Archived News and Events

Including quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research

The Alliance and the Harvard School of Public Health organized a workshop on 14 and 15 November 2013 to discuss the inclusion of quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research.
The workshop was an initiative of the Alliance’ Advisory Group on Health Systems Research Synthesis. One of the main outcomes of the workshop is a series of papers which are being developed and will be published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology in 2014.

Launch of the Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide

A panel discussion including three policy-makers; Dr Maimunah Hamid, Deputy Director-General of Health, Malaysia, Dr Malebona Precious Matsoso, Director-General, South Africa and Dr Walid Ammar, Director-General of Health, Lebanon, convened on 9 October 2013 for the launch of the "Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide". This Guide led by the Alliance HPSR is authored by Dr David H. Peters, Johns Hopkins University, Dr Nhan T. Tran and Dr Taghreed Adam from the Alliance. "This Guide is a real opportunity to bring researchers and implementers together as allies and accomplices" concluded Dr Maimunah Hamid.

Policy-relevant WHO documents featured on Health Systems Evidence web site

Health Systems Evidence has expanded its role as the most comprehensive free access point for evidence on strengthening and reforming health systems with the addition of a new portal that includes World Health Organization documents that address health systems. New design elements and search functions to improve overall navigation of the site and increase the ways in which policy-makers, stakeholders and researchers from around the world can search for the evidence they need, have also been added.

Dhaka Colloquium on Systematic Reviews - 10 to 14 December 2012

The Dhaka Colloquium on Systematic reviews in international development brought together 130 leading researchers and policy-makers from 31 countries. Questions relating to methodology and use of systematic reviews were addressed. The conference was hosted by BRAC University, in association with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the ICDDR-B, under the auspices of the Campbell Collaboration and the International Development Coordinating Group.

Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research - 31 October to 3 November 2012 - Beijing, China

Access to Medicines – Priority-setting for a health policy and systems research agenda - Global Stakeholders Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 6 to 8 March 2012

A group of academic experts, donors, policy-makers, and NGOs convened in Bangkok to discuss, debate and come to a consensus on translation of policy concerns into research questions.
Results from this meeting will be updated on the Alliance's web site to provide the global public health community with information on the priority policy concerns in Access to Medicines (ATM) through a health policy and systems research framework. This meeting will be followed by a call for proposals to address the research gaps in the priority areas in the Access to Medicines Project.

The Alliance at ICIUM, Antalya, 14-18 November 2011

Several Alliance-funded researchers, members of the Alliance Secretariat and of its Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) attended the Third International Conference on Improving the Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2011). As ICIUM established an agenda for research and action, all participants share the responsibility of working on evidence-based lasting solutions for better access to medicines. Through its Access to Medicines projects, the Alliance is proud to contribute to this global agenda. Presentations from Alliance-funded researchers, Alliance Secretariat and STAC are now available.

World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, 19-21 October 2011

BBC World News presenter, Zeinab Badawi with Kent Ranson.

Alliance Technical Officer, Kent Ranson helped the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights to organize the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health on 19-21 October 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
One of the central themes of the Conference was the role of the health sector, including public health programmes, in reducing health inequities. The conference brought together over 1000 participants representing 125 Member States. The event was attended among others by Michel Temer, Vice President of Brazil and Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. On 21 October, 2011 participating Member States adopted the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health.

Taghreed Adam, Alliance staff, visited Karolinksa Institutet

Taghreed Adam visited the Karolinksa Institutet to give a lecture on systems thinking for health systems strengthening to master's students in the Health Economics, Policy and Management programme.