Updates and opportunities from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

7 October, 2019

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, an international partnership hosted at WHO, works to improve the health of those in low- and middle-income countries by supporting the generation and use of evidence that strengthens health systems. We have some recent updates and opportunities that we wanted to share with the HIFA community.


Can universal health coverage be achieved without evidence? At a side event during this year's UN General Assembly, co-hosted by the Alliance and Health Systems Global with support from the Government of Georgia, panelists highlighted the need for further investments in health policy and systems research to achieve universal health coverage. A recap of some of the key points from the event is available at: https://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/news/2019/uhc-unattainable-without-evi...

A new global research agenda to advance primary health care Effective primary health care is a critical part of ensuring health for all. To that end, leaders in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are eager to build, reform, and strengthen their primary health care systems to deliver high-quality, integrated, and patient-centred care. The question is, how? In a sweeping effort, 76 researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers from 19 countries identified the gaps in global knowledge about what works in primary health care and how to build effective primary health care systems and prioritized a new research agenda. The findings are published in 14 articles in a special issue of BMJ Global Health, Strengthening primary health care through research: Prioritized knowledge needs to achieve the promise of the Astana Declaration. Discover key insights from the special issue at: https://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/news/2019/global-research-agenda-phc/en/

Calls for papers

Innovations in Implementation Research in LMICs: A call for papers for a special supplement of Health Policy and Planning. We invite articles that deal with, among others, assessments/evaluations of public health policy and programme implementation, health policy implementation analysis, systematic reviews of public health policy and programme implementation, embedding and co-producing implementation research and governance and ethics of implementation research in LMICs. Deadline extended to 15 November 2019. More at: https://academic.oup.com/heapol/pages/cfp_innovations_in_implementation_...

Advancing the science and practice of primary health care as a foundation for universal health coverage: The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is seeking papers for a theme issue that aims at providing a forward-looking view of the innovations, challenges and shared responsibilities in driving primary health care, and at filling gaps and fostering discussions around what is needed to implement a primary health-care vision towards UHC. Deadline is 30 November 2019. Find out more: https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/97/8/19-239889.pdf

Other opportunities

Call for proposals - Country-level stories of change on health policy and systems research: The Alliance is seeking a team of diverse health policy and systems researchers and communicators to develop stories of change on eleven low- and middle- income countries that provide an overview of how the HPSR environment has changed between 2009-2019 at the country level, and what the Alliance’s contribution to those changes has been. Deadline is 12 November 2019. More info at: https://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/callsforproposals/en/

Call for fellows – Health Policy Analysis Fellowship: Building on the success of the previous Fellowship, the UCT School of Public Health and the Alliance are looking for new participants in its PhD mentorship programme. It is open to LMIC PhD students registered in LMIC universities, or those registered for an equivalent degree. Their PhD project should seek, at least in part, to research the politics of health policy change. Deadline is 31 October 2019. Find out more at: http://www.publichealth.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/...

Best regards,


Jeff Knezovich

Technical Officer (Partnerships and Engagement)

Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

World Health Organization

Telephone: +41227911989

Email: knezovichj@who.int

Address: avenue Appia 20 / CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland

Web: https://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr

HIFA profile: Jeff Knezovich is a Technical Officer (Partnerships and Engagement) at the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO in Switzerland. Email address: knezovichj AT who.int