Innogen · News · October 10, 2014

Innogen OU at Globelics 2014

Innogen at the Open University will present a special session on “Innovating for Local Health: Addressing Local Needs in a Globalised Context” at the 12th Globelics Conference 2014.

Chaired by Prof Maureen MacKintosh, the panel will include presentations by Drs Julius Mugwagwa, Dinar Kale, Theo Papaioannou and Andrew Watkins of the Open University, and Prof Samual Wangwe from REPOA, Tanzania.

About the session

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 neglected 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 conflict with, the local impact of global programmes.

This panel seeks to explore the scope for sharing local perspectives on local health systems, within the current globalized policy and funding contexts. 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.


Enhancing industrial productivity, health sector performance and policy synergies for local health in Kenya and Tanzania – Samuel Wangwe, REPOA, Tanzania

Refracting global health innovations into local contexts: who decides and how? – Julius Mugwagwa, The Open University

Local pharmaceutical production for stronger local health systems: fact or myth? – Geoffrey Banda, University of Edinburgh

Industry associations and local health systems: the cases of India and South Africa – Theo Papaioannou and Andrew Watkins, The Open University

How can local medical device industries play a bigger role in local public health? – Dinar Kale, The Open University