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The Unit of Health Policy belongs to the Public Health Department at ITM. The Unit, established in 2013, is led by Professor Wim Van Damme and consists of a multidisciplinary team (medicine, public health, political science, law).
The unit is developing a strong institutional collaboration with the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa), where Wim Van Damme held a SARChI chair focusing on comparative health systems research. The unit is starting new institutional collaborations with Cambodia’s National Institute of Public Health, Phnom Penh, and with Centre de Recherche et Formation en Santé Rurale, Maferinyah, Guinea. The unit collaborates with many other institutions in Europe, such as Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; Karolinska Institute, Stockholm; Sciences-Po, Paris; London School; Maastricht University. Within Belgium it collaborates with the Health Sociology unit at UA and with the Gerontology unit at VUB, and with other Units of Public Health at ITM (Health Financing, Health Economics, Health Systems).
At present the main fields of work of this unit are focusing on:
- SDGs & global health governance (rights-based approach), especially the Global Fund and other global health initiatives, WHO reform, global health workforce governance.
- Health policy and health systems strengthening, with particular focus on ‘fragile states’, and how to overcome the traditional divide between health systems strengthening and disease-specific approaches.
- Publishing the weekly International Health Policies Newsletter (http://www.internationalhealthpolicies.org/).
- Supporting the Emerging Voices for Global Health initiative (http://www.ev4gh.net/), created by the health policy unit, now coordinated by Institute of Public Health, Bangalore, India.
The health policy unit currently focuses on the following research lines:
- Health workforce policies (globally and in Guinea and Ethiopia)
- Global Health Initiatives and global health policies, in a rights-based perspective
- ART scale-up (Ethiopia) and diabetes treatment (as chronic lifelong conditions)
- Relation between disease control programs & health systems strengthening
- Financial access for the poor (especially Health Equity Funds in Cambodia)
- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): global and national policies
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SCaling Up an integrated care package for diaBetes and hYpertension for vulnerable people (SCUBY): policy analysis and strategy development.
27/04/22 → …
Claiming Citizenship: A Study of How Adolescent Muslim Girls and Young Women Negotiate Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Rights in Urban India
1/01/22 → …
1/01/21 → 31/12/24
Accessibility and quality of haemodialysis services in an urban setting in South India: a qualitative multiperspective studyElias, M. A., Van Damme, W. & Wouters, E., 2022, In : BMJ Open. 12, 2, 8 p., e052525.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-articleOpen AccessFile90 Downloads (Pure)
Analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons towards a more effective response to public health emergenciesAssefa, Y., Gilks, C. F., Reid, S., van de Pas, R., Gete, D. G. & Van Damme, W., 2022, In : Globalization and Health. 18, 1, p. 1-13 13 p., 10.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-articleOpen AccessFile22 Downloads (Pure)
Community-based ART service delivery for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa: scoping review of outcomes along the continuum of HIV careIbiloye, O., Masquillier, C., Jwanle, P., Van Belle, S., van Olmen, J., Lynen, L. & Decroo, T., 2022, In : AIDS and Behavior. 26, 7, p. 2314-2337 24 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-article