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Call for IHP correspondents (2023)

Call for IHP correspondents (2023)

By Kristof Decoster
on December 15, 2022

We are pleased to announce the IHP call for correspondents 2023. Each year, the weekly International Health Policies Newsletter & network issues a call for correspondents to contribute to the newsletter.

The weekly IHP newsletter/digest is a flagship knowledge management activity of the IHP network, funded by the Belgian Government (DGD), providing a trusted source of curated health policy news, key global health and HPSR publications and offering a platform for blogs and articles, especially for authors from LMICs.  

The network aims to boost synergies with actors and networks from across the world who share similar values, and increase the influence of scholars from the Global South on the global health policy & HPSR agenda. In times of Decolonizing Global Health and calls for a New Public Health Order   (& Global Health Order!), and given the dire pandemic, geopolitical and planetary health times we’re facing, this has only become more urgent.

IHP has a special focus on empowering (and offering a platform to) young health policy and systems researchers (Emerging Voices for Global Health and others).  The editorial team will work with them on finetuning their editorial/blog.  For more info on IHP (network, newsletter & blogs), see the website:

This call aims to provide more opportunities to young researchers and other change agents from different regions and continents (especially from the Global South) to write and publish blogs and editorials. In total, between 5 and 10 correspondents will be selected from across the world for the year 2023 through a competitive process, aiming also for a balance in terms of regional diversity, gender etc.

IHP correspondents will be expected to contribute at least one, preferably two editorial(s) (included in the weekly newsletter) during the year 2023, either

(1) on a health policy/system issue/reform(s) in their own country/region, or

(2) reflecting & commenting on a global health policy trend, global health governance, a recent event, buzzwords, a new report, …  from their perspective. More in particular, 2023 will be an historic year, with not one, but three UN High Level Meetings focused on health – one on Universal Health Coverage; one on Tuberculosis; and one focused on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response. Of course, we hope that these three high level meetings will work together to give national policymakers and researchers a coherent and integrated approach to build health systems for future resilience.  But there is a risk that the three meetings will instead fragment health policy even further. Whichever scenario materializes in the end, it is crucial for you, as a researcher or change agent, to follow these meetings even if they are not focused on your area of interest, because the declarations will shape international and national policymaking and discussions about accountability for many years to some. So in case you’d like to reflect on the (run-up to) these high-level events, in terms of process, governance, buzzwords, …. This is one concrete way for IHP correspondents 2023 to weigh in on global health policy & governance in the year 2023. But there are no doubt many other options.

PS: In addition to an editorial (to be included also in the weekly newsletter), correspondents can also write a blog for IHP (for the website), if they wish so, for example on an event they attend or some other topic they consider important (eg: related to their PhD topic, for young researchers).

Applicants should:

  • Be an EV alumnus from a recent cohort (2020/21 or 2022) or a member of the EV TWG Google group
  • Have good writing skills in English    
  • Have an interest in health policy & systems research (with a general interest in global and/or planetary health)

Interested candidates should send their 3-parts candidacy by e-mail to Min Dai ( ), as follows:

  • -Their CV  (max. 2 pages),
  • -A short motivation letter explaining why they want to be an IHP Correspondent  (between 200 & 400 words)  (in English)
  • -one (preliminary) idea/pitch for a possible contribution to IHP (max. 150 words)  (in English)

PS: Although IHP targets articles in English, correspondents who don’t feel comfortable in English but prefer to write in French or Spanish are also encouraged to apply. A few might also be selected.

We will accept applications until 15 January 2023, midnight Antwerp time.

Good luck!

The IHP editorial team

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