The world as we know it might be on fire, but that doesn’t mean the ITM Emerging Voices venture slows down. Two of our Emerging Voices managed to get their essay published this week, Irene Masanja in Malaria Journal, and Lungiswa Nkonki in WHO Bulletin. Congratulations to them for getting beyond the difficult hurdle of publishing. Patience and persistence eventually paid off. We hope many others will follow suit.

Many of the Emerging Voices 2010 who attended the Global Symposium in Montreux are currently also involved in a Health Systems Research and knowledge translation mapping exercise ITM is conducting with the support of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research in a number of low-and middle income countries. We are very happy to be able to draw on their expertise and commitment for this mapping venture, and some of you might in fact be interviewed by them later this month. Pilot testing of the interview toolkit just took place in Ethiopia and Cambodia. The mapping promises to be an interesting exercise on knowledge translation as well as a rewarding experience for the Emerging voices.


Meanwhile, ITM also kicks off the Emerging voices 2012 project, which should feed into the second global symposium that will take place in Beijing in early November 2012. Once again, we hope young health systems researchers from the Global South can make a blast on the global stage, and we will again try our best at ITM to facilitate this. Some Emerging Voices 2010 will also act as role models and coaches for the new crop of candidates. So the Emerging Voices journey continues…


Emerging Voices 2012: You want to be part of it? Sharpen your pencil and be ready to submit your abstract: the symposium’s draft programme is already available on the website of the Alliance and the Emerging Voices eligibility criteria and selection process will appear on the official symposium website in the days to come. Don’t miss it!

David Hercot, Kristof Decoster

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