The role of the non-state provider in achieving universal health coverage
24 February 2015 | While governments have the primary responsibility in moving their nations towards UHC to ensure access to health services without direct payment at the point of service, there is growing recognition of the important role of non-state providers in contributing to both health financing and service provision in many low- and middle-income countries.
Critics argue that in many LMIC settings these providers are unregulated, provide poor quality services and that their use is associated with high out of pocket spending and impoverishment. On the other hand, the fact that people continue to use these providers, often in preference to public systems points to the important role that they play.
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.
Advancing Implementation Research and Delivery Science (IRDS)
3 February 2015 | IRDS is a collaborative enterprise focused on learning and action to improve health in “real world” conditions. IRDS employs research to improve policies and programme delivery, and to spread knowledge gained from implementation. It addresses a range of implementation challenges, including complex processes, inefficient use of resources, inequitable allocation of resources, and supply and demand barriers to scaling-up and sustainability. The consensus statement on IRDS, launched at the Cape Town Symposium, is a call for action to all stakeholders to promote dialogue and increased engagement.
Alliance Flagship Report on Medicines in Health Systems
1 February 2015 | The Alliance`s 4th Flagship Report on "Medicines in Health Systems: Advancing access, affordability and appropriate use" applies a systems approach to medicines. Through various country-case studies, the report illustrates major challenges and advances in the access, affordability and appropriate use of medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Expanding capacities to conduct HPSR: What are the major gaps and opportunities in teaching and training?
25 February 2015 - Many international institutions are increasingly recognizing the importance of developing health policy and systems research (HPSR) capacity to support health systems. A new report conducted by the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research, with support from the Alliance, maps current teaching and training programmes focused on HPSR relevant to low- and middle-income countries. See full report.
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.