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  • 14 August 2017, 14:15-17:00

    Open lecture on health innovation: Engineering Solutions for Health Systems Strengthening

    Professor Muhammad H. Zaman is Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University. He will discuss the challenge in developing solutions for health systems strengthening and our approach in addressing those challenges based on case studies. The first case study focuses on our work to improve the quality of medicines and increasing access to quality medicines in Ghana and Indonesia. The second case study focuses on using quantitative systems modeling to improve maternal health outcomes in Zanzibar (at the facility level) and in Yemen (at the national level).

    Description: While technological innovation and engineering solutions have made a significant impact on diagnostic testing and data capture for global health applications, the impact on overall system strengthening and improvement has been relatively small. As a consequence, despite advancement in point-of-care solutions, gaps in equitable access to quality healthcare remain as major challenges in global health. The bulk of our research in global health, in the last decade, has aimed at bridging this gap. Using two case studies from our own work, Prof. Zaman will bring to discussion the challenge in developing solutions for health systems strengthening and our approach in addressing those challenges. The first case study will focus on our work to improve the quality of medicines and increasing access to quality medicines in Ghana and Indonesia. The second case study will focus on using quantitative systems modeling to improve maternal health outcomes in Zanzibar (at the facility level) and in Yemen (at the national level). Finally, Prof. Zaman will present some opportunities to develop collaborative and multi-disciplinary solutions for pressing problems at the systems level using engineering, public health and policy.

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