Health Partnership Symposium 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
28 February | 1 March
90 delegates from 18 countries, 33 speakers presenting on all things health partnerships: the Health Partnership Symposium 2017 was a fantastic demonstration of the power of collaboration in global health.
We were extremely proud to hold the symposium in Tanzania as it has always been THET’s ultimate concern that the voice of overseas partners is championed and listened to.
“We need to work together with Governments to strengthen our health systems and not try to shame them with the gaps in the systems”
Professor Francis Omaswa - Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), highlighted the important of strong and meaningful monitoring and evaluation in encouraging governments to invest in health care.
Over two days delegates gathered to look at different areas of health systems strengthening, including the building blocks of human resources for health, partnership approaches, sustainability and different country contexts and circumstances.
The Health Partnership Scheme, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by THET, have made huge contributions to the strengthening of health systems worldwide.
As Andrew Jones, Head of Partnerships at THET noted in his welcome remarks:
Over 130 health institutions have been strengthened through strong partnerships between UK and overseas institutions in thirty-two countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East with over 63,000 health workers trained and 60,000 UK health worker days spent volunteering.
Professor Muhammed Kambi, Chief Medical Officer for MoHCDGEC, Tanzania, our guest of honour, spoke of how health partnerships have aligned with Tanzanian government priorities to strengthen the health workforce throughout the country.
Dr Shams Syeds, Programme Manager for African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS), World Health Organisation, added an extremely valuable and engaging WHO perspective on the partnership model. He went on to note how crucial partnership is for health system strengthening particularly fow quality improvement, which should be at the heart of health service delivery.
This is best conceptualised by a quote from Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation who stated;
What good does it do to offer free maternal care and have a high proportion of babies in delivered health facilities, if the quality of the care is sub-standard or even dangerous?
For those in slightly cooler climates (!) we were able to enjoy live updates and join interesting debates via Twitter, which came alive with the hashtag #HPSymposium and served as a great tool for networking and connection.
The launch of the webpage for our Principles of Partnership (PoPs) Movement!
The Lifebox film screening – 'The Checklist Effect':
The spontaneous forming of a mental health focus group!