IHP news #411

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  • Global governance of health
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By on March 24, 2017   Dear Colleagues,

After last week’s (admittedly rather dark) intro to this newsletter, Shakira Choonara called me half-jokingly the “Goth of health systems”. So I decided to return the favor and invited her to write this week’s intro. While I’m heading to the goth shop to get the appropriate outfit & mascara, Shakira informs us of her (far more uplifting) Theory of Change for our messy world. Check it out and then let me know which health systems “nickname” we can use from now on for Shakira in the future 🙂.  


“My theory of change predicts that achieving our health systems goals is possible but will include a range of specific tasks/ activities and stakeholders to achieve these desired goals, or as the International Women’s Day tagline aptly advocated, #BeBoldForChange! In a recent interview, I argued that change will come, eventually, but only if all of us have a moral compass, especially avoiding corrupt(ing) activities of the world, and if we fight against injustice both within healthcare and outside of our field.

I began a career in health systems at just the age of 23 years old. At the time, I grappled with having almost non-existent platforms for youth to shape important discussions and ooze our boldness. A turning point and transition to being a change-maker was definitely being selected as an Emerging Voice in 2014, in which I began to speak out, whether there were platforms available or not. So yes, I would argue that it is not all doom and gloom, it is possible to follow a path of social justice, which is tough but interestingly the world still has room for. For example, being recognised through the recent glamourous and heart-warming title of Woman of the Year in Healthcare in South Africa in 2017   is testament to this!

I would argue that both an individual and our collective path for change i.e. to achieve our (only slightly) utopian goals of UHC and the SDGs rely on three key actions by our #HPSR community:

  1. Overcome capitalism – Marxism rightly describes the role of class in all other social ills.
  2. Keep nurturing and growing a community of trouble-makers, (uhrm) I mean activists.
  3. Constant reflection and self-accountability around our actions and the impact or lack thereof on patients’ rights and health outcomes.

More importantly, to achieve 1,2 and 3, do continue reading our IHP newsletters, they’re certainly the right place to start! “


In this week’s IHP Featured article, Stephanie Topp gives her take on the recently launched HQSS Commission.


Enjoy your reading.

The editorial team




(you find the pdf-version of the newsletter here: IHPn411 )

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