Can universal health coverage be achieved without evidence?

4 October 2019 | “Without data-driven policy-making, decision-making and monitoring and evaluation of the progress and the challenges, it will be impossible to attain the universal health coverage goals”, stressed Mariam Jashi, the Chair of the Education, Science and Culture Committee of the Parliament of Georgia. It was a strong opener for a side event during this year's UN General Assembly where panellists highlighted the need for further investments in health policy and systems research to achieve universal health coverage.

A new global research agenda to advance primary health care

16 August 2019 | Effective primary health care is a critical part of ensuring health for all. To that end, leaders in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are eager to build, reform, and strengthen their primary health care systems to deliver high-quality, integrated, and patient-centred care. The question is, how? This is the question the Alliance and partners tackle in a new special issue of BMJ Global Health today: 'Strengthening primary health care through research: Prioritized knowledge needs to achieve the promise of the Astana Declaration'.

2018 Annual Report - Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

5 April 2019 | The Alliance's 2018 Annual Report outlines our activities over the previous year. Organized around our over-arching objectives, it profiles how we bring people together, we empower leaders, we generate knowledge and we influence policy around the world. For the first time, our annual report is available both as a PDF and in an interactive online format.

Embedded research, an innovative approach

8 June 2018 | Embedding research directly into policy-making processes has the potential to improve health systems and to bring policy-makers, researchers and implementers closer together. That is one reason why the Alliance has funded a number of projects using the approach. We recently held an event in Geneva with UNICEF to share experiences from embedded research projects focused on improving immunization rates around the world.

News and events

  • 25 September 2019

    Deadline extended for a call for papers from the Alliance and Health Policy and Planning for a new supplement on 'Innovations in Implementation Research in LMICs'. We invite articles that deal with, among others, assessments/evaluations of public health policy and programme implementation, health policy implementation analysis, systematic reviews of public health policy and programme implementation, embedding and co-producing implementation research and governance and ethics of implementation research in LMICs.

  • 9 September 2019

    Building on the success of the previous Health Policy Analysis Fellowship, the UCT School of Public Health and the Alliance are looking for new participants in its PhD mentorship programme. It is open to LMIC PhD students registered in LMIC universities, or those registered for an equivalent degree. Their PhD project should seek, at least in part, to research the politics of health policy change.

  • 27 August 2019

    The Alliance are pleased to launch our new Young Professionals (Health Systems Research) Programme. The programme will offer two-year placements with the Alliance at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Programme participants will get involved with different aspects of our day-to-day work – helping with research and data collection, supporting research and other grants, writing publications and organizing events. By working across various portfolios, we hope that participants will gain a well-rounded skill set that will serve them well as they continue their career in HPSR.

  • 1 August 2019

    The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is seeking papers to publish as part of a theme issue on advancing the science and practice of primary health care as a foundation for UHC. The theme issue aims at providing a forward-looking view of the innovations, challenges and shared responsibilities in driving primary health care, and at filling gaps and fostering discussions around what is needed to implement a primary health-care vision towards UHC.

  • 19 July 2019

    HSG and the Alliance, in collaboration with Health Policy and Planning, invite early-career women based in LMICs and working on HPSR issues to apply for the next cohort of our mentorship scheme. The call is open to women who are interested to publish their HPSR research for the first time in a global peer-reviewed journal but require guidance and support to submit a manuscript which has the potential to be published.

  • 28 June 2019

    The Public Health Foundation of India and the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health have issued a call for applications for a new research fellowship programme on 'Strengthening gender equity and intersectionality in health policy and systems research' for participants from the South East Asia region.


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