Cape Town Statement on Advancing Implementation Research and Delivery Science (IRDS)

The Cape Town Statement was developed by the participants of a series of consultative meetings hosted by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research within the World Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank Group, with the facilitation of the USAID|TRAction Project and Johns Hopkins University. The consensus statement on IRDS is a call for action to all stakeholders to promote dialogue and increased engagement.

Please visit the link below to learn more about IRDS and to sign the statement.

Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

The Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, co-sponsored by the Alliance, was held 30 September – 3 October 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme for this year was on people-centred health systems: health systems that recognize that people are their central focus and resource, and that address responsiveness at population and patient levels as a central goal. For a recap of Alliance-supported work at the Symposium, please see our News and events section

Launch of Flagship Report on Medicines in Health Systems

The Alliance’s 4th Flagship Report on Medicines in Health Systems: Advancing access, affordability and appropriate use was launched during a breakfast session on 3 October. Despite the early schedule, the session was very well attended. John-Arne Røtingen (Chair, Alliance Board) moderated the session. Marie-Paule Kieny (WHO Assistant Director General) opened the session with welcome remarks. Following a short presentation of the report’s content by Anita Wagner (Harvard Medical School), co-editor of the report, three panelists (Kees de Joncheere, Tim Evans, and Anban Pillay) were invited to reflect on how, as decision makers, they would take the recommendations of the report on board. More information

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AHPSR-UNICEF Call for Decision-Maker Led Implementation Research

In January 2014 the Alliance, in collaboration with UNICEF, launched a research call on decision-maker led implementation research for maternal, newborn and child health. The purpose of the call was to generate new strategies and knowledge to enable the more effective implementation of existing programmes in low- and middle-income countries. Following an extensive selection process, 10 research teams were invited to attend a week-long intensive protocol development workshop in Montreux, Switzerland in August 2014.


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Request for Proposals: Analysis of fund flows for HPSR relevant to low- and middle-income countries

13 October 2014 - There is considerable literature that analyzes trends in Development Assistance for Health as well as on health research funding more broadly. However there is a lack of easily accessible information on funding for HPSR at the global level that can be used to both inform decision-makers of the situation and serve as a tool to advocate for the field. The Alliance is inviting proposals for the development of a document/background paper to analyze funding for HPSR over the period 2009-2014. Visit our Calls for proposals section for details.

Nodal Institute News: Seminar Recap on the Future of Health Policy and Health Research in India

6 October 2014 - On 31 August, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), in its capacity as the Nodal Institute for AHPSR in India, organised a seminar on Future of Health Policy and Health Research in India. Shri Lov Verma (Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Government of India) gave the key note address while Shri Vishwa Mohan Katoch (Secretary Health Research, Government of India) chaired the opening session, followed by two panel discussions. A summary of seminar proceedings and photographs can be found on the PHFI website.

New Alliance Publication: Advancing the Application of Systems Thinking in Health

12 September 2014 - Systems thinking is fundamental for strengthening the design, implementation and evaluation of health systems interventions, policies, and strategies. The objective of this Thematic Series, coordinated by the Alliance, is to support the shift from abstract concept to actual applications and experiences of systems thinking in health, particularly in LMICs.

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