Professor Lucy Gilson holds an appointment both at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Professor Gilson's research interests reside in health policy and systems research.
Researchers from Europe and Africa gathered in Oxford on the 27th and 28th February 2014 to share knowledge on health systems research, economics and governance in health management.
The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is a major Wellcome Trust’s overseas programmes. Its work has had a major influence on national and international health policy. Research spans a wide variety of topics and disciplines including research on malaria and bacterial and viral infectious diseases, work to map disease risk and intervention coverage and work on research ethics and health systems strengthening.
Lucy shares her experience in South Africa and Kenya while outlining the role of RESYST and its areas of focus which are: governance, policy implementation, accountability & health system change. Her presentation highlights examples of learning sites as a model to understanding implementation of health systems research. Challenges in these learning sites are discussed and possible ways to address them. Finally she discusses the need to strengthen leadership and governance within the district health system as a means to improve implementation of policy.