China Development Research Center of the State Council visit Imperial College to learn about the NHS

By Kalipso Chalkidou Nov. 2, 2016

“In October 2016, Imperial College’s Global Health and Development Group hosted, at the request of the FCO China, the National Development Research Center of the State Council and the China Development Research Foundation, to offer an overview of the NHS and the politics of the 2012 reforms. Alex Carter, health economist at IGHI and Nick Timmins, former Financial Times health correspondent …

Launch of UK supported Prosperity Fund project in Qingdao, China

By Francis Ruiz

On July 28th 2016, Francis Ruiz of the Global Health and Development group (GHD, formerly NICE International), participated in the launch of a UK supported Prosperity Fund project in Qingdao, China. The project, led by the China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC), GHD’s key Chinese partner in an ongoing collaboration on health technology assessment (HTA), focuses on chronic disease …

Exploring Evidence for Supporting Government Investment in the Peritoneal Dialysis First Policy

By Alia Luz Oct. 25, 2016

Renal replacement therapy (RRT) is the only life-saving type of treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. There are three types of RRT: kidney transplantation, haemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis. To respond to the growing burden of non-communicable diseases including chronic kidney disease, RRT is now a national issue to consider for government investment under Universal Health Coverage. However, universal access …

Global Health and Development Group at EuroQol EQ-5D Symposium, Bandung, Indonesia

By Francis Ruiz Oct. 6, 2016

On Sept 8-9, 2016 Francis Ruiz participated in a two-day symposium centred around the recently developed iDSI Reference Case highlights the importance of using generic measures such as QALYs or Disability Adjusted Life Years since they offer comparability and consistency in decision-making. Work on developing the tariff was led by researchers based at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia and Erasmus University, …

India HTA and topic selection workshops – reports now available

Oct. 5, 2016

At the direct request of the government of India, iDSI is providing hands-on, technical support to policy and decision makers to engage in more effective allocation of health resources through implementing a system of health technology assessment (HTA) in India. This mandate to establish an effective system of HTA through the creation of a medical technology advisory board (MTAB) was allocated to …

Dr Suwit Wibulpolprasert delivers inaugural Global Health and Development lecture at Imperial College

By Susie Colville Oct. 4, 2016

The newly formed Global Health and Development Group at Imperial College London welcomed Thai general practitioner and public health policy advocate, Dr Suwit Wibulpolprasert as the first guest speaker for a Global Health and Development lecture series, the first of its kind at the College. Dr Suwit spoke about the Thai experience of achieving universal access to affordable quality healthcare, outlining some of the challenges faced …

Institutionalizing HTA in India – A joint iDSI-DHR event

By Laura Downey Aug. 11, 2016

India is at a crossroads on the journey towards universal health coverage (UHC). With India’s growing importance in the global economy, it faces considerable challenges in delivering high-quality, accessible healthcare within an increasingly global marketplace. Choosing interventions and technologies that deliver the best health results for the money are literally life and death decisions. Yet, constraints on public budgets, competing agendas, …

Improving antibiotic prescribing for COPD and pneumonia in Vietnam

By Ryan Li Jul. 1, 2016

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasingly recognised as a global health threat. However the scientific and political consensus is still emerging on how best to translate antimicrobial stewardship approaches into policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries, where ensuring access to appropriate antibiotics may remain a challenge and a potentially conflicting policy priority.

Health and the Wealth of Evidence: A workshop on using Health technology Assessment (HTA) for priority setting in Indonesia

By Francis Ruiz May. 10, 2016

Thailand’s HITAP, one of iDSI’s core partners, along with the Indonesian Ministry of Health and the  WHO country office in Indonesia, organised and led an HTA capacity building workshop in Jakarta, from  April 25 to 29, 2016. Delegates included clinicians from four academic institutions in Indonesia (University of Gadjah Mada, University of Airlangga, University of Hassanuddin, and the University of Indonesia), …

NICE International engagement with Chile

By Francis Ruiz

NICE International is a partner on a project led by the Division of Health Planning, Ministry of Health of Chile relating to “Building capacity on health technology assessment (HTA) processes in Chile”. This project is being pursued within the context of the Institutional Skills programme, an initiative of the Newton Fund administered by the British Council.  The Newton Fund is …