The first-ever World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research was launched by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (APHSR) today at a special meeting organised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of APHSR’s inception. The meeting was co-hosted by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.
The report describes the evolution of the field of health policy and systems research (HPSR) and provides figures on the number of publications produced, funding trends and institutional capacity in low- and middle-income countries to conduct HPSR. It offers insight into how the multidisciplinary and systems approach used in HPSR can help countries advance the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda.
In the SDG era, where tackling inequity is centre stage, the report provides practical recommendations on how to reorient health research so that it responds more effectively to public health challenges on a national and global level.