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Global Health Challenges Seminar Series 2021

This seminar series was coordinated in October-November 2021 by Health Systems Collaborative with our Africa and Asia Programmes.

Our aim was to introduce scientists to the field of health systems research through examples, and enable new connections to be made across groups and countries for those with shared interests or with an interest in expanding the range of methods they use in their research. 

We ran four sessions, focusing on contemporary global health challenges. Each session included an introductory, expert talk to outline the breadth of the challenge and set the scene, followed by examples of how different types of health systems/social science research are being employed to tackle challenges and change health systems or health care practices.

Research approaches discussed across the four sessions included policy development, governance and regulation, human resources and service delivery, approaches to co-design, implementation, and practical ethics.

Composite image of (1) A healthcare worker talking to two women, in India; (2) PPE items drying on racks: (3) African newborns in bassinets

What counts as interdisciplinary research and Tackling AMR

Session 1, 7th October 2021. This seminar was chaired by Sassy Molyneux and Ben Cooper

  • Interdisciplinary research to address global health challenges – definitions and illustrative examples, by Sassy Molyneux
  • Tackling AMR - overview of the problem and strategies needed to address it, by Ben Cooper
  • Situational analysis of AMR in Laos, by Vilada Chansamouth
  • Antibiotic stewardship in Vietnam, by Huong Vu
  • Systems approaches to AMR in Kenya, by Jacob McKnight
  • Rapid diagnostics: the implementation problem, by Sebastian Fuller
  • One health approaches to AMR, by Bipin Adhikari

Sassy Molyneux: Tackling global health challenges

Professor Sassy Molyneux from Health Systems Collaborative in Oxford tells us how we can use interdisciplinary research to change health care.

Ben Cooper: Tackling AMR, overview & strategies

Professor Ben Cooper from the Drug-Resistant Infections and Disease Dynamics group in Oxford gives an overview of AMR and strategies needed

Vilada Chansamouth: AMR and AMU in Lao PDR

Dr Vilada Chansamouth from our LOMWRU Unit in Vientiane, Lao PDR, tells us about antimicrobial use and resistance in Lao PDR.

Huong Vu: Antibiotic stewardship in Viet Nam

Dr Huong Vu Thi La from OUCRU in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, tells us about antibiotic stewardship in Vietnam.

Jacob McKnight: What counts as interdisciplinary AMR research?

Dr Jacob McKnight from Health Systems Collaborative in Oxford tells us what counts as interdisciplinary research in antimicrobial resistance.

Sebastian Fuller: Point-of-care tests to reduce AMR in STI

Dr Sebastian Fuller from Health Systems Collaborative in Oxford tells us about the development of point-of-care tests to reduce AMR in STI

Bipin Adhikari: One health approaches to AMR

Dr Bipin Adhikari from MORU and based in Nepal tells us about One health approaches to antimicrobial resistance.

Introducing new technologies and changing practices

Session 2, 21st October 2021. This seminar was chaired by Mike English

  • Illustrative overview and implementation challenges, by Sonia Lewycka & Nga Do
  • Socio-technical context of ICU, by An Luu Phuoc
  • Using human centred design example of the technique in practice, by Naomi Muinga
  • Using Normalisation Process Theory to explore mHealth implementation, by Shobhana Nagraj
  • Digital health policy and programmes for hospital care in Vietnam, a scoping review, by Duc Minh Tran

Mike English: Introducing new technologies and changing practices

Professor Mike English from Health Systems Collaborative gives us a short introduction to Introducing new technologies and changing practices.

Sonia Lewycka & Nga Do: Illustrative overview and implementation challenges

Sonia Lewycka and Nga Thi Thuy Do from OUCRU give us an overview of the challenges when introducing new technologies.

An Luu Phuoc: Socio-technical context of Intensive Care Units innovations

An Luu Phuoc from OUCRU tells us about their trial on the socio-technical context of Intensive Care Units in Vietnamese hospitals.

Naomi Muinga: Using human centred design (HCD) - example of how the technique works in practice

Naomi Muinga from KWTRP tells us how her team designed a new comprehensive newborn monitoring chart.

Shobhana Nagraj: Using normalisation process theory to explore mHealth implementation

Shobhana Nagraj from Health Systems Collaboratives in Oxford tells us how she used normalisation process theory to explore mHealth implementation in India.

Duc Minh Tran: Digital health policy and programmes for hospital care in Vietnam, a scoping review

Duc Minh Tran from OUCRU tells us about a scoping review on digital health policy and programmes for hospital care in Vietnam.

Ensuring medicine quality

Session 3, 4th November 2021. This seminar was chaired by Paul Newton

  • Paul Newton: A very brief Introduction to SF medical product research
  • Kerlijn Van Assche: The Globe lay literature system & what it does and does not tell us
  • Celine Caillet: Policy challenges for medicine quality screening devices
  • Yoel Lubell: The health economy of screening devices
  • Kate Enright: Elusive quality
  • Heather Hamill: Trust in medicines

Paul Newton: Substandard and Falsified medical product research

Paul Newton from IDDO gives us an introduction to Substandard and Falsified medical product research.

Kerlijn Van Assche: The Globe lay literature system & what it does (not) tell us

Kerlijn Van Assche from IDDO tells us about the Globe lay literature system, what it does and does not tell us.

Celine Caillet: Policy challenges for medicine quality screening devices

Celine Caillet from IDDO tells us about Policy challenges for medicine quality screening devices.

Yoel Lubell: The health economy of screening devices

Yoel Lubell from MORU tells us about the cost-effectiveness of field detection devices for medicine quality in Laos PDR.

Kate Enright: Elusive quality

Kate Enright tells us about the various factors that need to be factored in when dealing with procurement of medicines in LMICs

Heather Hamill: Trust in medicines

Heather Hamill tells us about the multiple aspects of Trust in medicines.