Council, World Vision, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Nigeria
Nov 16
16:00-17:30ORGANIZED SESSION: Application and challenges to the use of mixed methods in health systems research
Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Nov 17
16:00-17:30ORAL SESSION: Implementing task-sharing facilitators and bottlenecks in introducing the clinical officer reproductive health program to improve access to comprehensive emergency obstetric care in Kenya
Community Health Promotion Kenya
Nov 17
16:00-17:30ORAL SESSION: Task-sharing for emergency surgery: flexibility and adaptation within Zambia's Medical Licentiate Practitioner cadre
Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program, Columbia University
Nov 17
16:00-17:30ORAL SESSION: From inception to scale up: stakeholders' acceptability and adoption of RBF in Malawi
Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Nov 17
12:30-14:00E-POSTER: Measuring the prevalence of disrespect and abuse along the birthing process: implications for developing and measuring interventions
Population Council Kenya
Nov 18
10:30-12:00ORAL SESSION: Mistreatment of the marginalized: investigating disrespectful and abusive maternity care in the Western Highlands of Guatemala
Nov 18
12:00-13:30E-POSTER: Factors influencing deliveries at health facilities among rural Maasai communities in Magadi Sub-County, Kenya
Amref Kenya
Starting Nov 6Available onlineVIRTUAL POSTER: Bottom-up approach: social innovations to improve neonatal care-seeking behavior in a state with high neonatal mortality, IndiaPopulation Council India


Check back soon for more details. 

Conference Background

The Global Symposium on Health Systems Research is hosted every two years by HSG to bring together its members with the full range of players involved in health systems and policy research. There is currently no other international gathering that serves the needs of this community. Previous events have been held in Cape Town (2014), Beijing (2012) and Montreux (2010).

The Symposium aims to:

  • Share new state-of-the-art evidence;
  • Review the progress and challenges towards implementation of the global agenda of priority research;
  • Identify and discuss the approaches to strengthen the scientific rigour of health systems research including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods; and
  • Facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries.

Participants will include researchers, policy-makers, funders, implementers, civil society and other stakeholders from relevant national and regional associations and professional organizations.

The program will include plenary addresses from world experts, as many as 12-15 concurrent sessions made up from abstracts and other proposals, an estimated 600 poster presentations, a vibrant marketplace and many other networking opportunities.

It is expected that approximately 2,000-2,200 people will participate in the Vancouver Symposium in 2016.



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