HQSS at #HSR2018: Lancet Global Health Commission academic report launch at the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

October 8th-12th 2018, Liverpool, UK

From October 8th to 12th over 2,000 health systems enthusiasts gathered in Liverpool UK for an exciting week of talks and workshops. We kicked off the week with a satellite session on Tuesday featuring presentations of Commission findings followed by panel discussions, debates and questions from the audience. Nearly 200 people participated in the satellite session.

Commission Chair, Dr. Margaret Kruk, introduced the commission report, presented the new definition of high-quality health systems and the quality framework, and discussed results from the first commission key findings: “High quality health systems could save over 8 million lives each year in low- and middle-income countries.”

Lead researchers Catherine Arsenault and Keely Jordan presented findings from section 2 and 3 of the report: the state of health system quality and the ethical basis of high-quality care.

A panel moderated by Zoe Mullan, Editor in Chief of the Lancet Global health, discussed the role of quality in UHC (featuring Ole Norheim (University of Bergen) Sebastián García Saisó (Mexico Ministry of Health) and Blerta Maliqi (World Health Organization)).

Commission findings on measurement were presented by lead researcher Hannah Leslie followed by a panel moderated by Tanya Marchant (LSHTM), and panelists Svetlana Doubova (Mexican Institute of Social Security), Mike English ( KEMRI – Wellcome Trust), Andrew Likaka (Malawi Ministry of Health).

Finally, lead researcher Sanam Roder-Dewan presented the commissions main findings on quality improvement followed by a heated debate moderated by Lisa Hirschhorn (Northwestern Univsersity) and with panelists Pierre Barker (Institure for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Gagan Tapa (former Minister of Health of Nepal and Member of Parliament), Nana Twum-Danso (MAZA, Ghana) and Alex Rowe (CDC).

And last but not least, we had the privilege to hear surprise guest speaker Abhay Shukla (SATHI/People’s health movement, India) speak about the Commission’s messages from his perspective as an activist and in the context of the right to health movement.

Five other Commission-related sessions on quality of care took place during the week at HSR, including a satellite session held by Commissioner Alex Rowe (CDC) on a systematic review of strategies to improve health care provider performance, presentations by Catherine Arsenault (Harvard) on inequities in antenatal care quality in 91 countries, Anna Gage (Harvard) on service redesign for delivery care in six countries, and a technical working group session on quality improvement led by Lisa Hisrchhorn (Northwestern University) and including presentations by Sanam Roder-Dewan, Pierre Barker, Nana Twum-Danso, Alex Rowe, Ernest Konadu Asiedu (Ghana Ministry of Health) and Andrew Likaka.

To finish the week on the right note, the commission held a panel on the experiences of national Quality commissions including speakers from Ethiopia, Ghana, Mexico, Tanzania and South Africa, moderated by commission coordinator Anna Gage.