iDSI Stakeholder Engagement report launched by Meteos

By Becky Buell, Sophia Tickell Sep. 16, 2015

As a contribution to iDSI, Meteos undertook a stakeholder consultation through interviews with a wide range of stakeholders. The goals of the consultation were to: Solicit feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders on how iDSI can maximise its impact in support of government priority-setting. Solicit input on the form and agenda of an ongoing iDSI stakeholder engagement mechanism. The …

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, 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 …

5,000 infant warmers, cardiac stents, or cancer drugs: How will India choose?

By Ryan Li Apr. 1, 2015

India is embarking on an ambitious journey to provide UHC for its 1.2bn people, one sixth of the world’s population, through a national health assurance scheme. Today’s move of RSBY (India’s largest health insurance scheme, for its Below Poverty Line population) into the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare appears to be a significant step towards that goal.

HTA capacity development across Asia

By Alia Luz Mar. 18, 2015

HITAP’s activities during the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2015 focused on an overarching theme – priority-setting for universal health coverage (UHC), which is also the theme for next year’s PMAC. As a new member of the HITAP team, I was involved in different activities during the Conference, particularly helping out at the PMAC 2016 booth and two side meetings. …

Strengthening HTA agencies in Asia: Learning and sharing experiences for the APO Policy Brief Meeting

Dec. 19, 2014

By Alia Luz, Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP) With the introduction of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Asian countries, priority-setting and HTA has become increasingly important.  However, only in the past decade has HTA been used to inform countries’ health programs and policies. As such, HTA agencies are relatively new in Asia.  In 2007, the Health Intervention and …