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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Over 700 practitioners from 37 countries exchange views on the lessons learned from a decade of change.
The USAID-sponsored conference on Ten Years of Health Systems Transition in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia was held in Washington, D. C. at the Washington Hilton Hotel and Towers on July 28-31, 2002. The agenda incorporated the enormous cross-regional diversity of approaches to health systems transition in the CEE and Eurasia geographic area and balanced country and donor representation. Over 700 participants from 37 countries attended; and the 125 presentations sparked lively discussions and a rare opportunity to gain an overview of the vast changes that have occurred.
The Conference Coordinating Committee
To guide program development USAID organized a coordinating committee, which included representatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO-Euro), the European Observatory on Health Care Systems, USAID and the American International Health Alliance (AIHA). They were actively engaged with the objective of providing a unique learning experience that could be the foundation for future health transition efforts of country leaders and donors.
Nominations for presentations were submitted by the Aga Khan Foundation, Canadian International Development Agency, DHHS, the Open Society Institute, the Humana Foundation, TACIS, the U.K. Department for International Development, USAID,WHO and the World Bank. The depth of experience reflected in conference presentations was substantial.
Media coverage of conference heightens visibility of health reform in the region.
To promote an active partnership between public health professionals and members of the mass media, USAID supported a group of 13 journalists who cover public health issues to attend the conference...[click here to read more….]
AFTER THE CONFERENCE
Conference participants typically complete evaluation forms to provide feedback on the quality of presentations, conference facilities, etc. Instead, participants are invited to provide comments, through the conference website, on the quality of the conference program and how you were able to apply what you learned after the conference ends. We will be sending you follow-up e-mail messages in three months and six months to invite you to share how you applied the new and improved ideas and approaches you took home from the conference.
Please send your comments to Mr. Forest Duncan, Health Development Officer, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Agency for International Development, by clicking here: [email protected]
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE
This website offers an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the challenging realities of system transition and to continue to learn from each other. The names and contact information for conferees are provided so that you may follow up with questions, comments and on-going dialogue. In addition to sharing knowledge person-to-person, you can access over 150 presentations that were made at the conference.
All plenary speeches available through audio linkages, giving the opportunity to view the power point slide presentation (when available) as you listen. The conference theme papers and presentations on the papers are also posted as part of the proceedings of each track. Power point presentations and abstracts for all panel sessions provide an additional resource where the techniques for achieving successful change are revealed.
Five key areas of reform are framework for conference program
The conference program was organized around five key areas of health system transition. Six conference theme papers provided an overview of ten years of health sector reform in the region as well as in-depth analysis of trends in each key area. These papers provided the framework for discussing reforms. Each became a dedicated track of five panel sessions. They wereTrack 1: Facing the Challenges of Health Care Financing
Track 2: Improving the Continuum of Care
Track 3: Improving the Quality of Health Services
Track 4: Mobilizing Citizens and Communities for Better Health
Track 5: Advancing Public Health
Transition leaders from many disciplines contributed to the program. These included policy makers and public sector leaders at the local, regional and national levels, clinicians, advocates, managers, journalists, academics and entrepreneurs, among others.
Topics of presentations and dialogue ranged from scholarly commentaries on trends, emerging issues and new directions to practical guidance on the challenging task of implementing durable improvements in system operations. Conferees agreed that capacity building must be a priority. Discussions concluded with a recognition that all the issues are interrelated and planning for change must recognize the complex nature of reform.
Consensus builds over 3 days of talks: Nature and pace of reform is always context specific, but there is much to learn from each other to advance change.
The conference concluded with summary reports on the most prominent messages from the five tracks and an impressive session on future directions of health system transition with the 21 leaders of country delegations and donor organizations providing commentary. While common elements of past experience and future challenges transcended all sessions, speakers noted that each country faces a different situation based on its macroeconomic, social and political context. Nonetheless, it is important to learn techniques from the experience of other countries and not repeat their mistakes.
Click here for The Conference Program at a Glance.
The first paper in this series is an overview of health sector reform in the NIS and CEE over the last decade. The following five papers introduce the five key system change areas. The papers represent the views of the authors and are not meant to be definitive nor comprehensive surveys on these themes, but rather a conceptual framework for the conference participants...Read more
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