5th AfHEA Biennial Scientific Conference – Securing PHC for all: the foundation for making progress on UHC in Africa

Liam Crosby Mar. 11, 2019

With thanks to Liam Crosby iDSI contributed extensively to the 5th Biennial African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) conference 2019, including organising 10 sessions and bringing over 30 researchers and experts to the conference, strengthening our collaborations with African partners. The conference occurred as iDSI turns its focus increasingly towards Africa, working to support decision-making and health priority-setting across …

Using Evidence for Decision-Making in Health Benefits Package Design: iDSI co-hosts major event, bringing together policy-makers from six North Eastern Indian States

By Laura Downey Feb. 27, 2019

As India moves towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), finding robust and evidence-based answers to the challenges of defining which services should be publicly funded, for whom and how, becomes increasingly important. The introduction of ‘Modicare’, the nascent health insurance scheme announced out by the Indian Federal Government to cover some 500 million citizens, brings with it a complex …

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Focusing on Value for Money: delivering introductory course to Unitaid and Global Fund

Alex Winch Jan. 10, 2019

Achieving Value for Money (VfM) is a hot topic in the international development arena, but why is it important, how do we measure it and what role does it play to maximise impact? As countries move towards Universal Health Care coverage and transition from development assistance for health, there is an even more acute need to establish robust processes for …

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Job opportunity: Researcher/Senior Advisor for Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Global Health Cluster

By Madeleine Stewart Dec. 19, 2018

Applications are invited to join the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Global Health Cluster as a Researcher/Senior Advisor. The Global Health Cluster contributes to cooperation with public health institutions in low and middle- income countries and sits within the Division for Health Services, which works closely with other public health institutions, universities, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the …

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HITAP developing book to highlight best buys, wasted buys and controversies in non-communicable diseases prevention

By Rachel Archer Dec. 14, 2018

With Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day 2018 only just been and gone, the HITAP team are already gearing up for next year’s UHC Day – when we plan to launch a book detailing best buys, wasted buys and controversies in the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The burden of NCDs remains high in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Reducing this …

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iDSI’s Health Technology Assessment Toolkit surpasses 100 downloads

By Madeleine Stewart Dec. 3, 2018

iDSI has launched a free, accessible resource for technical staff working in health policy keen to build Health Technology Assessment processes in their own countries. The Health Technology Assessment Toolkit was published in September 2018 following consultation with staff working in health policy around the world who helped develop the content. The end result is a tool detailing the building …

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Balancing budgets and coverage on the road to determining Health Benefit Packages: iDSI hosts three major events bringing together policy-makers from around the world

By Madeleine Stewart Nov. 12, 2018

Although needs and available resources will undoubtedly differ by country, many face similar challenges on the road to determining an essential package of health benefits as part of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). As part of three recent events, which saw hundreds working in health policy gather in Accra, Liverpool and London, iDSI sought to delve into important factors that guide …

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Spotlight on: iDSI, Sida and CHAI session on health financing towards Universal Health Coverage at Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Oct. 31, 2018

At this year’s Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, iDSI collaborated with Sida and CHAI for the first time on convening a well-attended satellite session dedicated to health financing towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – paving the way for more collaborations in future as we explore joint work across Sub Saharan Africa to support priority-setting for UHC. The session brought …

Impact in Indonesia: two low value cancer drugs to be removed from national medicines list

By Madeleine Stewart, Manushi Sharma, Ryan Li Oct. 18, 2018

iDSI’s impact in Indonesia was commended during the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) which took place in Liverpool last week. As part of a satellite session iDSI hosted with CHAI and Sida, ‘Health financing towards UHC’, Pak Budi Hidayat, Professor of Health Economics and Health Insurance at the University of Indonesia and a member of the national …