First African institute for health policy and systems research created at Ebonyi State University, Nigeria
15 May 2015 | The Alliance is pleased to share news that the Governing Council and Senate of Ebonyi State University have approved the establishment of the African Institute for Health Policy & Health Systems Studies. The creation of the new institute is the culmination of three years of work with Alliance support and encouragement. “We have permanently institutionalized health policy and health systems research in this part of the world,” said Chigozie Jesse Uneke. Uneke’s research team will serve as the management/administrative committee for the Institute.
Uncovering Evidence: Making the most of grey literature and local knowledge in health decision making
29 April 2015 | The complexity of decision-making requires inputs from a broad knowledge base that includes evidence generated from research, best practices, local evidence, as well as tacit knowledge. In the WHO Strategy on Health Policy and Systems Research, “Changing Mindsets” (2012), it was suggested that to synthesize and consolidate relevant research evidence as well as other knowledge, national repositories of evaluations, best practices, and grey literature established within countries should be created to enable greater access to existing knowledge that could improve decision-making.
Thank you and farewell to three long-serving STAC members
5 May 2015 | At the 27-28 April Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting, the Alliance Secretariat and STAC conveyed a heartfelt farewell to three of its long-serving committee members – Professor Lucy Gilson (Professor of Health Policy and Systems, University of Cape Town, South Africa and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Dr Prasanta Mahapatra (Honorary President, Institute of Health Systems, India) and Professor Soonman Kwon (Dean, School of Public Health, Seoul National University, South Korea). All three members have played a pivotal role in steering the technical priorities of Alliance work over the last six years.
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.
11 May 2015 - In November 2014, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Lancet launched a Twitter campaign aimed at showcasing female leadership in global health. Featured in this list of 300 nominations is the Alliance`s very-own Maryam Bigdeli, who was included among many prominent researchers, health systems leaders and decision-makers. See news.
5 May 2015 - Although policy dialogues play a crucial role in the policy-making process, they are often understood and applied in different ways. To address the need for a comprehensive definition of the concept and how it operates the Alliance, jointly with the WHO Department of Health Systems Governance, Policy and Aid-Effectiveness, developed a briefing note to review the literature on policy dialogues and experiences in using it in health, with a particular focus on LMICs. See news.
24 April 2015 - The 2014 External Review of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research was carried out at the request of its Board and core donors: the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Swedish International Cooperation Agency (Sida). External reviews are normally carried out every four years; the last one covered the period 2005-2009. See news.
Alliance leads study on how governments can prevent tragic death toll of mothers and newborns during the postnatal period
13 April 2015 - Research evidence is crucial in uncovering reasons why health systems have failed in addressing the needs of mothers and newborns in LMICs. One such example is a systematic review recently conducted by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (April 2015) that examines why post-natal services have been underutilized using data from 15 LMICs. See news.
Closer ties between the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and Health Systems Global
20 March 2015 - Two of the leading organizations working on health systems research have mapped out areas for closer collaboration. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Health Systems Global and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research aims to establish, define, encourage and improve cooperation between the two organizations with an overarching goal of strengthening the field of health systems research. Under the MoU, the organizations agree to collaborate on specific areas and initiatives, and to exchange strategic and technical information.
16 March 2015 - The Alliance achieved much in 2014, supporting more than 80 projects in 40 low- and middle-income countries. To do so, we relied on our community of partners and grantees who provided expertise, contacts, encouragement and support. The report provides an overview of key achievements and ongoing progress; knowledge generation and research capacity building projects; publications and resources; financial summary and contributor list. See Annual Report 2014.
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.