During a press briefing on COVID-19 the 8th of April 2020, Dr Bruce Aylward, Special Adviser to WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, highlighted the need for countries to understand that the virus can overwhelm even the most robust health systems, resulting in the need to entirely reconfigure health sectors in response (read more here)
The ongoing establishment of The Global Health Network's 'COVID-19 Working Groups' aims to address the discussion and gather consensus on the emerging COVID-19 research gaps across low-resource settings. This working group is set up to work around ways to strengthen health systems.
Researchers from across the globe working or wanting to work in health systems have come together in this group to discuss ideas, form collaborations, access funding as well as share outputs and resources that others can use. There is so much experience that can be applied here - let's use that to help this immediate need to supporting research everywhere there are cases, now!
On the 16th of June, The Global Healh Netwok supported the first virutial meeting for the 'Health Systems Research Open Working Group'. The meeting was organised in respose to questions raised in the COVID-19 workshops which highlighted the need for greated discussion regaring the impact on health systems.
Over 70 people registered to be members of this WG and around 30 attended the first team meeting from 24 different countries, shown below:
Areas of interest from the members of this group are
After a meeting with the team leaders on the 02/07/2020 it was agreed that the best plan of action would be to identify 2 or 3 key topics for the WG to focus on and write protocols for. Using the themes identified in the report from the first meeting, a survey was disseminated asking the members of the Group to assert their areas of particular experience and interest. From this survey, which had 70 responses and a report of which can be found here, the following topics were identified as the immediate priorities for the WG to work on:
It was also decided that the next call with all members of the WG will take place on 16 July 2020, 13:00 - 14:00. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a member of the group and have not yet received an invite to this call.
A discussion forum is available here for members of this Working Group to communicate.
Here you are able to find all the working documents from the different WGs for you to comment on
If you are interesting please register here and we will be in touch!
We look forward to hearing back from you and hope we can work together to support a strong and equitable global research response during this Pandemic