Systems thinking is a powerful approach and set of tools for improving health and well-being and strengthening health systems. However, the use of systems thinking remains limited in research, policy, and practice, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). SYSTAC is supported and funded by the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research.
SYSTAC is a global community of practice for systems thinking researchers, policymakers, and implementers to engage, connect, and collaborate to improve health and well-being. It seeks to be a platform for systems thinking science and practice in health policy and systems research, a community to strengthen systems thinking capacity, and an amplifier to promote and advocate for applied systems thinking in implementation and policymaking in LMICs.
The European region of the global SYSTAC network seeks to be a hub for Europe-based systems thinkers who are working inside Europe or in LMICs. The European hub is open to systems thinkers in research, policy, and practice. Our focal areas include:
- Health systems resilience
- Systems thinking for health systems strengthening
- Systems thinking in fragile and conflict-affected settings
The European hub aims to arrange regional activities that build capacity, support collaboration and practice, link members to resources and promote systems thinking for health. Our activities are member-driven, your suggestions and support are welcome.
You can also read more about SYSTAC Global on their website and request an invitation to join the global network.
Carmen Sant Fruchtman
Carmen Sant Fruchtman is a scientific collaborator at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland. Her research interests include the adaptation of systems thinking tools for practical use, as well as redesigning health systems to leave no one behind.