Setting the Global Health Research Agenda – Bamako 2008
Here’s your opportunity to influence the global health research agenda: the WHO is asking for global input on their agenda for the 2008 Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health via meetings with stakeholders, an on-line consultative questionnaire, and will be holding a structured e-forum in Spring 2008 to discuss the agenda. The call for conference papers will be sent out in February 2008, and the Lancet will publish an issue on global health to complement the conference – article submissions for inclusion are due in June 2008. The conference will be held in Bamako, Mali from 17-19 November 2008.
PURPOSE AND MEETING IMPACT
“From Mexico to Mali: a new course for global health” in the 12 January 2008 Lancet spotlights the planning process and expected impact of this meeting. The first meeting was convened in 2004 in Mexico City, and according to Lancet’s article:
“Ministers attending the  summit committed to three key priorities: health-systems research, securing public confidence in research, and bridging the gap between knowledge and action.
These developments might have helped to stimulate the recent explosion of innovative new ideas and initiatives in global health. First, some innovative developing countries (IDCs) such as Brazil, China, India, and South Africa have become important producers of low-cost drugs and vaccines. Second, donors and developing countries have both begun, rightly, to embrace science and technology as key drivers of social and economic development.
The purpose of the 2008 conference is to strengthen research for health, development and equity, by generating increased commitment to research and innovation, and by developing coherence and connectivity between the many different stakeholders active in this field.
Our theme “research for health” reflects the need to link discussions on health research more closely with ongoing developments in science and technology, and with the broader research community in education, food, water, and agriculture. Research on social and environmental determinants of health, and new directions in e-health, impact evaluation, implementation research and participatory research will be explored. However, this is not an academic conference. There will be panel discussions and debates, round-tables for in-depth preparation, and a host of opportunities for networking in order to ensure that a step change can be made in the effectiveness of global and national efforts in research for health.”
YOU: HOW TO PARTICIPATE – Global Consultation and Call for Papers
Here’s the request for global participation:
The 2008 Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health aims to bring together around 1000 stakeholders including Ministers of health, science & technology, and social development; researchers; civil society organizations; national research funding councils; donor agencies; philanthropic foundations; and representatives of the private sector. The numbers are limited for logistical reasons and the Bamako 2008 Programme Committee is responsible for issuing the invitations.
- 150 places will be reserved for authors of papers, and a world-wide call for abstracts will be issued in February 2008.
- Two consultative questionnaires, one for NGOs and one for Researchers/Health Professionals are available on this website.
- Your participation in one or both of these questionnaires will help us to identify key points, issues and topics within the research for health area, that need to be brought forward for discussion at Bamako 2008.
- Your ideas and suggestions will serve as a basis for the more detailed round of structured e-forum discussion which will be held (in both English and French) during spring 2008.
Strengthening of leadership for health, development, and equity—empowering governments to develop structured and prioritised policies for research for health as part of their broader research strategies and to improve systems capacities for the implementation of those policies; and enhancing international collaboration to address global and national health-research challenges
Engagement of all relevant constituencies in research and innovation for health—ensuring inclusion of public and private actors, different sectors and disciplines, civil society, and local, national, and international organisations in both the content and process of such research in a coherent and coordinated manner to improve the governance of global health research
Increased accountability of research systems—measure outcomes and assess the impact of research for health, monitor initiatives and partnerships involved in research for health, and earn public confidence by setting standards for fair, transparent, and equitable research processes.
Manuscripts should be submitted online: http://ees.elsevier.com/thelancet to The Lancet by June 2, 2008. In your covering note, please state that your submission is in response to this call for papers. The bulk of manuscripts should follow the usual journal format for original research papers, but can also include case studies and other less research-oriented submissions.