The institute has become one of several partners in the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) network. The network works to ensure that health services in low- and middle-income countries receive the best possible knowledge base to make equitable healthcare decisions and in the health services.
The partnership follows iDSI’s award of USD 14.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and complementary funding of USD 3.25 million to the NIPH from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation to support universal health coverage.
Low- and middle-income countries need to perform systematic reviews and health technology assessments before investing in health technology and treatment. Initially, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and iDSI will begin training in systematic reviews and health technology assessments in Ghana and Palestine.
“Without proper support, it is hard for decision-makers to navigate the broad and ambitious Sustainable Development Goal agenda and to make evidence-based choices that are both fair and efficient. iDSI serves as a unique platform to support the most critical choices on the path to Universal Health Care, and the Institute is delighted to be part of this partnership” says Trygve Ottersen, Division Director at the NIPH.
The iDSI collaboration is in line with the institute's strategic goal of helping low and middle income countries to achieve universal health coverage.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health joins an esteemed group of core partners in the network; the National Health Foundation of Thailand, the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, the National University of Singapore and the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program, the China National Health Development Research Center, the Health Research Research Unit of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the Wellcome Trust Program and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.