Launched in 2009, the International Health Policies Network (IHP Network) is an initiative of the Health Policy Unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (ITM). Over the last 3 years, the IHP network has been part of the 2014-16 DGD framework agreement project “Collaborative knowledge management in international health policy and financing”, together with the Communities of Practice.
The aim of the network is to boost the influence of scholars from the Global South on the global health agenda, with a focus on young health policy & systems researchers – aka “Switching the Poles”. Main activities include:
- knowledge management, particularly towards providing a trusted source of curated health policy “news” and key global health & HPSR publications;
- offering a platform for blogs and articles, especially for authors from low-and-middle income countries;
- networking with other global health actors.
The weekly International Health Policies (IHP) newsletter (English) and fortnightly Politiques Internationales de Santé (PIS) (in French, and an output of the Health Services Delivery Community of Practice) are key outputs of the Network and support the knowledge management and networking pillars of the Network.
As mentioned, the IHP Network also aims to boost synergies with actors and networks from the south with a similar agenda and values. It is a key stakeholder in the Emerging Voices program, often playing an active role in supporting young researchers from the South in sharing their work and experiences across platforms and at the HSR symposia.
Members of the Network are encouraged and supported towards networking opportunities, particularly in engaging in global and regional conferences, workshops or networking events.
The International Health Policies Newsletter
The weekly International Health Policies newsletter is the flagship activity of the IHP network and provides a curated listing of the week’s key global health (policy) news, events and publications. The newsletter highlights and synthesizes key health knowledge resources on issues relevant in the SDG and planetary health era, including Universal Health Coverage, AMR, global health security and the need for resilient health systems, among others. The newsletter also presents feature articles and blogs by a network of young and experienced global health practitioners, mostly from the South.
Making the most of the IHP Newsletter
The newsletter has four main sections:
- The introduction (by the editorial team);
- A feature article (by a contributor from the South, usually);
- the ‘Highlights of the week’ section – i.e. the key news and publications of the week;
- the remainder of the newsletter is divided into thematic sections (such as Infectious diseases & NTDs, NCDs, Human Resources for Health; etc.).
The sections follow each other in the pdf and email versions of the newsletter. On the website, the introduction is featured on the homepage, with the latest feature article and blogs accessible from the links on the right-side of the page. The listings can be accessed through the menu above. If you’re on a smartphone, scroll below the introduction for the articles and blogs, and use the menu feature (top right) to access the listings. If you’re short of time, the “Highlights of the week” section is essential.
Want to contribute?
We welcome contributions in the form of editorials and blogs (500-800 words). Guest writers can comment on a ‘hot’ topic, trend or event in global health, or can highlight a health issue that they feel is being neglected on the global health scene. Writers can also propose an article on the links between their PhD research and the global health agenda, provide timely comments on a conference or other global health event they recently attended… Plenty of options, in other words.
While the newsletter focuses on writers from the Global South, we also welcome contributions from people based in the North. If you wish to contribute, please contact Kristof Decoster (ITM) at email@example.com. Also use the same email account if you want to suggest articles or other publications which you deem relevant for the weekly newsletter.
The Editorial board reserves the right to feature the blogposts and editorials that appear on IHP on other blogs (in accordance with agreements with partner blogs), i.e. crossposting. Credit will always be given on these sites to the original author and to the IHP website, where the post appeared first, and vice versa (i.e. posts that appeared first on other sites and are then cross-posted on IHP, will give due credit to the platform where they appeared first).