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Towards HTA in the Philippines: iDSI welcomes passage of new Congress UHC Bill

By Diana Bayani, Mohamed Gad Oct. 9, 2017

September 6th 2017, the Philippines’ lower house of Congress approved the Universal Health Coverage Bill, introducing key reforms to improve population coverage, reform provider payment, and strengthen health technology assessment (HTA) implementation, among others. It has been 15 years since HTA was introduced in the Philippines through the efforts of dedicated key individuals. This development marks a crucial step towards …

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Ramblings in Rome – a first-timer at HTAi

By Else Krajenbrink Jul. 14, 2017

Each year, HTAi attracts over 1200 participants from 70 different countries. From 19 – 21 June, Rome was awash with scientists, policy makers, journalists: anyone who is involved in the field of HTA. Because of the number and variety people, a huge number of topics came to the stage. Ranging from the latest technologies in the field of surgery, to …

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iDSI at HTAi: bringing India closer to UHC

By Claire Turner, Laura Downey Jul. 12, 2017

How will India achieve its target of Universal Health Coverage for its 1.25 billion population? Last month Laura Downey, GHD, convened a panel at HTAi to discuss how health technology assessment is being used to make UHC a reality in India.  The panel was chaired by Kalipso Chalkidou, GHD, and speakers alongside Laura included representatives from the Department of Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health …

HITAP Announce New International Internship Program

Jun. 1, 2017

Imagine you are a researcher from a low- or middle-income country who wants to undertake research that would help your country make better decisions about healthcare provision in the nation. However, your country has limited resources. You know that the solution is ‘evidence-informed decision making’ but you also know that you and your colleagues have very limited capacity in this …

Prof Jo Lord and Dr Kalipso Chalikidou visit Ghana to continue work on optimising hypertension care pathway

By Kalipso Chalkidou , Prof. Jo Lord Apr. 6, 2017

The Global Health and Development group at Imperial College London (formerly NICE International) has worked with the Ghanaian authorities, under the leadership of the country’s Ministry of Health for a number of years, with support from the UK’s Department for International Development and more recently the Rockefeller Foundation and PATH under ADP. Since the last visit in April 2016 at which …

A series of events to support the China Health Policy & Technology Assessment Network, led by CNHDRC, the iDSI China HTA hub

Johanna Habicht, University College of London Mar. 10, 2017

17th, 21st-22nd  February 2017, China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC) and Global Health and Development Group (GHD), Imperial College London organised a series of events in Xiamen which further illustrate China’s ongoing commitment to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of its health services. The first day started with the dissemination meeting of a project supported by the UK Prosperity Fund. The …

Health Policy Evaluation and Technology Assessment Network Meetings in Xiamen, China – New horizons for international cooperation in evidence informed policy making

By Mohamed Gad

2017 February 17th – 21st, Building on the launch of China Health Policy and Technology Assessment Network last December, China National Health Development Research Center (CNHDRC) hosted a series of events in Xiamen, China – marking the network’s consistent progress towards evidence-informed healthcare in China as well as building capacities for China’s HTA network. Kalipso Chalkidou, Reetan Patel, & Mohamed Gad …

DHR,Government of India, travel to Thailand for HTA study tour

By Laura Downey , Kavitha Rajshekar Feb. 8, 2017

The Government of India is committed to extend healthcare services to its 1.25 billion population as part of India’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda. The Medical Technology Assessment Board (MTAB) to be set as a part of Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare aims to reduce the cost and variations in patient care, expenditure on medical …

Building capacity to use evidence for UHC in Vietnam

By Ryan Li Feb. 6, 2017

With thanks to Waranya Rattanavipapong, HITAP Better policymaking for universal health coverage (UHC) requires different actors in the health system to have the right capacities to generate and use evidence. Led by HITAP, in Vietnam iDSI has been supporting the Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI), a technical unit under the Ministry of Health, to build capacity for generating policy-relevant …

Increasing India / iDSI collaboration – expanding our technical assistance towards institutionalising HTA in India

By Laura Downey Jan. 30, 2017

We are happy to announce that iDSI has been awarded a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in India to significantly scale up our work in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in the country. This grant was awarded as an extension to our existing IDSI funding to engage with global policymakers, academics, and think-tank institutions towards health system strengthening. …