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Liverpool Launch of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era

October 9, 2018 | Liverpool, UK

The HQSS Commission Report will be presented at a satellite session of HSR 2018: The 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, scheduled for October 8-12, 2018 in Liverpool, UK. The satellite session, titled “Catalyzing health system quality in low-and-middle income countries: Launch of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era” will focus on the presentation and discussion of the Commission’s findings and recommendations.  See the table below for a full list of HQSS related events at HSR.



More information regarding HSR 2018 can be found here.

Creating a Quality of Care Revolution to Save Lives

Changing our approach to RMNCH in the Era of UHC

September 25 | 9:00-11:00am
633 3rd Avenue, 22nd floor | New York, New York

Join us in a discussion at the UNICEF offices on how we create a revolution in quality of care that will ensure that every mother and child has access to the quality care that is their right.

Read more about the event on the HQSS Blog.


Global Launch of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era report

September 6, 2018 | Washington, DC

The quality revolution has started. The report was launched on September 6th at the beautiful United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Nearly 200 people registered to attend the event and over 600 watched the live webcasts online in English and Spanish. We are extremely grateful to our amazing guest speakers and panelists for the stimulating debates on advancing the quality agenda in the SDG era. Read through quotes from the event below, and click the images to watch the relevant section of the launch.

Opening remarks by Dr. Amy Pollack, Director of MNCH Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“I was very impressed with the efforts made to consolidate the points of view of 30 Commissioners from 18 different countries”

Video by Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization


“Achieving Universal Health Coverage demands a relentless focus on primary health care that delivers safe, effective and people-centered care. That is the meaning of quality.”

“We need to move from measuring what services are provided to how they are provided”



Key Findings by Dr. Margaret Kruk, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Commission Chair

“2018 is the year of thinking about quality and we very much hope that 2019 will be the year of action on quality”

“Health systems without quality are like cars without engines or stoves without wood. They look like the real thing, but do not generate motion or heat.”

Dr. Muntaqa Umar Sadiq, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria

“What is the role of health finance and arrangements in shaping the systems level change?”


Panel: The role of high-quality health systems in the SDG era

Moderator: Zoë Mullan, The Lancet Global Health
Mickey Chopra, The World Bank Group
Svetlana V. Doubova, Mexican Institute of Social Security
Abhay Shukla, Support for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives

“What sets this report apart, other than its enormous inclusiveness, rigorousness and how much evidence it amassed, is its focus on the patient.”

“As an activist, I am used to critiquing reports. I am today in an unprecedented situation because I have come here to appreciate this report. It is quite unique and different from other reports.”

“A revolution means a systemic change. To achieve quality of health care, tinkering is not going to be enough.”

“Quality is easy to recognize but difficult to define, and even more difficult to achieve”

Panel: From evidence to action

Moderator: Mariam Claeson, Global Financing Facility
Malebona Precious Matsoso, National Department of Health, South Africa
Ferdinando Regalia, The Inter-American Development Bank
Gagan Kumar Thapa, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

“We are talking about putting effective coverage at the center of UHC. I want to see UH-E-C on the agenda.”

“We’ve achieved high coverage in Latin American countries. But when we look at effective coverage, we find astounding gaps”

“The HIV/AIDS program in South Africa is the biggest in the world. It has reached coverage of 4.7 million people on treatment. But expanding coverage came at a cost of reduced quality. Its opportune for us to look back and understand how we’ve achieved this expanded coverage: through partnership and leadership. Governing for quality – which is discussed in the report – is central to kickstart this revolution.”

“A quality health system has become a priority political agenda. One key metric we can use to gauge the quality of the health system is whether policy makers and heads of state are using the public system in their own country or whether they are getting care in high-income countries. This shows both a lack of trust and a lack of accountability.”

Concluding Remarks by Dr. Olusoji Adeyi, The World Bank Group

“We’re now at an inflection point between legacy health systems and next generation health systems required to achieve credible universal health coverage in the era of the SDGs”

“Improving quality makes sense for every groups of stakeholders involved. Every group stands to benefit. Individuals who seek care – that pregnant woman in Burkina Faso, the middle-aged cab driver in Mexico City, the farmer in Nepal. It makes sense for the service provider who finally can take professional pride in doing the right thing, the right way, the first time and every time. It makes sense for the Ministry of Health who can finally claim that by improving quality they have fulfilled a marker of effective stewardship. It makes sense for the finance ministers, the health insurance funds, all the purchaser of services: you get better value for money when quality improves. Your money goes further, you get better efficiency.”

Check back soon for a full video of the event.

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