|Montreux Statement from the Steering Committee of the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research|
From November 16-19, 2010, 1,200 participants from over 100 countries gathered in Montreux, Switzerland for the First Global Symposium on health systems research. Under the theme â€œscience to accelerate universal coverageâ€ the Symposium reviewed state-of-the art research and discussed strategies for strengthening the field of health systems research.
After five days of keynotes, plenaries, concurrent sessions, satellites and informal discussions and debates, the Steering Committee recognizes that there is an enormous energy to move forward with a further agenda of action reflecting the spirit and commitment that brought us to Montreux from Mexico and Mali. This agenda includes:
1) Bringing this symposium to fruition by electronically preserving and disseminating the intellectual products and knowledge discourse, ensuring their appropriate archiving and creating channels of innovative communication.
2) Creating an international society for health systems research, knowledge and innovation, which under the umbrella of â€œscience to accelerate UHCâ€, will take forward the collective opportunities identified by participants in Montreux with the aim of building greater constituency, credibility and capacity for systems research on health globally.
3) Articulating a further agenda of â€œimprovementâ€ and â€œactionâ€ related to research on systems for health
4) Gather for a Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in 2012 or 2013 to evaluate progress, share insights and recalibrate the agenda of science to accelerate universal health coverage. China has kindly offered to host such a symposium.