PRIMASYS: A case study approach to understanding primary care systems
17 August 2015 | On 22-23 July, experts met in Geneva to raise key issues in support of
3 August 2015 | On 23-24 July, experts debated key considerations for the ethical review of health policy and systems research. The resulting recommendations will be incorporated into a guidance document for use by ethics review committees and institutional review boards. The guidance document is being developed by the Alliance, in collaboration with the WHO Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research and the University of Zurich.
South Africa becomes first middle-income country to invest in the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research
3 June 2015 | At the 2015 World Health Assembly, Precious Matsoso, Director-General of the National Department of Health of South Africa, formally announced that South Africa would make a first financial contribution to the work of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, through the South African Medical Research Council. This investment is a signal of growing interest, among middle-income countries, of the importance and value of health systems research in building resilient health systems – the overarching theme of this year`s Assembly.
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.
Webinar Explores Debates and Issues around Standards of Evidence for Reproductive Health Decision-Making
More than 150 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from over 30 countries participated in a timely webinar entitled, “Standards for Identifying Evidence-based Practices in Reproductive Health”, co-organized by the Evidence Project, STEP UP Consortium, the High Impact Practices (HIP) Initiative, and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research.
New guidelines are being developed to improve the consistency and reliability of reporting on implementation and operational research. Reviewers are being sought for peer review of these guidelines, which will be published in relevant journals and on the EQUATOR website that helps improve the quality of research publications and the research itself.
The Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of a new fellowship program in implementation research and delivery science (IRDS) for public health Master and Doctoral candidates. The purpose of this fellowship program is to build the capacities required to apply IRDS to the scale up of effective program and policy interventions.
The Alliance-assembled Advisory Group on Health Systems Research Synthesis has published a Commentary in Systematic Reviews. The Commentary describes the rationale for the establishment of the Advisory Group, its six areas work, and its role in advancing the field of HSR synthesis, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
From 2-4 June, the Alliance, in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), hosted a data analysis workshop in Rosario, Argentina for the Improving Programme Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER) programme. The workshop fostered the production of policy-relevant findings from seven different implementation research projects led by decision-makers in six Latin American countries.
Project NIGRAAN: Addressing structural gaps in the supervisory system of Pakistan`s Lady Health Worker Program to achieve MDG 4
Project NIGRAAN is a two-year (September 2013 – August 2015) implementation research project being conducted in district Badin in Sindh province of Pakistan. The project aims to provide the opportunity for improving structured supportive supervision of lady health workers (LHWs) by lady health supervisors (LHS) in order to reduce deaths due to pneumonia and diarrhoea in children under 5.