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Changing a Theory of Change: Six important lessons from our work with iDSI

Laura Hopkins, Stefanie Wallach Jan. 28, 2019

A guest blog from our evaluation partner Itad What is a Theory of Change? A Theory of Change provides the foundation for monitoring, evaluation and learning and outlines the key causal steps and preconditions for successful translation of iDSI support into the institutionalization and capacity-strengthening required for “better decisions”. We’ve all been there, right? It took hours of work from …

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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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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 …

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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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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 …