Oxford Policy Management to share learnings at infectious diseases conference
The Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) is being held in Bangkok, Thailand from 29 January to 3 February, under the title ‘Making the world safe from the threats of emerging infectious diseases’. As part of the conference, Alex Jones (a health consultant at Oxford Policy Management [OPM]) is convening a side meeting on 29 January, titled ‘Learning for Action Across Health Systems: Initial findings for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’ (BMGF).
PMAC brings together representatives from across the globe – high-level policy and decision makers, thought leaders, subject matter experts, researchers, representatives from international organisations, academia, donors, foundations, civil society and the private sector – to develop a shared vision for making to the world safe from the threats of emerging infectious diseases.
Learning for Action Across Health Systems
The ‘Learning for Action Across Health Systems’ research Jones is sharing, commissioned by BMGF, concerns the practice of drawing lessons from the experiences, challenges and successes of one health system and using them to inform decisions in another. Improved cross system learning in low-income countries could enable health systems to capitalise on better information and knowledge in the drive to achieve universal health coverage. Through a series of case studies, expert interviews, international workshops and literature reviews we have identified areas of significant future potential to recommend an investment strategy for the global health community.
This meeting will share new evidence about what, why, and how countries learn from each other while implementing health sector reforms, reflect on the identified gaps in cross-country learning, and consider and discuss options for addressing these gaps. It provides a usefulopportunity for members of the global health community to contribute their perspectives and tacit knowledge to the analysis of potential new initiatives.
Speakers and contributors
Speakers and contributors at this meeting include Barbara McPake (Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne), Ian Anderson (formerly of AusAID, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank), Juma Kariburyo (former Minister of Health, Burundi), Eusebio Chaquisse (Ministry of Health, Mozambique), Clifford Kamara (former Director of Planning within the Ministry of Health, Sierra Leone), and Alex Jones, Nouria Brikci, and Tomas Lievens of OPM.
Find full details of this meeting and the rest of the PMAC conference at the conference website.
Read more about learning from other countries’ health systems in Alex Jones’ blog post, ‘Would you rather give birth in 1900 or 2017?’