Twitterchat: People-centred research methods for health systems development


Another Twitterchat on health systems research is coming up, again hosted by Health Systems Global. The theme is people-centred research methods for health systems development and the chat will take place on Thursday 20th August at 14.00 BST. Some excellent panel members are lined up already, representing a number of health systems Research Programme Consortia, including ReBUILD’s own Sarah Ssali and Joanna Raven (representing the PERFORM programme).

After the 2014 Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, the Cape Town statement on People-Centred Health Systems suggests that as researchers we should: “Allow the experience of communities and health workers to be heard, through use of innovative research methods that engage and empower communities including participatory action research, photo-voice, simulations and games.” In support of this, the Twitterchat will involve a panel of researchers working on health systems, who will explain what novel approaches they have taken, challenges and un-anticipated consequences in the research process and the gains that they think these methods have brought.

The panel:

Lucy Gilson (University of Cape Town/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, South Africa/UK) is representing the Resyst RPC, and will speak about their learning sites. You can learn more in this video

Kingsley Chikaphupha (REACH Trust, Malawi), is a member of the REACHOUT RPC, and will talk about their Quality Improvement Cycles and the work he has done with the SHARP project in South Sudan

Sarah Ssali (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda) represents ReBUILD and RinGs and will talk about her work in Northern Uganda using life histories.

Valéry Ridde (University of Montreal, Canada) will talk about action research.

Edwine Barasa (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya) is also representing Resyst and will talk about their learning site.

Joanna Raven (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK) will represent the PERFORM project which is working in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda using action research to improve health workforce performance. Read her blog on ‘Addressing the human resources for health crisis’.

Miriam Taegtmeyer (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK) will also represent REACHOUT and will bring insights on the Quality Improvement Cycle method that they have used to strengthen Community Health Worker programmes in six countries in Africa and Asia.

How to join the Twitterchat:

The chat will take place on Thursday August 20th at 14.00 BST. It will use the hashtag #HSR2015. If you are not able to attend the live discussion, you can tweet your comments to @H_S_Global or @REACHOUT_Tweet using the hashtag #HSR2015.

An edited summary of the event will be produced as a Storify post shortly after the session. We will share the link.