Launch of the African Health Observatory – Platform on Health Systems and Policies (AHOP)

17 November, 2020

Webinar Panel Event: Launch of the African Health Observatory – Platform on Health Systems and Policies (AHOP)

Re-engineering Health Systems | Promoting Evidence-Informed Decision-Making

Today more than ever before, knowledge products are an invaluable instrument in policy design. When countries search for answers on how to re-engineer, strengthen, and transform their health systems, they turn to their neighbours, peers, and other countries that offer examples of best practice. Knowledge generation and effective translation are universal challenges that demand local, contextualised solutions.

Poorly designed, funded and managed public health systems limit equitable access to high-quality, affordable care. They require investments that drive performance through concrete action that would ultimately lead to better health outcomes for all. Global, regional and national expertise and experience in health systems strengthening – in the public and private sectors – exists, but is not currently being leveraged to its full potential. This is where health information and knowledge brokering come in, working to bridge the gap between evidence and policy, and eventually that between policy and practice.

The Platform on Health Systems and Policies, hosted by the integrated African Health Observatory (iAHO) of the WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), is a collaborative partnership to support and promote the comparison of evidence and experience between countries to foster better policies and action for improved health and well-being. Technical partners include the London School of Economics and Political Science and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; the Programme is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

AHOP leverages existing national and regional collaborations to form a network of National Centres (NCs) focused on the collation, synthesis, and packaging of information, as well as dialogue on pressing health systems and services issues in the African region. NCs currently part of AHOP include institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal.

Event Outline

This event will officially launch the AHO Platform on Health Systems and Policies. Chaired by Dr Humphrey Karamagi, the Team Leader of WHO AFRO’s Data, Analytics, and Knowledge Management unit, the webinar will feature a panel discussion on re-engineering health service delivery systems. Representatives from each of AHOP’s five National Centres will present perspectives on the challenges their health systems are facing and national efforts to build back better in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and create more resilient health systems. Panellists will also consider the role of knowledge brokering platforms like AHOP in supporting governments to reshape health systems. The floor will then be opened to wider discussion on common regional experiences and implications. The audience will engage with panellists live and through Q&A on challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned.

Date: Monday, 23 November 2020

Time: 15:00 to 17:00 (Brazzaville Time)

Languages: English with simultaneous interpretation in French and Portuguese

Audience: The webinar will be opened to WHO staff, MoH staff, partners, researchers, health professionals, policy-makers, and decision-makers at all levels of the health system.

Please Register for this webinar through the zoom link below

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HIFA profile: Pascal Mouhouelo is Head Librarian at WHO/AFRO. He is also a trainer for biomedical researchers using the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, which offers free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. He is also Coordinator of the African Index Medicus and the lead author of a PLOS Medicine 2006 article "Where There Is No Internet: Delivering Health Information via the Blue Trunk Libraries." which describes a practical way to address the local absence of internet and contemporary medical textbooks in many African health care settings. Pascal is a member of the HIFA working bgroup on Library and Information Services and is also a HIFA Country representative.

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