The Alliance will release Rapid Reviews to Strengthen Health Policy and Systems: A Practical Guide

11 August 2017 -- The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research is pleased to announce that a new publication titled Rapid Reviews to Strengthen Health Policy and Systems: A Practical Guide will be released at the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town on 13th September 2017.

Scaling up Mumbai's Maternal Health Referral System through Implementation Research

6 July 2017 | The Alliance together with the Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action, a non-profit organization supported implementation research to scale-up referral processes in Mumbai, India. This has helped to ensure that pregnant women attend up to 8 antenatal care visits as recommended by WHO to improve maternal and child health.

Launch of Learning Engaging and Advocating for Policy and Systems Research Forum

6 July 2017 | In an effort to coordinate and harmonize efforts across global actors working in health policy and systems research, a Learning Engaging and Advocating for Policy and Systems Research (LEAP) Forum was established. LEAP is an international network of organizations who have come together to coordinate efforts in generating and using policy and systems knowledge to share lessons learned and promote research that is embedded in health systems to enhance its use in decision-making.

Seminar - World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research

Dr Marie-Paule Kieny and Dr Abdul Ghaffar presenting the World Report on HPSR

19 June 2017 | The Health Systems and Innovation Cluster, WHO, organized a lunch time seminar on the World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research. Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General of the Cluster, presented the Report and answered the questions raised by participants. Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director of the Alliance chaired the session. The Report describes the growth of the field, the funding trends over the past 20 years and the state of institutional capacity on LMICs. This Report was formerly launched at the Sida Headquarters in Stockholm on 25 April 2017.

Alliance 20th Anniversary!

Lennart Båge, Acting Director-General, Sida, opening the meeting

8 May 2017 | From 25 to 26 April 2017, more than 50 health experts, donors, researchers and policy-makers gathered in Stockholm, Sweden to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the inception of the Alliance. The meeting was hosted by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

News and events

  • 2 August 2017

    Call for participants for health policy and systems research priorities ranking exercise

    Are you interested in the Sustainable Development Goals? How about the links between social protection and health systems, or how multi-sectoral collaboration can be strengthened?

  • 27 July 2017

    Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative

    The Alliance is one of the founding organizations of the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI), a new consortium that aims to develop the capacity to produce and use research synthesis in LMICs.
    Watch the video below to find out more about GESI and how to join its network.

  • 6 July 2017

    Results Based Financing for Health Gains Momentum

    The Alliance’s research programme, Taking Results Based Financing (RBF) from Scheme to System continues to make waves. After well attended sessions at major conferences held last year, this year marked the culmination of this research with the release of a special issue titled, “Taking Results Based Financing from Scheme to System” published in the journal Health Systems and Reform.

  • 7 June 2017

    Bellagio White Paper - Public health performance strengthening at districts

    In November 2016, 20 experts in public health practice met in Bellagio, Italy, to discuss strategies to help districts improve public health practice. The White Paper below documents the proceedings from this meeting. If you would like to find out more and put White Paper ideas into action, please write to Dr David Bishai who is organizing this initiative.

  • 19 May 2017

    University of Western Cape School of Public Health - Winter school 2017

    The University of the Western Cape School of Public Health presents the 39th short-course school. These courses expose health and health-related workers to the latest thinking in public health and enable them to discuss and exchange ideas on improved planning and implementation of primary health care in the changing environment of the developing world.


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