Some of the key activities of COPASAH at GSHSR include the following
COPASAH members participated in a satellite session titled, ‘New Resources and Opportunities for Participatory Research in Health Systems: Areas of focus for Health Systems Global,’ held on September 30, 2014. Dr Abhijit Das, director of CHSJ (India), along with D. Walter Flores (CEGGS, Guatemala) representing COPASAH made presentations on behalf of COPASAH, in association with Rene Loewenson, EQUINET, East and Southern Africa (COPASAH global steering committee members) in the satellite session. This session premised upon presentations and discussions with participants on the issues, resources and capacities for participatory research and deliberated how these could be developed and supported through the SHaPeS Thematic Working Group in Health Systems Global. It reviewed the work done and launched the key resources on participatory action research, social accountability and innovations in social media in health systems research from networks such as EQUINET and COPASAH. The session was organised by COPASAH, EQUINET and Rotterdam Global Health Initiative Erasmus University, for the participatory cluster in the SHaPeS TWG for Health Systems Global
COPASAH Organised session:
A session organised by COPASAH was held on October 1, 2014 titled: ‘Building People-Centred Health Systems through the Social Empowerment of Marginalized Populations: Moving from Theory to Practice.’ The session focused upon the original experiences of learning communities and knowledge translation platforms engaged in strengthening health systems. The session was chaired by Edward Premdas Pinto (India) and the contributors from different regions included Geoffrey Oppio (Africa), RenuKhanna (Asia), Walter Flores (Latin America) and fish bowl moderator was Barbara Kaim.
COPASAH Table in Market Place
COPASAH had also set up a table in the market place showcasing the knowledge products and publications of COPASAH in the GSHSR symposium at Cape Town. The dissemination materials included COPASAH Knowledge Key (a USB with all the compiled knowledge products of COPASAH, COPASAH Communiqué (Newsletter), pamphlet on COPASAH vision and mission, the exhibition of the issue papers and case-studies of COPASAH. The COPASAH table was frequented by number of researchers who took away the research materials
Presentations by COPASAH members at GSHSR:
A number of COPASAH members from various countries gave oral presentations as well as poster presentations in the symposium.
• Dr Abhijit Das, India presented an oral paper titled, ‘Community Based Monitoring Improves Informed Choice and Quality of Care of Family Planning Services’
• Abhay Shukla, India presented an oral paper on the topic, ‘Communities Reclaim the Health System, Making Services People-Centred: Lessons from Community Monitoring and Planning of Health Services in Maharashtra, India’
• Ariel Frisancho, Peru gave an oral presentation on the theme, ‘Inequities in Health Care for the Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Population in Latin America: Contributions of Civil Society Organizations to Assemble Participatory Governance in Health Care Systems.’
• Walter Flores, Guatemala presented an oral paper on the topic, ‘Exploring the Governance of the Guatemalan Health System: Power Relations Affecting Decision-Making and its Implications for Equity’
• Jashodhara Dasgupta, India gave an oral paper presentation on the topic, ‘Informed, Organized and Empowered: Poor Rural Women's Negotiations for Health and its Social Determinants in Uttar Pradesh, India’
• Barbara Kaim, Zimbabwe was the facilitator of one day Post Global Symposium Workshop titled ‘Participatory Action Research in People Centred Health Systems’ held on October 4, 2014. This workshop was hosted by TARSC and pra4equity network in the Regional Network for Equity in Health in east and southern Africa (EQUINET) and Asociación Latinoamericana de Medicina Social (ALAMES).
• Poster tilted, ‘Human Rights Education for Monitoring Capacity Building of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) for Accelerating State Responsiveness to Human Rights Issues of Health Care Madhya Pradesh (MP), India’ was presented by E. Premdas Pinto (Director – Research and Advocacy) from CHSJ, co-authored with Dr Abhijit Das, India.
• Poster titled ‘Open Learning Spirals: Pedagogical Innovations for Peer Learning to Facilitate Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building towards People Oriented Health Systems in South Asia’ was presented by Dr Abhijit Das (Director CHSJ, India) co-authored with E. Premdas Pinto
• Poster tilted, ‘Strengthening Quality of Maternal Health Care through Social Accountability mechanisms - Experiences from Selected Districts of Gujarat, India’ was presented by Renu Khana, India; co-authored with Sunanda Gunju et. al. India
• Poster titled ‘Community Action for Health - Community Led Evidence Collection, Planning and Action to Strengthen Public Health System’ was presented by Ameer Khan, Kamal Khan and Rakhal Gaitonde (India)