Expert Consultation on Capacity Strengthening in HPSR
From 13-14 November 2014, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research convened 18 leaders representing academic and research institutions and funding agencies to take part in a consultation on strengthening capacities of researchers and policy/decision-makers in health policy and systems research in Geneva.
The purpose of the expert consultation was to have a dialogue on emerging issues in capacity strengthening and to identify how the Alliance can best contribute to the development of HPSR capacity moving forward.
Cape Town Statement on Advancing Implementation Research and Delivery Science (IRDS)
The Cape Town Statement was developed by the participants of a series of consultative meetings hosted by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research within the World Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank Group, with the facilitation of the USAID|TRAction Project and Johns Hopkins University. The consensus statement on IRDS is a call for action to all stakeholders to promote dialogue and increased engagement.
Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
The Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, co-sponsored by the Alliance, was held 30 September – 3 October 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme for this year was on people-centred health systems: health systems that recognize that people are their central focus and resource, and that address responsiveness at population and patient levels as a central goal. For a recap of Alliance-supported work at the Symposium, please see our News and events section.
Launch of Flagship Report on Medicines in Health Systems
The Alliance’s 4th Flagship Report on "Medicines in Health Systems: Advancing access, affordability and appropriate use" was launched during a session at the Third Global Symposium in Cape Town on 3 October. Despite the early schedule, the session was very well attended. John-Arne Røtingen (Chair, Alliance Board) moderated the session. Marie-Paul Kieny (WHO Assistant Director General) opened the session with welcome remarks. Following a short presentation of the report’s content by Anita Wagner (Harvard Medical School), co-editor of the report, three panelists (Kees de Joncheere, Tim Evans, and Anban Pillay) were invited to reflect on how, as decision makers, they would take the recommendations of the report on board. More news on the launch event
17 November 2014 - The Public Health Foundation of India, in its capacity as an AHPSR nodal institute, has announced a call for applications for its KEYSTONE course on Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) which will be held from 23 February to 6 March 2015 in Delhi. The KEYSTONE course aims to develop individual capacities and channel latent capacities of participants, for investigating and addressing real-world problems of health systems and policy, through rigorous immersion in current HPSR approaches, frameworks and methodologies. Learn more about the KEYSTONE course.
7 November 2014 - The Lancet has commissioned a group of 19 independent experts in a variety of disciplines to generate a report on Essential Medicines Policies which is planned to be published by the end of 2015. The report will provide evidence on current issues, anticipate the evolution of global essential medicines policies, and make evidence-based recommendations to improve such policies. Through the report, the Commission will have the opportunity to raise global awareness of the relevance of essential medicine`s policies to achieve broader global health and sustainable development goals, especially universal health coverage. See News
13 October 2014 - There is considerable literature that analyzes trends in Development Assistance for Health as well as on health research funding more broadly. However there is a lack of easily accessible information on funding for HPSR at the global level that can be used to both inform decision-makers of the situation and serve as a tool to advocate for the field. The Alliance is inviting proposals for the development of a document/background paper to analyze funding for HPSR over the period 2009-2014. Visit our Calls for proposals section for details.
Nodal Institute News (India): Seminar Recap on the Future of Health Policy and Health Research in India
6 October 2014 - On 31 August, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), in its capacity as the Nodal Institute for AHPSR in India, organised a seminar on Future of Health Policy and Health Research in India. Shri Lov Verma (Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Government of India) gave the key note address while Shri Vishwa Mohan Katoch (Secretary Health Research, Government of India) chaired the opening session, followed by two panel discussions. A summary of seminar proceedings and photographs can be found on the PHFI website.
12 September 2014 - Systems thinking is fundamental for strengthening the design, implementation and evaluation of health systems interventions, policies, and strategies. The objective of this Thematic Series, coordinated by the Alliance, is to support the shift from abstract concept to actual applications and experiences of systems thinking in health, particularly in LMICs.