Launch of new series published to support the use of qualitative research in decision-making

26 January 2018 | Qualitative research aims to explore people’s needs, values, perceptions and experiences of the world around them, including of health, illness, healthcare services, and more broadly of social systems and their policies and processes. Qualitative evidence is therefore very important for improving understanding on how, and whether, people perceive health interventions to be effective and acceptable – or more fundamentally, whether they work. Qualitative evidence is also fundamental to understand the factors influencing the implementation of health policies and interventions.

Alliance Secretariat

Dr Kabir Sheikh, Policy Advisor, Alliance HPSR
Dr Kabir Sheikh, Policy Advisor, Alliance HPSR

15 January 2018 | The Alliance Secretariat welcomes Dr Kabir Sheikh who joins the team as Policy Advisor. Dr Sheikh has been a researcher, educator, planner and practitioner in a career of 17 years spanning Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, focusing particularly on strengthening health governance for social equity, and institutionalizing research use for policy. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was Joint Director for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India, where he designed and helped establish the National Knowledge Platform – the Government of India’s first indigenously funded HPSR and knowledge translation platform, and advised the Indian Council of Medical Research on establishing India’s first national Health Technology Assessment platform. Dr Sheikh has been engaged in numerous global initiatives to promote health policy and systems research, including as Board Chair of Health Systems Global.

Alliance at the Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017

Panellists, Embedding Health Systems Research within Health Systems to achieve UHC, UHC Forum, Tokyo

21 December 2017 | The Alliance’s role as a pioneer in developing and advocating for new approaches to generate and use evidence for health systems strengthening was highlighted through two panel discussions organized in collaboration with Health Systems Global at the Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, on 12 to 15 December 2017.

Implementation research: From silos to synergy – an emerging story from Pakistan

UNICEF/Pakistan/Asad Zaidi

7 December 2017 | An implementation research initiative of the Alliance HPSR, the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization, UNICEF and Health Services Academy, Islamabad demonstrates effective synergy between implementers and researchers. The initiative aims to assess health systems bottlenecks in Pakistan’s Expanded Program for Immunization programme. Faraz Khalid shares reflections from the research teams at ten different implementation research projects across the four provinces in Pakistan. “Different from the usual experience of working in silos… the teams seemed to be surprisingly pleased with the support they were receiving from their partners – the implementers (policy-makers, managers and frontline workers) of the Expanded Program for Immunization in Pakistan.”

Community Platforms for Public Health Interventions

4 December 2017 | A new paper released in Disease Control Priorities 3rd Edition, authored by Melissa Sherry, Abdul Ghaffar and David Bishai, defines the characteristics of community health platforms through which interventions can be launched in an effective and sustainable way. The DCP series is one of the leading reference sources for detailed reviews on global health interventions and their cost effectiveness. Senior author David Bishai: “Many think of global health policy-making as a process of allocating funds to interventions from a catalog based on disease priorities. This has led to the carving up of global health into disease siloes and intervention siloes. Unfortunately, this approach puts power in the hands of the wise allocator and excludes the voice of the people whose health is at stake.”

The Alliance inaugurates the first Health Policy and Systems Institute in Africa

Inauguration of the first Health Policy and Systems Institute, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria

28 November 2017 | On 8 November 2017, the Alliance inaugurated the first Health Policy and Systems Institute in Africa: the African Institute for Health Policy & Health Systems, at Ebonyi State University, in Abakaliki, Nigeria. The institute’s primary mandate of work is in the field of health policy and systems research (HPSR).
“Grants along with the technical support received from the Alliance, enabled the team to develop adequate research skills and capacity in HPSR as well as for evidence-informed policy-making in Nigeria,” said Professor Uneke, Director and Founder of the Institute for Health Policy and Health Systems.

Primary Health Care Systems (PRIMASYS)

WHO/A. Bhatiasevi

22 November 2017 | The Alliance is pleased to launch country case studies focusing on primary health care systems (PRIMASYS) in selected low- and middle-income countries. PRIMASYS aims to advance the science of primary health care (PHC) in LMICs in order to support efforts to improve the implementation, effectiveness and efficiency of primary health care interventions worldwide. Knowledge generated from PRIMASYS will help to develop and implement PHC policies and programmes, inform national health plans and health systems reforms, and will serve as a potential guide for global health stakeholders interested in strengthening primary health care systems in LMICs.

News and events

  • 13 February 2018

    The Alliance is pleased to share its new published article: "Engaging policy-makers, heath system managers, and policy analysts in the knowledge synthesis process"

  • 6 February 2018

    The Alliance is seeking nominations for Board as well as STAC members. Interested candidates should send an email to alliancehpsr.
    Closing date: 15 March 2018

  • 1 February 2018

    Etienne Langlois et al. argue that qualitative evidence should be used to improve health guidelines and health decision-making.

  • 25 January 2018

    Join the Alliance and the Health Systems Governance Collaborative in this new webinar on Thursday 1 February at 16.00 CET / 15.00 GMT / 10 EST.
    “What research is needed to advance accountability for health?”.

  • 23 January 2018

    The publication of the supplement Implementation science as an essential driver for sustainable health systems strengthening interventions: Lessons learned across the five country African Health Initiative is now released. The supplement was funded by the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and edited by Lola Adedokun, Lisa Hirschhorn and Abdul Ghaffar.

  • 7 January 2018

    The Alliance is pleased to announce that the Health Research Policy and Systems Supplement on Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research is now out. The Supplement was edited by Ligia Paina, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, Abdul Ghaffar, and Sara Bennett.


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