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Workshop: Health Systems Strengthening

The Humanitarian Centre

Saturday, 19 November 2011 from 10:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Workshop: Health Systems Strengthening

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Workshop: Health Systems Strengthening (HSS)

A critical examination of the concept and practice of HSS 


Saturday 19 November, Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall

A Seminar in Two Parts

Led by Eva-Maria Hempe, of the Engineering Design Centre


  • 10am to 12pm: An introduction to the concept, history, framework and practice of "Health Systems Strengthening."  In Part 1, Eva will be joined by PLoS Medicine Senior Editor, Jocalyn Clark, who is an experienced health services researcher.
  • 12pm to 1pm: Lunch & Networking
  • 1pm to 3pm: A contextual look at "Health System Strengthening" and other 'health' 'systems' through case studies presented by experts in the field.  In  Part 2, Eva will be joined by Geoff Walsham of the Judge Business school, Bruce Mackay, of HLSP, and other researchers working in health systems.
This workshop may be of particular interest to:
  • post-graduate students pursuing a career in international health
  • clinicians, consultants and researchers who have experience in disease or population-specific programmes, and want a better understanding of a systems approach
  • NGO workers and development consultants navigating health systems in developing countries
  • persons new to global health programming who would like to understand what 'vertial' 'horizontal' and 'diagonal' approaches look like in reality
It is OK for particpants to attend either Part 1 or Part 2 based on their level of engagement with the topic: Part 1 will be a more accessible introduction/refresher to HSS and Part 2 will go into more in depth case studies.  

We will ask all participants to please contribute £10 for the workshop, as this will allow the Humanitarian Centre to cover the luncheon and logistical costs.  The trainers have all generously donated their time.  Please contact Anne Radl if this cost will impede your attendance.  

Please email with any questions
Eva-Maria Hempe's interests focus on how complex health care systems can be described and how a design process for these has to look like. Her work is part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CLAHRC and is currently focused around the Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership. 

She is generally interested in questions around knowledge creation and management, organizational learning and contextual settings. Her research focuses on health care services but she hopes to be able to draw some general conclusions for public services which could inform policy making. 

Jocalyn Clark came to PLoS in January 2008, where she is now responsible for handling research articles, commissioning and handling magazine articles, and overseeing the home page of PLoS Medicine. Previously she worked at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) (2002-2007) as editorial registrar, assistant editor, and project manager of the international campaign to revitalise academic medicine. During her time at BMJ she edited special theme issues on A Good Death, Academic Medicine, and Africa.  Jocalyn did undergraduate studies in biochemistry and microbiology and then an MSc and PhD in public health sciences. She worked as a health services researcher at the University of Toronto focusing on access to care, gender, and performance measurement.


Geoff Walsham worked for four years as an operational research analyst at BP Chemicals before taking up academic posts in operational research and then information systems. He has extensive international experience having worked as a teacher, researcher or consultant in over 25 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He was part of the senior management team for the telecommunications company Analysys during its start-up and early growth phases. Professor Walsham has also held university management posts including being Director of the Cambridge MBA. He has wide editorial experience, having been a Senior Editor of both MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research, and he is currently an editorial board member of a number of other academic journals.
Bruce Mackay is HLSP’s Lead Specialist on Private Sector with a particular interest in HIV and AIDS, social marketing and private healthcare markets. Bruce worked on HIV and AIDS prevention and care in Kenya, and on social marketing in China, Pakistan and Nigeria and has recently worked on integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health for WHO and an assessment of the effectiveness of AIDS coordination bodies in the Middle East for UNAIDS.
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Pavilion Room
Hughes Hall

United Kingdom

Saturday, 19 November 2011 from 10:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

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The Humanitarian Centre’s aim is to identify and solve problems that tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality and to alleviate their enduring symptoms. We do this in partnership with one another, by creating the space and conditions that allow us to listen and learn especially from our partners in communities and countries where poverty and inequality are most devastating. This approach enables us to take bold but thoughtful steps forward and to generate real solutions that make a tangible difference to communities worldwide.

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