It was a pleasure to take part in the recent Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver. It was equally heartening to see how researchers and policy makers in global health are becoming more and more interconnected -- which is vital to its continued success and growth.
Community health workers play an important role in reducing maternal and child mortality, but as international researchers in the field, our experience shows that much more can be done to support them.
As an emergency physician in Toronto, Canada's largest city, I am privileged to have access to the latest research evidence, medical tools and technology. I also have access to a network of professional colleagues who I can call on for advice and assistance.
Surely it is high time to "go to the community and just listen.
Pr Seni Kouanda est un Chercheur senior à l’Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé et Enseignant au département de Santé Publique de la faculté de Médecine de l’Université de Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso.