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NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia (NIHA) Leadership Program 2019

Jun. 24, 2019

Advancing UHC in Asia Through the Use of HTA for Health Care Priority Setting and Reimbursement Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, 24-28 June 2019. By invitation only Universal health coverage (UHC) is not only to be made available but also sustainable and every country is now thinking about how to make both happen. Health …

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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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iDSI hosts two-week study tour for Chinese delegation

By Madeleine Stewart Oct. 18, 2018

Health policy evaluation and Health Technology Assessment in the UK were put under the spotlight during a two-week study tour for Chinese officials, hosted by iDSI, which concluded today. The 22 delegates, from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, visited London and Cambridge to develop their understanding of the UK healthcare system, including health-related legislation and regulatory mechanisms, policy development and …

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First capacity building for HTA in India workshop kicks off in Delhi

Jul. 24, 2018

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is an important tool for prioritising health resources in India’s journey towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), this was one of the key take-home messages from a workshop delivered by iDSI this month. The workshop was the first in a series that are designed to help build capacity for undertaking HTA in India; and come as the …

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Capacity building for Health Technology Assessment in India: strengthening foundations for evidence-informed priority setting

By Laura Downey Jul. 2, 2018

iDSI is providing technical assistance to build essential capacity in the generation and utilisation of evidence to ensure the best value from every rupee spent in the Indian health system. This comes as the government of India has committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage by 2030. Setting the right priorities to maximise value of health …

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Developing methods for use of the iDSI Reference Case

By Madeleine Stewart Jan. 23, 2018

Research groups developing methods to support the use of the iDSI Reference Case (RC) for economic evaluation met to discuss work to date at a workshop in Glasgow. The iDSI RC sets out a principle-based framework as an ‘aid to thinking’ to inform better decision making in health in low-to-middle income countries (LMICs). Representatives from Imperial College London, University of …

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7 key messages from the new iDSI report “Improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare services in Ghana through HTA”

By Mohamed Gad, Francis Ruiz, Kalipso Chalkidou Nov. 16, 2017

In Africa, the burden of communicable diseases, maternal and child morbidities and mortalities is fast shifting towards chronic non- communicable diseases, giving rise to a phenomenon known as “double burden of illness”. Given that few domestic resources are allocated to health, and externally provided funds are committed to siloed disease programmes, there is an urgent need to develop practical and …

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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 The panel was chaired by Kalipso Chalkidou, GHD, and speakers alongside Laura included representatives from the Department of Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), …