The second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research brought together over 1,700 researchers, policymakers, funders, implementers, civil servants and media representatives to share new evidence, identify opportunities and gaps, build understanding across disciplinary boundaries, and discuss the way forward to support HSR and the use of evidence in decision making in low- and middle-income counties. The symposium was held in Beijing, China November 1 – 4, 2012. For more information on the symposium, click here.
A panel discussion, chaired by Professor Dean Jamison of University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and lead editor of Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition, addressed universal health care and the efficient purchase of financial protection. The panel consisted of three presentations led by DCP3 contributors Stéphane Verguet, Arindam Nandi, and Margaret Kruk.
Stéphane Verguet (University of Washington) presented on economic evaluation of universal public finance of tuberculosis treatment in South Asia. Following the presentation, a discussion was led by Professor Wanchuan Lin of Peking University.
Arindam Nandi (CDDEP) presented on economic evaluation of universal public finance of rotavirus immunization for South Asia. Following Arindam's presentation a discussion was led by Damian Walker of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Margaret Kruk (Columbia University) presented on averting borrowing and asset sales to pay for essential surgery, financial protection and health policy. Following the presentation a discussion was led by Dr. Gustavo Nigenda of Harvard University.