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5th AfHEA Biennial Scientific Conference – Securing PHC for all: the foundation for making progress on UHC in Africa

Liam Crosby Mar. 11, 2019

With thanks to Liam Crosby iDSI contributed extensively to the 5th Biennial African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) conference 2019, including organising 10 sessions and bringing over 30 researchers and experts to the conference, strengthening our collaborations with African partners. The conference occurred as iDSI turns its focus increasingly towards Africa, working to support decision-making and health priority-setting across …

PRICELESS-SA are looking to recruit a new Technical Advisor

Jun. 6, 2016

iDSI Core Partner PRICELESS-SA are looking for a new Technical Advisor to join their team in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Technical Advisor will be a key member of the PRICELESS team and central to the successful delivery of the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) sub-Saharan Africa Programme. Please click here to download the Job description. To apply, please forward your CV …

International Decision Support Initiative awarded US$12.8m grant from the Gates Foundation

Jan. 30, 2016

In January 2016, the international Decision Support Initiative (iDSI, launches Phase 2 with an award of US$12.8 million (£8.9 million) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This represents a major single investment by the Foundation dedicated to making better decisions for better health, and a significant commitment by the Foundation and iDSI partners worldwide to enacting the Bangkok Statement …

179 LMICs, 1 iDSI: Where do we start? Setting priorities in international development

By Ryan Li May. 29, 2015

Priority-setting is important for all countries, regardless of level of economic development, if the goal is to achieve and sustain universal health coverage (UHC). One year ago in Geneva, the World Health Assembly endorsed a resolution on Health Intervention and Technology Assessment (HITA), calling on member countries to support each other in strengthening institutional and technical capacity for priority-setting. The …

Mapping of priority-setting in health in 17 low and middle income countries across Asia, Latin America, and Africa

By Karla Hernandez-Villafuerte, Ryan Li, Adrian Towse, Private: Kalipso Chalkidou May. 20, 2015

A new OHE occasional paper has just been published, written in collaboration with NICE International. The document aims to assess the characteristics of a sample of low and middle income countries (LMICs), in order to select a shortlist of countries in which an iDSI practical support project could have the maximum likelihood of success and possible impact. The practical support project …

Cuban medical education: The cat that couldn’t bark?

Shah Ibrahim Mar. 17, 2015

The award of almost 200 free scholarships to enable students from United States of America to study medicine in Cuba came as quite a surprise at an All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health meeting on 4 March 2015, chaired by Lord Crisp, titled ‘Potential Lessons for Primary Care Emerging from the Cuban Model of Medical Education’.  Surely the USA’s …

We need better value from every rand we spend on healthcare in South Africa

Karen Hofman, Aviva Tugendhaft Feb. 25, 2015

South Africa is in the process of preparing for a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to reach universal health coverage by 2025. Attaining this goal in a resource-constrained environment will rely in part on understanding which interventions should be prioritised and how resources should be allocated.

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 …