IDRC at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver

November 16, 2016

More than 2,000 global health thinkers and practitioners from around the world gather to exchange policy-relevant research findings and results at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research every two years. This year’s event, hosted in Vancouver from November 14–18, 2016, is focused on building resilient and responsive health systems. 

Health systems around the world are facing shocks and stresses brought about by infectious disease outbreaks and hidden epidemics like mental illness and malnutrition. IDRC is committed to building strong and resilient health systems to withstand these global challenges and mitigate the effects of emerging and future crises.

IDRC representatives and research partners are participating in a number of events and panels to share findings from our programming on health systems research and the role of think tanks in achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. A panel discussion on Friday, November 18, brings researchers from five Canadian and African teams together under the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa initiative. They will share the following emerging findings related to practical solutions to improve maternal and child health:

IDRC is a regular supporter of the biannual symposium. Our funding has enabled up to 40 delegates from low- and middle-income countries to attend the Vancouver event. Their participation enriches debates and introduces them to researchers and decision-makers from Canada and around the world.

Read more about IDRC’s Maternal and Child Health program

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