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i4C - Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities

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i4C was a consortium of researchers and partnering institutions seeking to increase access to life-saving medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Kaisu Koski, Injection Simulator (2015), developed as part of political pressure strategies..

i4C was a consortium of researchers and partnering institutions seeking to increase access to life-saving medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable people.


The i4C project brought together a consortium of researchers and partner institutions to evaluate policy interventions that aimed to secure access to basic health commodities in low and middle income countries. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) was leading the project in collaboration with the Global Strategy Lab (GSL) at York University (Toronto, Canada), and was being supported by a Research Council of Norway four-year operating grant of 24.7 million kroner from 2015 to 2019.

Improving access to health commodities

The project evaluated eight international policy interventions directed at supporting the implementation of recommendations issued by the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC).  In particular, the project focused on improving access and strengthening innovation. The interdisciplinary project team evaluated interventions such as free trade agreements, advocacy, international treaties, and new economic models for research and development.

Presentations

Research seminar in Oslo, Tuesday 8 October 2019

The science of global governance (pdf)
Mathieu J.P. Poirier, Global StrategyLab

The value of institutions (pdf)
Kristin I. Sandberg, Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Prioritizing investments in vaccine development against epidemic infectious diseases (pdf)
Dimitrios Gouglas, NIPH/Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

Political pressure strategies (pdf)
Lathika Laguwaran, Global Strategy Lab

Administrative strategies and scientific advice in global health governance (pdf)
Unni Gopinathan, NIPH

Implementing normative strategies: the Essential Medicines in Three East African Countries (pdf)
Berit Sofie Hembre, NIPH, Walter OdochThe East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC)

Five strategies for mobilizing global collective action: Antimicrobial resistance (pdf)
Steven J. Hoffman, Global Strategy Lab

Close out meeting DRIVE-AB, Wednesday 10 July 2019

Key achievements (pdf) 
Christine Årdal, NIPH

i4C management

  • Principal Investigator: Trygve Ottersen, Director for the Division of Health Services at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Steven J. Hoffmann, Director at the Global Strategy Lab, and Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management, York University, Toronto
  • NIPH Focal Point and contact person: Elizabeth Peacocke, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

The project was finalized in 2019.

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