The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR)

Member profile

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) is an international collaboration based in Geneva at the World Health Organization (WHO). It has its origins in the recommendations of the 1996 report of WHO's Ad Hoc Committee on Health Research, which identified lack of health policy and systems research as a key problem impeding the improvement of health outcomes in low and middle income countries. AHPSR aims to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research as a means to improve the health systems of developing countries.

Main activities

AHPSR currently focuses on specific high priority themes to sharpen its resources and to ensure that its work has maximum impact. These themes reflect the concerns of interested parties and, also, the needs of decision-makers at country level. The vision is the areas of knowledge generation, synthesis, evidence informed policy and capacity development. AHPSR promotes global health systems strengthening through initiatives in the health workforce, health financing, and the role of the non-state sector in health.

Links to the health workforce crisis

AHPSR researches issues that most affect health workers and serves as a benchmark, e.g. workshop on the salary trends in Africa. For some years now it has been providing grants to postgraduate institutions in low and middle income countries to strengthen their teaching of health policy and systems research and support students working in its field. AHPSR promotes the exchanges between researchers and policy makers. It, also, prospectively evaluates the interventions aimed at promoting evidence-informed policy making.

Call for knowledge information:

Alliance Members are invited to submit any relevant knowledge products such as documents, reports, tools, multimedia, links to specific project web sites by sending an email to The Alliance Secretariat will publish relevant products on the Member's page.

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