Drawing on the existing academic strengths of Green Templeton College and the wider research community in the University, GTC launched a Global Health Policy Programme in 2012, led by Fellows Winnie Yip and Ken Fleming, for advancing knowledge and excellence in implementing policy aspects of global health using an evidence-based approach. GTC Senior Research Fellow Alan Silman has taken the lead of the Programme in 2016-17 following Winnie’s move to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Low-cost and high-effectiveness health interventions exist but many people, especially those in lower and middle income countries (LMIC) lack access to them, leading to avoidable and preventable mortality and morbidity which impose significant disease and financial burdens on the world's population.
The intellectual questions GHPP aims to answer are: why do people lack access to evidence-based healthcare; how should/could healthcare policies be designed to effect affordable and equitable access to evidence-based healthcare; what are the pre-conditions for effective implementation of policies?
The search for solutions to these questions is not new, as exemplified by the recent global agenda to achieve universal health coverage (UHC: defined as securing access for all to appropriate promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services at an affordable cost) and the Millennium Development Goals. However, many solutions remain at the stage of ideas with limited evidence on whether they work and, if so, what are the pre-conditions required. Where evidence exists, it can be fragmented and inaccessible to policymakers.
Through a series of theme-based world-class speaker series, collaborative and inter-disciplinary research projects and educational material development, and student-led seminars and journal clubs, the Programme's objectives are to:
- discover and synthesise evidence of effective design and implementation of policies to achieve affordable, equitable, and sustainable access to evidence-based healthcare
- disseminate the findings to policy-makers and professionals to effect policy-making, implementation and changes in practice
- provide a platform to facilitate synergy in research and teaching among GTC members and between GTC and other Oxford academics with similar interests.
GHPP also encourages and supports researchers, especially doctoral students and junior researchers to undertake pilot research projects in the area of global health policy. Three pilot projects are currently running: find out more about the pilot projects.
The Programme organises and hosts a programme of seminars and lectures: see a list of forthcoming and past events.
For more information about the Global Health Policy Programme, or to join our e-mailing list on future activities associated with the Programme, please contact:
Ruth Loseby, Academic Projects Manager