ACCESS Health International and Rockefeller Foundation have come together to create a cross country learning and knowledge sharing platform towards building resilient health systems, in preparation for future pandemics and other health threats.  The Global Learning Collaborative for Health Systems Resilience (GLC4HSR) is being developed as a network of technical experts, national and sub-national practitioners, and health policy actors among others. ACCESS Health India will house the central secretariat of the GLC4HSR.

COVID-19 bared glaring gaps in health systems’ preparedness across countries. In the aftermath of the global pandemic, governments are revisiting their strategies and policies towards strengthening their health and other social support systems. Each country, big or small, offers important and unique lessons on its health systems preparedness and its tackling of the crises. In a large country like India, varied lessons can be drawn from the health systems response of individual states. 

Given the above context, there is a need for a collaborative approach to learning as each country analyses what worked and what failed in their pandemic response. While technical experts continue to generate evidence from region specific systematic studies, a collaborative learning approach between technical experts and practitioners from diverse geographies is likely to be more effective in driving evidence-based policy action. 

To realize the need for global collaboration in this regard, the GLC4HSR is being set up with the broad objective of creating a network of relevant stakeholders towards for co-creating and sharing knowledge on building resilient health systems. The ultimate objective is to equip countries with knowledge that can help them both prevent and be better prepared to handle major public health crises of the future.  

Speaking about what sets GLC4HSR apart, Dr. Krishna Reddy Nallamalla, Country Director (India), ACCESS Health International said, “Reciprocal learning between low, middle, and high-income countries, public and private health sectors, academicians and practitioners, and payers and providers and the co-creation of knowledge to nurture collaborative learning shall be the uniqueness of the Global Learning Collaborative. Learning shall enable leadership to build strong and resilient health systems.”

As the secretariat, ACCESS Health International will be responsible for designing the network, governing it, mobilizing membership, identifying learning themes, operationalizing and running knowledge sharing platform including conducting events, and ensuring long term sustainability for the platform. ACCESS Health has been previously associated with creating the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Transforming Health Systems (THS) initiative. 
If you are interested in becoming a member of the collaborative, you are requested to write to us at girish.bommakanti@accessh.org.

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