Recently, the Private Sector in Health institutionalised itself as a thematic working group (TWG) as part of Health Systems Global. Although we will continue our long-standing relationship with the International Health Economics Association, we are also participating in the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.

The TWG will be holding two meetings with its membership:
  1. Tuesday, 30 September between 13:00-15:00 on the Rooftop Terrace for an initial meeting of members of the thematic working group
  2. Thursday, 2 October between 13:15-14:15 in room 1.43-1.44 to discuss our activities for the next year
If you're in Cape Town for the Symposium, we hope you'll join us. If you're not in town, you can still follow along on Twitter, either by following @psinhealth or by keeping track of the #HSR2014 hashtag.

The Symposium programme is jam packed. To help our membership to find panels and posters relevant to the Private Sector in Health, we've started compiling a list of relevant sessions. This is a non-exhaustive list of panels either contributed by our membership or that the TWG coordinators thought might be of interest to the TWG. If you have other suggestions for panels or posters, do get in touch at psinhealth@gmail.com.

PSinHealth at HSR 2014

Session nameDateTimeRoom
Can community-based health insurance work as a pathway to universal health coverage? What lessons can we learn to inform country decision-making? October 1, 2014 11:30-13:00 Auditorium 2 
Assessing ‘whole system’ performance  October 1, 2014 11:30-13:00 2.61-63 
Unpleasant reality or pillars of universal health coverage: An informed debate about informal healthcare providers in Asia and Africa October 1, 2014 14:30-16:00 Roof Terrace 
Universal health coverage experiences in Africa and Asia  October 1, 2014 14:30-16:00 1.42 
Strategic purchasing: An approach to bringing citizens’ perspectives to the health system October 2, 2014 11:30-13:00 Auditorium 2 
Knowledge-sharing mechanisms, implementation research tools and lessons learned from grantees of the UN Innovations Working Group Catalytic mHealth Grant Mechanism for MDGs 4 and 5  October 2, 2014 14:30-16:00 Roof Terrace 
A voice in the conversation: Simulating a healthcare social business initiative from the perspective of patients, carers, physicians, nurses, community healthcare workers and pharmacists October 2, 2014 16:30-18:00 1.42 
The challenges of corruption, accountability and partnerships in people-centred health systems October 2, 2014 16:30-18:00 Roof Terrace 
Launch of the Flagship Report of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research 2014 Medicines in health systems: Advancing access, affordability and appropriate use October 3, 2014 08:15-09:15 1.43-44 
Health insurance October 3, 2014 11:30-13:00 1.42 
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