Published: 14 December 2022
Eight new researcher-led projects have been awarded funding under the NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research (Global HPSR) programme’s most recent call to fund research to improve access to appropriate and affordable health services in low and middle income countries (LMICs), aligned with the aims of Universal Health Care and Sustainable Development Goal 3.
Half of the new awards will be led by researchers based in LMICs, marking an important shift in the NIHR Global Health Research programme‘s funding approach.
These new researcher-led awards of up to £4 million each over the next 4 years are funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the UK aid budget.
The projects include collaborations with researchers in Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa and the UK. They are:
- Tulong, Ugnayan ng Lingap At gabaY (TULAY): Co-designing Philippines' Community Physical Rehabilitation
- Strengthening health systems by addressing community health workers’ mental wellbeing and agency
- Health Financing Fragmentation and Universal Health Coverage in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and India
- Implementation of the COmmunity HEalth System InnovatiON Project, COHESION - I
- A 'safe Systems' Approach For Enabling Traffic Injury Prevention in Nepal (SAFE TrIP Nepal)
- Community Voices in Health Governance - Translating Public Participation Into Practice in a World of Pluralistic Health System
- C-it DU-it: Community Data Use for Integrated ANC
- IMPACT: Innovations using Mhealth for People with dementiA and Co-morbidiTies
Sarah Puddicombe, Assistant Director of Global Health Research programmes at NIHR, said: “We are delighted to announce this new phase of NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research including four directly funded LMIC teams.‘’
“Each of these new projects involve equitable partnerships and work with communities and policy makers to conduct innovative, demand-led health policy and systems research that will improve access to appropriate and affordable health services in LMICs, and contribute to health systems strengthening globally.”