HQSS Commission Meetings

Second Meeting of the HQSS Commission, December 11-15, Johannesburg, South Africa

Even as snow shut down airports and cancelled flights from the US to the Netherlands, HQSS Commissioners, secretariat, and national commission representatives made their way to Johannesburg, SA for the second meeting of the HQSS Commission. Co-hosted by the Department of Health of South Africa, this meeting was an opportunity to share the key challenges facing health systems in the definition, measurement, and improvement of quality.

The first two days of meetings were an opportunity for national commissions to share their countries’ successes and challenges in measuring and improving quality. Representatives from nine countries presented their work: Argentina, Ethiopia, Mexico, Malawi, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, addresses the crowd during the public portion of the Commission Meeting

Wednesday, December 13th was a public session meant to share the Commission’s work with the public and attended by over 100 stakeholders. The Honorable Minister of Health of South Africa, Aaron Motsoaledi, opened the meeting by reminding the audience that quality is a non-negotiable commitment of health systems to people. Other speakers included Ms. Gwendoline Ramokgopa, Member of the Executive Committee of Gauteng Province and Commissioner Precious Matsosos, Director General of the Department of Health. Following the presentations, panels on the Quality of Care in South Africa and the HQSS National Commissions presented their work and engaged in discussion with the audience.

In the final two days of the meeting, HQSS global Commissioners and research team reviewed the first draft of the Commission’s report. Following the meeting, the research staff will continue to revise the report with the aim of submitting to Lancet Global Health in February 2018.
Click through the photos below, and be sure to check out the HQSS Blog in January for reflections on the meeting from the participants.

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HQSS Boston Inception Meeting, March 13th – 15th



Despite icy temperatures and one of the worst Boston snowfalls of Winter 2017, Commissioners, Advisory Council members, and researchers convened for the inception meeting of the Lancet Global Health HQSS Commission from March 13th to 15th.

The three-day meeting began with a full-day public event co-hosted by Harvard Global Health Institute and the HQSS Commission. The event challenged speakers, Commissioners, and over 300 in-person and web-based audience members to stir debate and ask new questions on defining and delivering quality in health systems of low and middle income countries. Learn more about the first day here.

The second and third days of the inception meeting were restricted to Commissioners and the Advisory Council. Both days focused on setting the agenda for the Commission’s work over the next two years. Commissioners and Advisory Council members outlined and organized Commission efforts into four working groups, Definition and Description, Measurement, Improvement, and Ethics and Equity.

Commissioners also discussed plans to establish National Commissions – independent commissions on quality within countries. Several countries will begin establishing national commissions, more information will be posted on our website as National Commissions are finalized.

Throughout the two days, Commissioners emphasized several themes: 1. Patients are at the center of quality efforts and are arbiters of quality; 2. Quality measurement must be efficient and focused on what matters most rather than what is easily measured; 3. Equity is integral – health systems must provide quality for all people.

Following the meeting, Commissioners and researchers will begin work on analyses and research. Check out our HQSS Blog and new research under Our Work for up-to-date activities of the HQSS Commission.