Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

September 30, 2014 - 12:00am - October 3, 2014 - 12:00am
Cape Town International Convention Centre Convention Square 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001 Western Cape, South Africa

Join MSH at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town, South Africa from September 30th – October 3rd! We will be participating in multiple sessions throughout the week to participate in the presentations and discussions of people-centered health systems. Visit us at booth 21 in the Marketplace and follow our conference blog on Twitter and Facebook for live updates from Cape Town.


We are hosting two satellite sessions on Monday, September 29th. Click here to register.


Translation Science: Lessons learned in health system strengthening from PEPFAR

Room 2.65 | 10h30-14h00 



PEPFAR will offer two separate panels to explore translation science: lessons learned in health systems strengthening. 

Panel One: PEPFAR contributions to health systems research and lessons learned, will focus on findings from PEPFAR that may be applicable beyond the HIV epidemic, with a focus on service delivery, finance and human resources for health. Presentations will include research from four PEPFAR implementing agencies. 

  • Alexandra Zuber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA (moderator)
  • Karen Cavanaugh, United States Agency for International Development, USA 
  • Lyn Middleton, Health Resources and Services Administration, USA

Panel Two: Innovative metrics for capacity-building and country-led programming, will highlight innovative metrics to quantify and measure capacity in the HIV/AIDS response. Presentations will include important health systems metrics work conducted by PEPFAR and the Global Fund. 

  • Mai Hijazi, United States Agency for International Development, USA (moderator)
  • Eric Sarriot, ICF International, USA
  • Dr. Reshma Trasi, Leadership, Management & Governance Project, Management Sciences for Health 
  • George Shakarishvili, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria



Fostering Change for Scale-up of Effective Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Room 1.41 | 9h00-17h00 



Everyone working to improve health, at all levels, is in the business of fostering or implementing change. The session is for health professionals who want to bring about widespread, lasting change in their countries—health professionals who want to move beyond the myriad of promising pilot projects to building stronger, more effective health systems.  The Guide to Fostering Change to Scale Up Effective Health Services provides a systematic ‘how-to’ process for introducing and scaling up innovations in health. The Guide serves as a ‘missing link’ to assist countries in systematically identifying effective practices, planning and implementing their scale-up, to make the kind of impact that we know you want to make in your respective health systems. 

Join us to learn proven practices to help lead change efforts, identify and describe key components to scaling up, hear experiences in scaling up reproductive health practices and programs—including scaling up youth-friendly family planning services in Zimbabwe—and practice applying these methodologies to specific scaling-up processes. Participants will leave the workshop with new resources, tools and actionable steps they can take to support scale-up efforts in their particular contexts. 

Panelists are:

  • Suzanne Reier, Public Health Advisor, WHO, Geneva (moderator)
  • Odongo Odiyo, East, Central, and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community
  • Cynthia Chasokela, Director, Nursing and Midwifery Services, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe
  • Kate Wilson, Technical Advisor, Leadership, Management & Governance Project, Management Sciences for Health, USA
  • Nandita Thatte, Technical Advisor, USAID, USA


Check out our conference blog for a full list of our presentations at the symposium. And visit us at booth 21 in the marketplace!