HSR2020 Handover: AUB and MBRSG are hosting the 6th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

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After the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2018) held in Liverpool, the American University of Beirut, through its Knowledge to Policy Center (K2P) and in close collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government will officially host the 6th Symposium in the EMR for the first time.

The handover ceremony took place during the closing plenary of HSR2018, after a week of deep discussions and insightful debates and presentations, in which the K2P team and AUB’s different centers had a major impact. Starting with The Health Systems Global Vice- Chair, Dr. Asha George closing statement, in which she of emphasized the need to combine socially relevant science with effective accountable institutions in the path towards attainment of health and equity, she added: “In the face of public health challenges, social solidarity, smart use of scarce resources and innovation are welcome to improve the field.”

For answering “Why the Eastern Mediterranean Region”, the handover ceremony started with a video developed by K2P Center that described the importance of the region in impacting major health discoveries, inventions, and contributions in today’s world medical, public health and science fields. But as different multi-faceted challenges still face the region, this much-anticipated event will present a platform for the region and beyond for strategic partnerships within the EMR to successfully address health and development challenges, with a focus on the role of academia in consolidating an evidence-based approach for an effective health and social policies in the region. 
And as the work for the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research debut, collaborators reinforced their full commitment to build bridges across intellectually diverse regions, unite individuals and institutions from all around the globe, and unleash collective capacity to strengthen health systems.