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Sessions at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing

posted Oct 30, 2012, 8:21 AM by Kate Hawkins   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 11:08 PM ]

The Global Symposium on Health Systems Research officially gets going tomorrow although many of our colleagues have been involved in pre-conference events like Emerging Voices for Global Health. There is a packed formal agenda as well as a host of side-events, receptions, launches, breakfast meetings and market stalls to navigate. We would like to provide a round-up of all sessions with a focus on the private sector. However, we can’t promise a definitive list. Here are some of the papers that we know about. We hope you find it useful. If we have missed anything please do get in contact.

Our thanks to Dominic Montagu and team from the Global Health Group at University of California, San Francisco for compiling this information.





Thursday 1st November, 7:45-9:15


305 D/E

SESSION: Health Systems Research Methodologies: Aligning Measurement between organizations to assess private sector impact 

·         Testing the applicability of a disability-adjusted life year model for measuring health impact of social-franchise programmes in low- and middle-income countries (Dominic Montagu, Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco)

·         Measuring the Quality of Private Providers in Myanmar (Tin Aung, Population Services International, Myanmar)

·         Piloting the equity assessment of social franchises (Nirali Shah, Population Services International, USA) 

·         Aligning measurement between organizations: Population Services International ‘s disability
adjusted life year models and Marie Stopes International's Impact 2 model  (
Kenzo Fry, Marie Stopes International, United Kingdom)


Thursday 1st November, 11:30-13:00



SESSION: Comparative Health Systems in Asia – Public-Private Participation 

·         New challenges of private and public relationships for 21st-century super-aged society (Toshihiko Hasegawa, Nippon University, Japan)

·         Regulating public-private participation of healthcare in China (Haichao Lei, Beijing Health Bureau, China)

·         The paradox of regulating healthcare in India (Dayashankar Maurya, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore)

·         Reforming the healthcare system in Fujian, China (Alex Jingwei He, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong)

·         Financing privatepublic participation for healthcare in Singapore (Kai Hong Phua, Asian Trends Monitoring, Singapore)

Thursday 1st November, 16:30-18:00



SESSION: Proposed Lancet series on the private sector in health 

·         The Private sector in health care (Sakthivel Selvaraj, Public Health Foundation of India)

·         Recent trends in working with the private sector to improve basic health care: A review of evidence and interventions (Dominic Montagu, University of California, San Francisco, Global Health Group, USA)

·         Managing the private sector in pluralistic health systems (Barbara McPake, Professor and Director, Queen Margaret University, United Kingdom) 

Thursday 1st  November, 16:30-18:00


Convention Hall, 2c

SESSION: Understanding the Private Sector

·         An investigation into the public subsidization of non‐state health facilities to expand access and financial risk protection: The experiences of and lessons learnt from Malawi. (Maureen Leah Chirwa, College of Medicine, Malawi)

·         Strengthening government primary reproductive healthcare services through social franchising in rural Viet Nam: the “tinh chi em” (Sisterhood) model (Dinh Thi Nhuan,  Marie Stopes International, Viet Nam)

·         Expanding our scope: understanding health markets in rural Cambodia (Emre Özaltin, World Bank, Cambodia)

Friday 2nd November, 7:45-9:15



SESSION: Harnessing informal providers for health systems improvement: Lessons from Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria 

·         What is the role of informal healthcare providers in developing countries? A literature review (May Sudhinaraset,  UCSF Global Health Group, USA)

·         A comparative study of informal private healthcare providers in two districts in India: Tehri Garhawl, Uttarakhand in the north, and Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in the south (Meenakshi Gautham, Centre for Research on New International Economic Order, India)

·        A study of the role of patent medicine vendors in the informal anti-malarial market in Nigeria (Oladimeji Oladepo, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

·        Treatment practices and business strategy of drug sellers in the informal medical markets in Bangladesh (Nabeel Ali, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh)

Friday 2nd November, 11:30-13:00


Convention Hall, 2a

SESSION: How can public-private partnerships improve health systems?  Lessons from Hong Kong, Singapore, and China 

·         Overview of public-private partnership framework (Eliza Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

·         Evaluation of the elderly healthcare voucher scheme in Hong Kong (Su Liu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

·         Public-private participation in healthcare for ageing populations in Asia: The case of Singapore (Kai Hong Phua, Asian Trends Monitoring, Singapore)

·         How can China better utilize public‐private partnership to improve its health system? (Hongwei Yang, China National Health Development Research Center, China)

Saturday 3rd November, 9:30-11:00

Convention Hall, 2c

SESSION: Extending service delivery through traditional and informal providers

    ·         From local innovation in chronic illness management to universal access: System dynamic approaches to policy learning (Justin Mcnab, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health)

    ·         Good health at low cost in Kerala State: The missing link of traditional medical systems? (Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies, India)

    ·         Informal providers and delivery of public goods among marginalized population: A case study  from the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, India (Garima Pathak, Public Health Foundation of India)

    ·         Health system strengthening for maternal and child health: The role of home-based counselling in the community (Fatuma Manzi, Ifakara Health Institute, United Republic of Tanzania)

Papers within broader sessions




Thursday 1st November, 7:45-9:15

201 B

SESSION: Improving access to health care in low-income countries

Where do the poor people seek healthcare in Bangladesh (Karar Zunaid Ahsan, World Bank)

Thursday 1st November, 7:45-9:15

Thursday 1st November, 11:30-13:00

Convention Hall, 2a

Convention Hall 


SESSION: China’s major health policies: Trends, impacts, and implications  

Private health insurance in China (Xiaohui Hou, World Bank)

SESSION: Improving financial protection tools for the poor: Micro-insurance, health 

savings accounts, vouchers, and how to choose among them

Healthcare savings cards in Kenya: Effect on saving for and utilization of maternity care (Thierry van Bastelaer, Abt Associates, Inc., USA)

Saturday 3rd November, 9:30-11:00


203 D

SESSION: Stakeholder analysis as a tool for health systems research: Findings from the future health systems consortium 

Linking physicians with informal healthcare providers to improve the quality of health care services in a rural area of Bangladesh: Findings from a stakeholder analysis (Abbas Bhuiya, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh)

Poster presentations




Expanding access to reproductive health services for the poor and underserved through social franchising (Thoai Ngo, Marie Stopes International, UK)



Mapping informal health providers in urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Ahmed Tanvir, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh)


Quantifying the Role of Private Health Providers in HIV Testing: Analysis of Data from 23 Countries (Douglas Johnson, Abt Associates, United States) 



Differences In Prescribing Patterns Of Dispensing Doctors And Other Medicine Providers In South Africa  (Martie Lubbe, North-West University, South Africa) 

Reducing the cost of private-sector antiretrovirals in Namibia: A means to increase access (Thierryvan Bastelaer, Principal Associate, Abt Associates, USA)


Neonatal illness in rural Bangladesh: Effect of a well-functioning health facility on the informal care providers (Ahmed Ehsanur Rahman, ICDDR,B Bangladesh) 


Social Franchising and Demand-Side Financing: Where supply meets demand (Ben Bellows, Pop Council Kenya)