Special Session C

Innovating for Local Health: Addressing Local Needs in a Globalised Context

Local health needs of developing and developed countries are multifaceted and dynamic but can be hard for local actors to define and address within the highly structured context of 'global health'. Global health policies and practices tend necessarily to be top-down and aggregated initiatives which can obscure the varying patterns of local health needs and local health sector environments. Global health initiatives operate by identifying major global killers, including pandemics and epidemics, and neglegted diseases that are amenable to international initiative. However, local actors also bring to health policies their own perspectives on local needs, and their own scope for addressing local priorities; these can both be supported by, and in conflict with, the local impact of global programmes.

The panel seeks to explore the scope for sharing local perspectives on local health systems, within the current globalised policy and funding context. New and innovative approaches can be generated locally, and autonomous scope for local initiative is required in order for local health needs to be identified and addressed. The panel brings together perspectives on innovation in health systems focusing on low and middle income countries, to explore topics including funding, impact, equity, risk and governance of innovations in and for local public health. Designed to be short, thought-provoking presentations, the papers individually and collectively aim to share and interrogate evidence on the importance of the connection between the 'global' and the 'local' and to build a network of researchers studying innovation for local public health within a global context.

Prof. Maureen MacKintosh, The Open University, UK

Samuel Wangwe, REPOA, Tanzania: Enhancing industrial productivity, health sector performance and policy synergies for local health in Kenya and Tanzania
Julius Mugwagwa, The Open University: Refracting global health innovations into local contexts: whi decides and how?
Geoffrey Banda, Edinburg University: Local pharmaceutical production for stronger local health systems: fact or myth?
Theo Papaioannou and Andrew Watkins, The Open University: Industry associations and local health systems: the case of India and South Africa
Dinar Kale, The Open University: How can local medical device industries play a bigger role in local public health?

Julius Mugwagwa, Open University, UK