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 …

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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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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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60 seconds with… Patric Landin

By Madeleine Stewart Oct. 2, 2018

iDSI caught up with Patric Landin, regional advisor for Sida’s (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights team, ahead of the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) in Liverpool next week. A HSR 2018 satellite session, which will focus on health financing towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), has received funding from Sida, working on behalf …

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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 Yogan Pillay

By Madeleine Stewart Sep. 26, 2018

iDSI caught up with Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director-General for Communicable and Non-communicable Disease, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation in the National Department of Health in South Africa, ahead of the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) symposium in Liverpool next month. 1. You are a panel member in the sub-session, ‘Design of Health Benefit Packages’ during the HSR 2018 …

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Five key points on Modicare: India’s soon to be rolled-out National Health Insurance Scheme

By Laura Downey Sep. 17, 2018

As India gets ready for the introduction of Modicare, reported to be the largest government-sponsored insurance scheme in the world with a target population of 500 million, we highlight five key points about the revolutionary health scheme. 1. The poor are the primary beneficiaries of this scheme Modicare’ s predecessor, the government-run health insurance programme Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), …