Implementation research: From silos to synergy – an emerging story from Pakistan

UNICEF/Pakistan/Asad Zaidi

7 December 2017 | An implementation research initiative of the Alliance HPSR, the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization, UNICEF and Health Services Academy, Islamabad demonstrates effective synergy between implementers and researchers. The initiative aims to assess health systems bottlenecks in Pakistan’s Expanded Program for Immunization programme. Faraz Khalid shares reflections from the research teams at ten different implementation research projects across the four provinces in Pakistan. “Different from the usual experience of working in silos… the teams seemed to be surprisingly pleased with the support they were receiving from their partners – the implementers (policy-makers, managers and frontline workers) of the Expanded Program for Immunization in Pakistan.”

Community Platforms for Public Health Interventions

4 December 2017 | A new paper released in Disease Control Priorities 3rd Edition, authored by Melissa Sherry, Abdul Ghaffar and David Bishai, defines the characteristics of community health platforms through which interventions can be launched in an effective and sustainable way. The DCP series is one of the leading reference sources for detailed reviews on global health interventions and their cost effectiveness. Senior author David Bishai: “Many think of global health policy-making as a process of allocating funds to interventions from a catalog based on disease priorities. This has led to the carving up of global health into disease siloes and intervention siloes. Unfortunately, this approach puts power in the hands of the wise allocator and excludes the voice of the people whose health is at stake.”

The Alliance inaugurates the first Health Policy and Systems Institute in Africa

Inauguration of the first Health Policy and Systems Institute, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria

28 November 2017 | On 8 November 2017, the Alliance inaugurated the first Health Policy and Systems Institute in Africa: the African Institute for Health Policy & Health Systems, at Ebonyi State University, in Abakaliki, Nigeria. The institute’s primary mandate of work is in the field of health policy and systems research (HPSR).
“Grants along with the technical support received from the Alliance, enabled the team to develop adequate research skills and capacity in HPSR as well as for evidence-informed policy-making in Nigeria,” said Professor Uneke, Director and Founder of the Institute for Health Policy and Health Systems.

Primary Care Systems (PRIMASYS)

WHO/A. Bhatiasevi

22 November 2017 | The Alliance is pleased to launch country case studies focusing on primary health care systems (PRIMASYS) in selected low- and middle-income countries. PRIMASYS aims to advance the science of primary health care (PHC) in LMICs in order to support efforts to improve the implementation, effectiveness and efficiency of primary health care interventions worldwide. Knowledge generated from PRIMASYS will help to develop and implement PHC policies and programmes, inform national health plans and health systems reforms, and will serve as a potential guide for global health stakeholders interested in strengthening primary health care systems in LMICs.

A Health Policy and Systems Research Reader on Human Resources for Health

15 November 2017 | The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research just launched today the first-ever Reader on Human Resources for Health at the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Dublin. The Reader, edited by Asha George, Kerry Scott and Veloshnee Govender, promotes greater understanding of the varied health policy and systems research approaches that can be applied to Human Resources for Health (HRH). It also provides resources that can be used for teaching and capacity development on HRH for researchers and practitioners alike.

Embedded Research For Health Systems Strengthening, Accra, Ghana

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director-General, Ghana Health Service

14 November 2017 | The Alliance has played a pioneering role in taking forward embedded research as an approach to integrate evidence into decision-making processes for health. The Alliance’s leadership in this area was most recently highlighted at an international meeting on Embedded Research for Health Systems Strengthening hosted by the Alliance in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in Accra, Ghana on 30 and 31 October 2017. Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service opened the meeting which brought together researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and funders to discuss experiences, strategies, and challenges for embedding research within health systems in low- and middle-income countries, and to reach consensus on a shared definition and characteristics of embedded research.

Webinar on Rapid Reviews to Strengthen Health Policy and Systems

31 October 2017 | Rapid reviews are a type of knowledge synthesis for which the steps of a systematic review are streamlined or accelerated to produce evidence in a shortened timeframe. In this webinar held on 31 October, Dr Andrea C. Tricco and Dr Etienne V. Langlois outlined the usefulness of rapid reviews for providing actionable and relevant evidence to make informed decisions, described how to engage knowledge users in the conduct of rapid reviews, and discussed different rapid review methods that can be used in various contexts.

News and events

  • 17 October 2017

    New article: Getting the Incentives Right: it is about the Pie not the Slice

    The Alliance is pleased to share a new article "Moving Beyond Diagonal and T-Shaped: Getting the Incentives Right for the Pie Not for the Slice", co-authored by Zubin Cyrus Shroff, Abdul Ghaffar and Agnès Soucat.

  • 27 September 2017

    Four new Cochrane EPOC overviews - Health systems in low-income countries

    The Alliance is pleased to announce the publication of four Cochrane overviews of systematic reviews of strategies for improving health systems in low-income countries. The aim is to provide broad overviews of the evidence about the effects of health system arrangements, including delivery, financial and governance arrangements, and implementation strategies.

  • 27 September 2017

    Universal Health Coverage Research Programme

    Based on the Universal Health Coverage Research Programme supported by the Alliance, two policy briefs were just released by the icddr'b team, one of the eight recipients of the UHC grant. These policy briefs examine two major challenges faced by the project in the areas of human resources and governance, providing recommendations for policy and decision-makers on how to address these.

  • 22 September 2017

    Request for Proposal on Primary Health Care Research- Deadline for Submission: 3 November 2017

    The Alliance is pleased to share a Request for Proposals for the development of reports on gaps in primary health care research and implementation in low- and middle-income countries. Reports generated will be integral products in the launching of the Primary Health Care Research Consortium in late 2018, a partnership between the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative and the Alliance with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • 14 September 2017

    Alliance's contribution to the programme reporting standards for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

    WHO has developed new standards to strengthen reporting on information related to the design, context, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes and research. The Programme reporting standards were developed by WHO's Departments of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP, and Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and in collaboration with the Alliance.

  • 14 September 2017

    Launch of Rapid Reviews to Strengthen Health Policy and Systems: A Practical Guide

    The Alliance launched today a new publication titled Rapid Reviews to Strengthen Health Policy and Systems: A Practical Guide at the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town.

  • 5 September 2017

    Donor funding health policy and systems research in low- and middle-income countries: how much, from where and to whom

    The Alliance releases the first ever analysis of donor funding for Health Policy and Systems Research in low-and-middle income countries over the period 2000-2014 based on a systematic examination of donor reporting databases.

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