Health Policy and Systems Research: Building Momentum and Community
16 January 2015 | Health policy and systems research (HPSR) was barely visible on the global health agenda until 1996, when the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Ad Hoc Committee on Health Research identified it as an important but neglected field. Now, with a wide range of public health disasters – including the current Ebola epidemic – governments worldwide are beginning to recognize the need for HPSR in building resilient health systems.
The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Health Systems Global and WHO – bringing, respectively, a history of funding this research, broad membership and global convening power – are committed to working together to ensure that the full potential of health policy and systems research is realized.
Expert Consultation on Capacity Strengthening in HPSR
21 November 2014 | From 13 – 14 November 2014, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research convened 18 leaders representing academic and research institutions and funding agencies to take part in a consultation on strengthening capacities of researchers and policy/decision-makers in health policy and systems research in Geneva.
The purpose of the expert consultation was to have a dialogue on emerging issues in capacity strengthening and to identify how the Alliance can best contribute to the development of HPSR capacity moving forward.
Statement on Advancing Implementation Research and Delivery Science (IRDS)
1 October 2014 | The IRDS 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.
Launch of Flagship Report on Medicines in Health Systems
3 October 2014 | The Alliance’s 4th Flagship Report on "Medicines in Health Systems: Advancing access, affordability and appropriate use" was launched at the Third Global Symposium in Cape Town. John-Arne Røtingen (Chair, Alliance Board) moderated the session. Marie-Paul 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.
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research/WHO, IDRC Canada, and the Rockefeller Foundation award research grants to eight teams to support research on the role of non-state providers in strengthening health systems towards UHC
5 January 2015 - Eight research teams have been awarded research grants to support the development of case studies to explain what factors have enabled or hindered interventions to engage non-state providers in strengthening health systems towards universal health coverage (UHC). See news.
16 December 2014 - From 9 – 12 December 2014, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), hosted a protocol development workshop in Washington, DC for its Improving Programme Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER) programme. Following an extensive selection process, eight research teams led by implementers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, México and Peru, were invited to attend the intensive week-long workshop. See news.
PAHO/WHO and Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research award research grants to support health programme implementation in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru
1 December 2014 - Eight research proposals that seek to improve health programme implementation in countries of the Americas have been selected as grants winners by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) of the World Health Organization (WHO). This new Improving Programme Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER) initiative aims to strengthen implementation by embedding research within program processes. See news.
17 November 2014 - The Public Health Foundation of India, in its capacity as an AHPSR nodal institute, has announced a call for applications for its KEYSTONE course on Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) which will be held from 23 February to 6 March 2015 in Delhi. The KEYSTONE course aims to develop individual capacities and channel latent capacities of participants, for investigating and addressing real-world problems of health systems and policy, through rigorous immersion in current HPSR approaches, frameworks and methodologies. Learn more about the KEYSTONE course.
7 November 2014 - The Lancet has commissioned a group of 19 independent experts in a variety of disciplines to generate a report on Essential Medicines Policies which is planned to be published by the end of 2015. The report will provide evidence on current issues, anticipate the evolution of global essential medicines policies, and make evidence-based recommendations to improve such policies. Through the report, the Commission will have the opportunity to raise global awareness of the relevance of essential medicine`s policies to achieve broader global health and sustainable development goals, especially universal health coverage. See News
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 (India): 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.