SAATHII was one of the partners of The International Conference on Health Systems Strengthening (ICONHSS), hosted by the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (TNHSP) of Government of Tamil Nadu from May 6-10, 2010 in Chennai. This conference was possible due to the collective partnership of NACO, the World Bank, USAID-INDIA, WHO, TANSACS, ICMR, APAC-VHS, SAATHII, NRHM, the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University (TNMMU), PHMI, and Chettinad Health City.
This conference brought together 600 participants with diverse experiences across the globe, including students, doctors, researchers, public health academicians and professionals, government officials, donor representatives, health service providers, information specialists, media persons, etc.
Dr. Raghavan, president of SAATHII, was the convener of the Program Committee and Dr. L. Ramakrishnan, country director of SAATHII, was the co-convener of the Abstracts, Posters and Publication Committee. Dr. Raghavan was also responsible for summarizing the conference learning at the closing session.
The objectives of the conference were:
- To discuss implementation issues in enhancing health systems with respect to service delivery, financing, human resources, and governance.
- To share international experiences for promoting cross-learning of good practices in health systems strengthening.
- To guide national and state policies for improving health systems, with respect to service delivery, financing, human resources, and governance.