Innovating for the health of all:
Innovation in systems of research for health and health equity
Havana, Cuba, 16-20 November 2009
The Global Forum for Health Research is delighted to announce that its 2009 Forum meeting will take place in Havana at the invitation of the Ministry of Health of Cuba, from 16-20 November 2009.
As you know, Forum meetings bring together a wide range of stakeholders from around the world – policy-makers, development specialists, funders and leaders of research, representatives of civil society, NGOs, the media and the private sector – to engage in dialogue, to identify lessons learned from experience and to identify pathways to solutions.
Forum 2009 will focus on innovations in how systems of research for health are organized, managed, financed and applied. It will:
– highlight innovations that are already, or could be, contributing to strengthening systems of research for health and health equity;
– examine the results of research and innovation in key areas including, for example, equitable finance mechanisms in health systems;
– explore pivotal factors that are important in improving the organization of research and innovation systems to achieve more equitable health outcomes.
A definition of what we understand by innovation in systems of research for health and health equity is on our web site http://www.globalforumhealth.org.
As we begin our planning, we would like to open a call for contributions to make one of the outstanding events that the Global Forum has become known for. The deadline for submissions will be 15 January 2009 and you will be able to submit your ideas as of 1 December 2009 on our web site http://www.globalforumhealth.org. We welcome submissions from all sectors and all geographical locations, from young researchers as well as leaders in all fields relevant to research and innovation for health.
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My colleagues and I look forward to your contributions. Cuba offers an exceptional setting for Forum 2009, as an attractive and vibrant location and as the focal point for national and regional examples of innovation. We hope you will be able to join us there.
Stephen A. Matlin