Learning health systems: an empowering agenda for low-income and middle-income countries
In a new comment in the Lancet, leaders from the WHO and health systems in several low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) argue that institutions in high-income countries (HICs) are the main funders and generators of academic knowledge on health systems in LMICs, and that much too often this knowledge reflects their priorities rather than the needs of health systems in LMICs. To address this power imbalance, they suggest that learning be prioritised as a core part of strengthening health systems in LMICs.
Today marks the launch of the new Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research publications database. The database currently contains around 600 outputs from Alliance grantees or from work commissioned or undertaken by the Alliance. It is searchable by topic, country of focus, lead author and even methodology.
10 December 2019 A few weeks ago, participants from Pakistan, Timor-Leste, Botswana, the Alliance and the SwissTPH came together to reflect upon and plan a new programme of work on Systems Thinking for Strengthening District Health Systems (ST-DHS). The initiative takes a unique approach by supporting countries to apply systems thinking tools and practices to understand and intervene in their local health system.
4 December 2019 | Following a review of existing best practices in other sectors and discussion among a group of experts, this new publication from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (WHO) and the Global Health Ethics Unit (WHO) identifies 14 practical questions to help clarify the ethical responsibilities for HPSR projects and explains them through the lens of six case studies.
28 November 2018 | The Alliance has worked with the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Institute of Health Equity at University College London to establish a new Commission on Social Determinants of Health focusing on the region. The newly established commission, chaired by Sir Michael Marmot, will work toward reducing health inequalities by analyzing data, documenting actions, offering practical recommendations, providing strategic guidance, and strengthening capacity.
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'.
News and events
8 November 2019
The leadership team from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) met with the Director-General and senior management of the World Health Organization to discuss the critical role the Alliance plays in strengthening health systems around the globe. At the meeting, the Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, underscored that strong health systems are the foundation for achieving universal health coverage.
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.
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'.
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.