About EV4GH

About Emerging Voices for Global Health

Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) is an innovative multi-partner blended training program that includes face-to-face training and virtual training components, for young, promising and emerging health policy & systems researchers, decision-makers and other health system professionals with an interest in becoming influential global health voices and/or local change makers, particularly in LMIC.

The EV4GH venture was initially conceived by the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp in 2010 with the aim of empowering health systems researchers from the global South by providing them with intensive skills training and facilitating their participation in global health symposia. After initial success with a small cohort of researchers aspiring for local change and global impact, the EV4GH venture began to involve more institutions from across several LMICs. Five previous EV4GH editions have been organized, all linked to an international or regional global health event. In 2010, EV4GH was linked to the First Global Symposium of Health Systems Research in Montreux, in 2012 to the Second Global Symposium in Beijing, in 2013 to the International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA) in Cape Town, in 2014 to the Third Global Symposium of Health Systems Research in Cape Town, in 2016 to the fourth Global Symposium of Health Systems Research in Vancouver and in 2018 to the fifth Global Symposium of Health Systems Research in Dubai.

In 2015, EV4GH was accepted as a Thematic Working Group of Health Systems Global (HSG). The key activities of the group include: organising EV4GH events at global health conferences; hosting webinars; arranging young researcher workshops; facilitating networking between different EV cohorts & regions; and Google Group thematic discussions.

Over time, the emerging voices (EV) initiative has acquired a life of its own with over 260 EVs from 6 cohorts (2010-16) representing close to 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin, North and Central America. EV4GH has reconfigured itself with a globally representative elected governance board and a secretariat based at the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore (IPH).

How to apply?

There will be two tracks for which participants can apply to be an EV 2020. While one track is reserved for researchers involved in health policy and systems research, the other track seeks to attract health professionals, activists, decision or policy-makers and/or other health systems actors.


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What does Emerging Voices 2020 track offer to EVs?

  • Develop writing, presentation, moderation, networking, social media and other communication skills through innovative training formats (during the distance and Face-to-Face stages), to enable publication in journals, global health blogs or on social media and become more effective on the global stage
  • Test the newly acquired skills in a pre- conference (with some invited senior researchers & policy makers)
  • Introduce and advance young health system researchers’ content knowledge about global health governance, health policy & systems research and other related topics, including via interaction with senior people in the field during the Face-to-Face stage
  • Facilitate participation of young health  researchers, decision makers and other health system professionals and change makers in the Sixth Global Symposium on Health System Research in Dubai (including via posters, oral presentations, social media and as rapporteurs)
  • Network with other young researchers, professionals, peers as well as senior researchers, policy makers and experts in health systems and Global health
  • Involve Alumni EVs in capacity building and national & international partnership
  • Become part of the Emerging Voices for Global Health Network with members working all over the world, and receive information on opportunities to participate in workshops, courses and conferencesp

Expected Outcomes

EV 2020 Expected outputs for each Emerging Voice participant:

Poster presentation

Knowledge of tools and strategies to become a more effective health systems/policy influencer

Oral presentation during pre-conference (in an innovative format)

Active participation in the Sixth Global Symposium on Health System Research in Dubai

Blogs, publications and other forms to disseminate messages


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