2009 Symposium

The Global Health Council’s 2009 Research Symposium is a day-long event for researchers, policy makers, and implementers to examine the ways in which research can be effectively used to address obstacles to delivery of goods and services. The Symposium will be divided into two sections: a morning session and an afternoon session.


Morning Session


Title: “Product Development, Delivery Bottlenecks”



  • Matthew Lynch, Director of the Global Program on Malaria Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Presenters:  

    • Dr. Ambrose O. Talisuna, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV)
    • Yvette Collymore, PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI)
    • Jane Kengeya-Kayondo, Strategic Alliances Coordinator, Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)


    Despite the booming development of new technologies to improve global health over the past decade, the delivery and implementation of new interventions has been slow and inequitable.  Numerous challenges prevent or hamper the uptake of these new services and products, including political, structural and economic policies. The goal of this session is to identify pitfalls in the development-to-delivery pipeline, to determine the necessary steps to streamline the process, and to identify ways in which research can be used to find solutions.


    The morning session is comprised of three parts: an hour of panel presentations, an hour of facilitated group discussion, and an hour of report-out. The panel presentations will address the factors that contribute to delivery bottlenecks and product pileup, the importance of community input in product development and delivery, and the need for continued operations research to scale-up successful interventions. The group discussion will focus on questions relating to these presentations, in addition to other themes related to the development-to-delivery pipeline. The report-out will provide the participants with an opportunity to share and discuss their findings and devise a framework to continue the discussion generated at the Symposium. 


    Afternoon Session


    Title: “Improving Health Outcomes in Mixed Public-Private Health Systems”



    • Dai Hozumi, PATH
    • Sofi Bergkvist, Haseltine Foundation
    • Gery Bloom, Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
    • Gina Lagomarsino, Results for Development Institute (R4D)


    Achieving good and equitable health outcomes for poor people around the world depends on the performance of health systems. Today, many developing countries have what can be characterized as “mixed” public/private health systems.  These countries, which historically attempted to create centrally-planned and publicly provided health systems, have over time organically evolved toward high levels of market activity with numerous private providers and very high out-of-pocket spending.  Country-level institutions and stewardship structures have not kept pace with this evolution of health systems, leading to underperforming health systems infrastructures and poor health outcomes for developing countries’ populations. 


    This panel will present new research on strategies to harness the resources of the private health sector by creating effective frameworks for improved public-private collaboration with the goal of attaining better performing “mixed” health systems. More specifically, presenters will focus on ways for key stakeholders (e.g. national governments, donors and international institutions) to support the development of models that recognize opportunities to harness the private health sector, while mitigating the serious risks that can occur when the private sector operates unregulated. This research was completed by the technical partners of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Transforming Health Systems (THS) initiative.


  1. what other types of businesses other than coffee contribute? what is the business donations/donations from private individuals ratio?

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