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Ghana’s Minister of Health launches the National HTA Steering Committee and calls for HTA institutionalisation in the country

By Mohamed Gad, Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Elizabeth Peacocke Oct. 14, 2019

On Friday 4th October 2019, members of the International Decision Support initiative (iDSI) were invited to the Ministerial Inauguration meeting of Ghana’s first National Health Technology Assessment (HTA) steering and technical committees for HTA. The invitation acknowledged iDSI’s 11 years of active involvement in the country advocating for prioritising evidence-informed decision making in Ghana

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iDSI hosts fifth two-week study tour for senior Chinese health professionals and researchers

By Francis Ruiz Oct. 11, 2019

The iDSI team at Imperial College and core iDSI partner the China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC), have been organising visits by groups of high-level Chinese health leaders and professionals, from national and regional bodies, and from clinical and non-clinical roles, to visit the UK each year since 2014. The study tours seek to provide delegates with a solid …

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The Health Technology Assessment programme in India (HTAIn): two exciting developments

By Françoise Cluzeau Aug. 14, 2019

The International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) is proud to support India as it continues to make huge strides towards health priority setting.  iDSI has an ongoing technical assistance programme with the Government of India through the Department of Health Research (DHR) with a focus on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). The Health Technology Assessment programme (HTAIn) which is funded by the …

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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 …