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On March 11, 2022, the second anniversary of the day the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, ACCESS Health International, with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation launched the Global Learning Collaborative for Health Systems Resilience (GLC4HSR). The recording of the launch event can be viewed here.  

The GLC4HSR is envisaged as being a global community of health systems experts and actors who co-develop and share knowledge and best practices towards building resilience and preparedness of health systems against pandemics and other health and social crises. It is a cross-discipline network of technical experts, practitioners, and health policy actors from both public and private sectors. It is bringing together national and subnational governments, regional and global health bodies, the private healthcare industry, academic and research institutes, and development agencies.

The GLC4HSR will provide a platform to discuss, debate and formulate strategies to safeguard all people against future crises. GLC4HSR members gain access to resources and tools that can be applied to help health systems maintain core functions during shocks and crises.

The findings of early research done by the GLC4HSR reveal that while the existing HSR frameworks assess most of the problems inherent to the health systems, many important areas such as the need for genomic surveillance, need for use of scientific studies, and enhanced use of data for predictions need much more focus. Research finds that the Global Health Security Index rankings of countries did not tally with the actual responses and outcomes during the current pandemic, highlighting the limitations of existing assessment frameworks.

In light of the shock that the world has faced, there is a need to redefine the objectives of health systems not just to meet health needs during normal times but also during crisis times. Existing assessment frameworks and indicators need to be reworked. Even the existing boundary of health systems be expanded to include relevant social systems. GLC will encourage free dialogue around these issues. The GLC4HSR was launched amid discussions on the need for resilience in health systems and how the Collaborative will enable this dialogue.

The speakers at the launch included global health leaders such as Dr K. Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant (Health), NITI Aayog, Dr Aida Karazhanova Economic Affairs Officer at UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Dr Ming Xu, Director, Department of Global Health, Peking University School of Public Health, Dr Kotaro Tamura, Adjunct Professor, Executive Education, LKY School of National University of Singapore and Stephan Nachuk Deputy Director, Health Systems Design, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India.

The GLC4HSR Logo and its WEBSITE and knowledge portal were unveiled by chief guests Dr William. A. Haseltine, Chairman, ACCESS Health International and Ms Deepali Khanna, Managing Director, Asia Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation. The Collaborative has received catalytic funding from The Rockefeller Foundation. If you are interested in knowing more about the Collaborative and its membership process, please write to us at info@glc4hsr.org

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