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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 …

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Health Technology Assessment proves a hit as almost 100 delegates attend sustainable resource allocation event in Accra

By Madeleine Stewart Sep. 30, 2018

Almost 100 delegates policy representatives from across Africa and Europe gathered in Accra, Ghana this month for a special event that focused on sustainable resource allocation policies for low and middle income countries (LMICs), co-hosted by iDSI and Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi). The two-day ‘Setting Priorities Fairly: Sustainable Policies for Effective Resource Allocation’ event, opened Ghana’s Deputy Minister for …

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60 seconds with… Dr Justice Nonvignon

By Madeleine Stewart Sep. 14, 2018

iDSI caught up with Dr Justice Nonvignon, a senior lecturer and health economist at the University of Ghana, ahead of a special event in Accra later this month that focuses on sustainable policies for effective resource allocation in Africa. As part of the two-day event, Justice will lead on a workshop session highlighting international case studies of Health Technology Assessment …

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WHO reports decreased local spending on health in presence of donor aid – so what does this mean?

By Laura Downey, Alec Morton, Kalipso Chalkidou Jul. 27, 2017

Over the past decade there has been a noticeable shift in global health analyses from a macro focus on achievement of key metrics such as the Millennium (now Sustainable) Development Goals, to micro-level scrutiny of discrete aspects of health system functioning. One recent example is the WHO report “towards UHC – thinking public”, published online recently. This report explores the …

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More money is not always the answer to the ills of global health

By Laura Downey Jul. 25, 2017

Increasing the amount of money spent on health isn’t always the answer, especially in the absence of a system that can readily and effectively absorb additional funds. Laura Downey discusses this in the context of India in the following blog. According to an IndiaSpend analysis of 2017 Reserve Bank of India data on state budgets, nine of India’s poorest states …

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 …

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. …

Global Health and Development Participation 10th China Heath Technology Assessment Forum

By Kalipso Chalkidou Nov. 14, 2016

In November 2016, Kalipso Chalkidou participated in the 10th China HTA Forum at Hangzhou in SE China, under the auspices of Fudan University and with support from the China Medical Board. The Forum, attended by 300 delegates from academia, provincial and central administration and the international HTA community, was an opportunity to share experiences and commit to institutional partnerships including …