2016-2017 Annual Research Theme

Health technologies and implementation landscapes


In December 2013, the Commission on Investing in health published its report titled “Global Health 2035” that sets out an investment framework to achieve “grand convergence in global health” by 2035 (Jamison et al. 2013). This commission called for the scaling up of health tools, such as medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and other health innovations. For many, global health innovations presents opportunities for substantial payoffs from investing in health and reductions in global morbidity and mortality rates. However, this groundswell of innovations for global health is not without its controversies, with its critics claiming too much emphasis has been placed on technological discovery and catalytic research, instead of addressing more systemic causes of health and disease. This year’s theme will address the challenges, tensions and controversies extant in the implementation of regional, national and intergovernmental health technologies. In this effort, our research teams will assess the implementation of health technology initiatives for their capacity to be influenced by and contribute to health systems, delivery of interventions, patient care and healthcare, and social determinants of health.

Research Components

  • Identify existing innovative health technology platforms regionally and explore their purposes and(potential) outcomes on health systems, delivery of interventions, patient care and healthcare,and social determinants of health. Outcomes may be intended or unintended, foreseen or unforeseen.
  • Explore existing policies that facilitate the implementation of identified innovative health technologies.
  • Examine existing collaboration frameworks between leaders of health technology initiatives and regional governments, NGOs, international organizations, and private organizations.
  • Discuss how health systems, best practice, and policy strengthening can enable more effective implementation of health technologies.

Sources of Information

  • Semi-structured interview with experts and stakeholders involved with specific health technology initiatives, government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, and private organizations.
  • A systematic review of policy documents, journal articles, and publications pertinent to the topic.