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MPH Health Systems Track Students - Winners of WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research Essay Competition

19 Apr 2017 - 15:15

Amanda Edwards, Eleanor Whyle, Annabel Grieve, Chelsea Lee and Chirag Rajpuria (a collective of current and previous Health Systems Track MPH students), drew on their diverse disciplinary backgrounds, experience, and HPSR learning to write the winning essay, titled: ‘Expanding the Boundaries of HPSR: A Southern Perspective’ – which went through several rounds of review and beat off 83 other submissions from around the world.


Amanda Edwards (left) presenting the winning essay in Sweden – standing with Prof Lucy Gilson (right) and Prof Anne Mills (middle)

Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director of the Alliance commended the quality of the essay, saying also that it was encouraging to see “…that young researchers are recognizing the importance of this field for stronger and resilient health systems especially as we look at innovative approaches to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC)”.

The writing team will receive a cash prize and will be presenting their paper at a high level conference on ‘Health Policy and Systems Research: 20 Years On’ – in Stockholm Sweden, in late April 2017. 

The winning papers can be read here: http://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/news/2017/winner-essay/en/