11 October 2016 | As Governments strive to progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Universal Health Coverage (UHC), concerted efforts are being made to strengthen primary care services so that people have access to quality preventive and curative care.The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHRSR) has published five case studies, among a set of 20 on primary health care systems in low-and middle-income countries. These case studies will guide decision-making on where the entry points are to strengthen primary health care services more effectively.
11 October 2016 | Health systems Global with support from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, the Wellcome Trust and INIS Communication has launched an open sourced HPSR Training Database. This initiative complements the Alliance's work to build capacity in health systems and policy research amongst researchers, decision-makers, and implementers. For instance see our work on, Leadership Development for Enhanced Decision-Making, Decision-Maker Led Implementation Research as well as our Grants Programme for Implementation Research
A Health Systems Approach for Strengthening Primary Care Services
6 October 2016 | Strengthening primary health care services is vital for ensuring people have access to quality preventive and curative care. To address this, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHRSR) has published five case studies on primary health care systems in low-and middle-income countries. These case studies will guide decision-making on where the entry points are to strengthen primary health care services more effectively.
14 September 2016 | Today, we have vaccines for many childhood illnesses. However, an estimated 20 million infants still go unvaccinated against preventable illnesses such as measles, Hepatitis B, and diphtheria. More than half of these children (60%) live in lower to middle-income countries. By strengthening routine vaccination programmes an additional 1.5 million children’s deaths could be avoided.
Implementation Research Programme - Strengthening and scaling up India's Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Committees
The Alliance has, since 2013, supported the Strengthening Village Health Committees for Intensified Community Engagement at Scale in Two States of India ( VOICES study). This study seeks to strengthen community participation in public health issues at the village level by analysing existent gaps and developing feasible mechanisms to enable this by working with relevant stakeholders within the system. A policy-maker associated with the project reflects on the project’s experiences.
This editorial introduces the Alliance supported thematic series Medicines in health systems: advancing access, availability and appropriate use, published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice. The series brings together, in the form of peer-reviewed publications, case studies that served as the background for the Alliance’s Flagship Report “Medicines in Health systems: advancing access, availability and appropriate use” which was launched in 2014.
Call for peer-reviewed articles for inclusion in a publication entitled: Evidence Synthesis for Health Policy & Systems: A Methods Reader
To inform the development of the publication, the Alliance HPSR aims to identify relevant peer-reviewed scientific articles pertaining to evidence synthesis in the field of health policy and systems research.