Health Conference 2017 - Conference Subthemes

THE CONFERENCE WILL HAVE FOUR SUBTHEMES AS FOLLOWS:

1. Advancing clinical and biomedical research for improved health outcome

2. Health systems strengthening: A journey towards policy-research connection

3. Social, environmental and population research: Advancing research and science in partnership with consumers of health services

4. Health research financing, innovation, and resource for sustainable development

1. ADVANCING CLINICAL AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOR IMPROVED HEALTH OUTCOMES

Biomedical research is research with the goal of understanding normal and abnormal human functioning, at the molecular, cellular, organ system and whole body levels, including development of tools and techniques to be applied for this purpose; developing new therapies or devices that improve health or the quality of life of individuals, up to the point where they are tested on human subjects. Biomedical research may also include studies on human subjects that do not have a diagnostic or therapeutic orientation. Clinical research is research with the goal of improving the diagnosis, and treatment (including rehabilitation and palliation) of disease and injury; improving the health and quality of life of individuals as they pass through normal life stages. Clinical research usually encompasses research on, or for the treatment of, patients.

Abstracts for this sub-theme can be submitted under the following tracks:

Track 1a: Health across the lifespan

Track 1b: Prevention, control and management of communicable diseases

Track 1c: Prevention, control and management of non-communicable diseases

Track 1d: HIV prevention, antiretroviral treatment & HIV care

Track 1e: Sexual & reproductive health and rights

2. HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING: A JOURNEY TOWARDS POLICY-RESEARCH CONNECTION

This sub-theme focuses on analysing, engaging, and challenging power and politics, in health systems research (HSR), health systems development or learning strategies, in relation to the broad conference theme of Research-Based Evidence for Improved Policy, Programming and Practice. Health systems research includes health services research which focus on research with the goal of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health professionals and the health care system, through changes to practice and policy. Health systems research is a multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviours affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and, ultimately, health and well-being.This sub-theme incorporates research and experience from different settings, that explore the nature of, and strategies for building, resilience to unexpected shocks and in the face of the ongoing daily demands of every health system (such as funding, human resources and data for decision-making needs). Submissions under this sub-theme can address areas of ongoing and/or emerging and as-yet unidentified future needs (e.g. climate change, urbanization, unforeseen outbreaks), as well as efforts to improve health care access and intersectoral action on the social determinants of health related to unfinished and emerging needs, sustaining gains and absorbing (or averting) shocks. They may also present innovative research approaches around these issues or relevant experience of learning communities.

Abstracts for this sub-theme can be submitted under the following tracks:

Track 2a: Health governance: power and politics of health systems

Track 2b: Human resource for health-staffing norms

Track 2c: Continuous quality improvement for better health outcomes

Track 2d: Organisational culture and system performance

Track 2e: Health system response to changing demographics

Track 2f: Health access for key and vulnerable populations

3. SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND POPULATION RESEARCH: ADVANCING RESEARCH AND SCIENCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CONSUMERS OF HEALTH SERVICES

Population and public health research comprises research with the goal of improving the health of the population, or of defined sub-populations, through a better understanding of the ways in which social, cultural, environmental, occupational and economic factors determine health status including the priorities and realities of populations facing vulnerability and marginalization in order to put into practice and sustain our value base of gender, social and health equity, social inclusion, and ethics in policy, practice and research. This sub-theme also proposes new partnerships and collaborations through which the symposium themes can be advanced.

Abstracts for this sub-theme can be submitted under the following tracks:

Track 3a: Developing system-focused multi-actor partnerships to increase availability, access, affordability, and use of medicines and services

Track 3b: Communication, negotiation, and mediation skills and processes for effective partnerships

Track 3c: New mechanisms and approaches to enhancing research use by communities and health systems practitioners

Track 3d: Community/civil society engagement

Track 3e: Innovative ways and strategies to address Stigma & discrimination

Track 3f: Ensuring quality and socially responsive health services for key and vulnerable populations

4. HEALTH RESEARCH FINANCING, INNOVATION AND RESOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Fiscal space is commonly defined as the budgetary room that allows a government to provide resources for public purposes without undermining fiscal sustainability. Macroeconomic conditions, budget reprioritization towards health and measures to improve efficiency are the three most important drivers for enlarging fiscal space for health. Health research needs to be prioritized within the fiscal space. Funding of the national health agenda and synergy to ensure availability of research funding aligned with the principles of responsible innovation, creating value for society in an ethical and responsible way. Responsible innovation in health service delivery is a process that seeks to promote creativity and opportunities for service delivery science and innovation that are socially desirable and undertaken in the public interest. Successful research projects, pilots and innovations need to be scaled up but often time, financial resources are limited.Abstracts in a given sub-theme may address any of funding and resource mobilization for, cutting-edge research, innovative research approaches and measures, Novel strategies for developing capacity, Learning communities and knowledge translation, Innovative practice in health systems development.

Abstracts for this sub-theme can be submitted under the following tracks:

Track 4a: Economics, financing, policy, regulatory and ethical issues

Track 4b: Sustainable development through Health research Financing

Track 4c: Resource mobilization for health investments

Track 4d: Sustainable public, private, and civil society partnerships

Track 4e: Health and Research Finance and Regulatory Mechanisms