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GHF2014 – PL02 – Integrated Health Systems in a Pluralistic and Fast Changing Environment

Prof. Don de Savigny
Head, Health Systems Interventions Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Prof. Recep Akdağ
Former Minister of Health of Turkey between 2002 and 2013, Turkey
Mr. Jacques Mader
Regional Health Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Switzerland
Prof. Manoris Meshack
Team Leader, Health Promotion System Strengthening Project in Dodoma, Tanzania
Dr. David B. Evans
Director, Department of Health Systems Financing, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Discuss the drivers and enabling factors that determine health systems ‘ability to better integrate their critical functions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health systems as all organizations, people, and actions whose primary intent is to promote, restore, or maintain health. An effective health system is a core institution, no less important than a fair justice system or democratic political system. Depending how they are designed and governed health systems can empower people thus alleviating suffering or further exclude them, deepening inequity and worsening the experience of poverty. Strong and equitable health systems contribute to the progress toward universal health coverage and sustainable development. In a context of profound demographic and epidemiological changes and highly pluralistic environments characterized by multiple public and private providers, the integration of the various activities, resources and actors that are shaping health systems remains a challenge.Drawing on the experiences three countries pursuing reforms to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) and the personal journeys of actors involved in health system development, this session will aim to discuss the contextual drivers and factors that are shaping health systems transformation towards universal health coverage.

Don de Savigny_squareProf. Don de Savigny

Professor de Savigny is an epidemiologist and public health specialist and currently Head of the Health Systems Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel.  He has extensive experience in conducting and facilitating health research in developing countries and has lived and worked for many years in Africa.  He chairs or is a member of a number of WHO, RBM, Global Fund, and TDR advisory committees and networks such as COHRED, the Health Metrics Network and the INDEPTH Network.  His current research focuses on interventions to strengthen health systems in developing countries, and on the health system effects of Global Health Initiatives for scaling up access.


RecepAkdagSquareProf. Recep Akdağ, Turkey

Recep Akdag was born in Erzurum, Turkey in 1960. As a pediatrician, he has been holding a professor title from the Ataturk University School of Medicine since 1999. During his career as a medical specialist and academician, he had been involved in a number of administrative tasks. Between 1994 and 1998, he worked as the Deputy Chief Medical Director, Chairman of the Procurement Commission and Deputy Editor of the Medical Bulletin in the Research Hospital of the Medical Faculty of Ataturk University. He also co-founded the Biotechnology Research Center of the University and served as the Deputy Head of the Center from 1997 to 2000. (Read more...)


jacques Mader_squareMr. Jacques Mader

Jacques Mader has several decades of multifaceted experience of the health sector in various positions. He’s always been more of a practitioner than a theoretician, more of a (critical) user than a producer of research results. Over the years and thanks to his practice in a great variety of contexts he has become increasingly pragmatic. He strives to use his expertise to promote equity in the access to health resources as well as a broader approach on the determinants of health.


Prof. Manoris Meshack

Manoris Meshack was a Team leader of a component of Tanzania Essential Health Project in Developing a community based approach for rehabilitation for Health facilities for Morogoro and Rufiji; after successful completion of the two regions was tasked to roll out the plan to the whole country. Trained District teams and village teams of the same districts and supervised the implementation which was very successful both by constructing the facilities, developing a sustainable maintenance system and reduction of costs. Thereafter Lead a multidisciplinary team for developing, training and implementation  a countrywide approach on community infrastructure rehabilitation in the process rolling out of the approach, to the whole country on the same approach.

From 2001 he was founder member for initiating Tanzania network for Community Health Funds and was the first Secretary General of the Network until he retired in 2006.

He also acted as consultant in Dar es salaam Urban Health Project; he acted as facilitator in Lake Victoria Basin Development program and operated in East African contest.

Manoris Meshack has been Deputy Vice Chancellor Planning and Finance latter promoted to Vice Chancellor Academics. He was appointed to start a New University and acted for one 1year as Project leader before he was appointed to the post of Vice Chancellor until the completion of his term. From 06/2011 to date Manoris Meshack has been employed  as a Team leader of Health Promotion System Strengthening project in Dodoma.


David_evansDr. David B. Evans

David B. Evans, Director of the Department of Health Systems Financing in the Cluster on Health Systems and Services at WHO, has a PhD in economics and worked as an academic and consultant in Australia and Singapore before joining WHO in 1990. His work has covered the social and economic aspects of tropical disease control, the assessment of health system performance and the generation, analysis and use of evidence for health policy. His current responsibility is the development of effective, efficient and equitable health financing systems, through technical support to countries, generation and use of evidence, capacity strengthening and partnership with other development agencies and initiatives. He was the lead author for the World Health Report 2010 (Health Systems Financing: the Path to Universal Coverage).




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