Nigeria gives birth to Society for Health Policy Research and Knowledge Translation

16 December 2016 | On 29 November 2016, Nigeria gave birth to the first Society for Health Policy Research and Knowledge Translation at Abakaliki in Nigeria. Founding President of the Society, Dr Jesse Uneke said, “The launch of this Society represents nearly 8 years of advocating and building the field of health policy and systems."

Connecting policymakers and researchers for improved health policies and programme implementation

16 December 2016 |The Alliance supported the participation of more than 20 policy makers from 18 countries to partake in the Fourth Global Symposium in Vancouver. "Oftentimes, knowing what works is not enough. It comes down to how it is operationalised in a country. This is why the Alliance is connecting researchers and policy makers to sit at the same table to find out how best to strengthen health policies and programme implementation," explains, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Executive Director, Dr Abdul Ghaffar.

Participatory Leadership Report launched at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

17 November 2016 | The Alliance launched its Flagship Report "Open Mindsets: Participatory Leadership for Health" at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, along with a special issue on “Effective Leadership for Health Systems” in the Health Systems & Reform Journal. Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director of the Alliance said, “As we advance into the Sustainable Development Goals era, it becomes increasingly clear that traditional individualistic and hierarchical leadership approaches are out of date and ineffectual."

Highlights from the fourth global symposium on health systems and policy research, 2016

HSR 2016 logo

16 December 2016 | The Alliance welcomed the outcomes of the recent Symposium on Health Policy and Systems Research, which was attended by more than 2 000 delegates from over 100 countries. The symposium closed with the issuing of the Vancouver Statement, which was read by the Chair of Health Systems Global, Dr Kabir Sheikh. The Statement identified several key actions that need to be taken by researchers, donors and policy-makers.


  • 16 February 2017

    Research that languishes in journals represents an opportunity lost

    The importance of embedding research within health systems gets spotlighted in The Times Higher Education (THE). For healthcare research to bring practical benefits beyond the realm of academia...

  • 15 February 2017

    Strengthening health systems through embedded research

    Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director for the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research explains why health systems research needs to involve policy makers and programme managers in the February 2017 issue of WHO’s Bulletin.

  • 16 December

    A grantee’s perspective

    The Alliance provides grants to research institutions in low and middle-income countries to undertake health policy and systems. In this section, a previous and/or existing Grantee shares their experience. Karen Daniels a specialist scientist, shares her experience with the Alliance

  • 30 November

    Strengthening public health practice at local districts

    From 21-25 November 2016, 20 public health experts met in Bellagio, Italy to develop a way forward to assist countries strengthen public health practice as a way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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