We believe that systems thinking and complexity science can be transformational in global health by increasing local capacity and shared learning, and minimizing unintended consequences.
This past month has been a busy travel month for me. I lead discussions about the HSS Consensus Statements at the CORE group fall meeting in Washington, DC, USA, and the Health Impact Assessment Conference in Rotterdam. Here are a few common themes from those conferences:
1. There truly is a broad recognition that health systems strengthening is a key to consistent, sustainable health improvements.
2. The timing for this movement is ideal.
3. Reaching a true consensus will be very difficult.
4. It will be necessary to engage a variety of stakeholder.
I’m heading off to the Global Forum for Health Research in Havana in a couple weeks, and I’ll update you as to how things went.