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6th HTAsiaLink Conference 2017 Hanoi, Vietnam

This year’s conference was held at La Than Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam from 17th to 19th April 2017 organized by Health Strategy and Planning Institute (HSPI), Ministry of Health, Vietnam. Around 120 participants attended the conference. The theme this year was ‘Health Technology Assessment in designing and implementing Benefit Package for Universal Health Coverage (UHC)’. […]


Universal Health Compassion for Universal Health Coverage

Jakarta: As we fly over the clear blue Java Sea, I notice the sand from a few scattered islands sloping into the clear waters. I glance again towards my right shoulder at the travel pack I have been reading, containing Indonesia’s country progress report and the objectives of our collaborative activities. I am part of […]


Considering the inclusion of off-label medicines in UHC package of Indonesia

In the global scheme of medicines provision, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face difficulties in ensuring medicine access. Aside from the improvements still needed to healthcare infrastructure, financing, and service delivery, these countries also face issues in prioritizing their health services and ensuring the sustainability of their benefits packages. These issues are complex, but even […]


Soft launch of GEAR at South Africa

GEARING UP FOR BETTER DECISIONS: LAUNCHING THE GUIDE TO HEALTH ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH (GEAR) ONLINE RESOURCE Alia Luz Imagine you’re a researcher in a low- and middle-income country (LMIC), and you find that you need to conduct an economic evaluation for your country. Now, where do you start? Or if you get halfway and are […]


iDSI launches global public good: questionnaire on priority-setting readiness

iDSI aims to help policymakers in low and middle income countries in building capacity for active priority-setting, such that they can spend limited health budgets in a more efficient and equitable way, and achieve sustainable universal health coverage (UHC). In order to help achieve iDSI this aim, we at NICE International have developed a questionnaire to assess countries’ […]


PMAC 2015: iDSI

During the PMAC 2015, a side meeting on the role of the international Decision Support Initiative ( was organized in order to discuss: progress of the initiative so far and the challenges of country-led reforms. To begin, NICE International gave a presentation on HTA as a means of setting priorities for Universal Coverage. This presentation […]

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