Archived News and Events


Including quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research

The Alliance and the Harvard School of Public Health organized a workshop on 14 and 15 November 2013 to discuss the inclusion of quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research.

The workshop was an initiative of the Alliance’ Advisory Group on Health Systems Research Synthesis. One of the main outcomes of the workshop is a series of papers which are being developed and will be published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology in 2014.

Launch of the Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide

A panel discussion including three policy-makers; Dr Maimunah Hamid, Deputy Director-General of Health, Malaysia, Dr Malebona Precious Matsoso, Director-General, South Africa and Dr Walid Ammar, Director-General of Health, Lebanon, convened on 9 October 2013 for the launch of the "Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide". This Guide led by the Alliance HPSR is authored by Dr David H. Peters, Johns Hopkins University, Dr Nhan T. Tran and Dr Taghreed Adam from the Alliance. "This Guide is a real opportunity to bring researchers and implementers together as allies and accomplices" concluded Dr Maimunah Hamid.


Dhaka Colloquium on Systematic Reviews

The Dhaka Colloquium on Systematic reviews in international development that took place in December 2012 brought together 130 leading researchers and policy-makers from 31 countries. Questions relating to methodology and use of systematic reviews were addressed.

The conference was hosted by BRAC University, in association with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the ICDDR-B, under the auspices of the Campbell Collaboration and the International Development Coordinating Group.

Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Beijing, China

The Second Global Symposium will be held 31 October - 3 November 202 in Beijing, China. The Symposium is dedicated to evaluating progress, sharing insights and recalibrating the agenda of science to accelerate universal health coverage (UHC). UHC is understood here in its broader sense of health service type, accessibility and financial risk coverage.

Continuing with the objectives set in the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in 2010, the 2012 Second Global Symposium will: a) share new state-of-the art evidence on universal health coverage; b) review the progress and challenges towards implementation of the global agenda of priority research on accelerating progress towards universal health coverage, including progress since the World Health Report of 2010; c) facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries; and d) identify and discuss the approaches to strengthen the scientific rigor of health systems research including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods.

In addition, the Second Global Symposium will specifically pursue themes of Inclusion and Innovation within the above overarching objectives. It will: a) include research on neglected public health priorities; causes of exclusion of populations or problems; and on what works in reducing these exclusions; and b) highlight the innovations across all health systems building blocks that facilitate faster progress towards universal health coverage in an affordable manner.

Access to medicines priority-setting for a health policy and systems research agenda - Global Stakeholders Meeting

A group of academic experts, donors, policy-makers, and NGOs convened in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2012 to discuss, debate and come to a consensus on translation of policy concerns into research questions.

Results from this meeting will be updated on the Alliance's web site to provide the global public health community with information on the priority policy concerns in Access to Medicines (ATM) through a health policy and systems research framework. This meeting will be followed by a call for proposals to address the research gaps in the priority areas in the Access to Medicines Project.


The Alliance at ICIUM, Antalya

Several Alliance-funded researchers, members of the Alliance Secretariat and of its Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) attended the Third International Conference on Improving the Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2011) held in November 2011. As ICIUM established an agenda for research and action, all participants share the responsibility of working on evidence-based lasting solutions for better access to medicines. Through its Access to Medicines projects, the Alliance is proud to contribute to this global agenda. Presentations from Alliance-funded researchers, Alliance Secretariat and STAC are now available.

World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

Alliance Technical Officer, Kent Ranson helped the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights to organize the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health on 19-21 October 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the central themes of the Conference was the role of the health sector, including public health programmes, in reducing health inequities. The conference brought together over 1000 participants representing 125 Member States. The event was attended among others by Michel Temer, Vice President of Brazil and Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. On 21 October, 2011 participating Member States adopted the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health.