International knowledge network for nutrition in Africa  

Sep. 2, 2014

NICE International attended the kick off meeting of the International knowledge network for nutrition in Africa, of which it is a partner. This initiative builds on a previous EU-funded project SUNRAY (Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the years to come) that showed that knowledge on nutrition needs to be strengthened, formalized, shared, and used as the basis for setting priorities in …

Project work in Ghana 2012 – 2014

Sep. 1, 2014

click here for the latest on iDSI activity in Ghana. Between 2012 and 2014, the Rockefeller Foundation funded NICE International to support a series of initiatives with the Ministry of Health and associated agencies, including The National Health Insurance Agency (NHIA), The Ghana Health Service (GHS, the largest provider agency) and the Ghana National Drugs Programme. The key objective of this …

Asia-Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for HTA Initiative (ARCH)

Aug. 24, 2014

Final Asia-Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for HTA Conference in Singapore The ARCH initiative for 2014 came to a close at a one-day conference attended by representatives from all the countries that participated in the initiative November 2014 The ARCH initiative for 2014 came to a close at a one-day conference in Singapore on the 21st November. Representation from all the countries …

Quality Standard for the Hospital Management of Acute Stroke in Vietnam 

Developing a Quality Standard for the Hospital Management of Acute Stroke in Vietnam July 2014 View pictures of the launch of the quality standard On 16-17 July, the Ministry of Health Vietnam launched the Quality Standards for the Hospital Management of Acute Stroke (“the Stroke QS”). This is the first set of evidence-informed quality standards developed locally in Vietnam, with technical …

Philippines

Transforming Health Systems – Philippines NICE International was awarded a 2-year grant, starting in 2013, by the Rockefeller Foundation. The focus will be on strengthening priority setting methods and processes in the Philippines. A scoping visit to the Philippines took place in December 2012 to explore possible areas of support. The visit identified a number of specific activities relating to …

A potential indicator for measuring the success of HTA development

By Nattha Tritasavit, Chalarntorn Yothasmutra Aug. 19, 2014

One day I was perusing the news and came across an article about the inclusion of five new high-cost drugs in the Thai benefits package. Unbeknownst to me, the Thai Universal Health Coverage (UHC) released a news article in all domestic newspapers informing the public that the Director-General of the National Health Security Office (NHSO), which manages UHC, claimed that …

Turkey

Aug. 1, 2014

Developing a clinical guideline in Turkey  Assessment of a performance-based contracting scheme in Turkey February 2012 Francoise Cluzeau conducted three focus groups with the World Bank in Ankara, Turkey as part of the programmatic assessment of performance based contracting scheme in Family Medicine Practice. The focus groups gathered 30 participants from various provinces in Turkey and included: Family Medicine physicians, …

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Ministry of Health visits NICE  The Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka visited NICE to understand the process of establishing and maintaining a quality assurance system in the areas of maternal, neonatal care and family planning. October 2013 In the third visit by the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka to NICE and NHS partner organisations, a delegation …

Georgia

Clinical guideline development in Georgia Georgian clinical guideline launched February 2011 On 24 February the Georgian Ministry of Labour Health and Social Affairs (MOLHSA) launched the Georgian Clinical guideline on the diagnosis and initial management of acute stroke & transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The event was introduced by the deputy Minister Mr. David Lomidze and Director of Health Dr. Rusudan Rukhadze.. …

Finding the true north of evidence-based policy development

By Yot Teerawattananon, Nattha Tritasavit Jul. 30, 2014

Finding true north is important for accurate navigation to embarking on the right path. While there may be many paths to making policy decisions, the ultimate goal is to end up with a decision that has been well-informed by evidence. Evidenced-based policy decisions result in more transparent and effective outcomes that are defendable to the public. A case in point …