Global Health Priorities

Priorities 2020

Priorities in Global Health 2020

There will always be a higher demand for global health aid than actually given, therefore we need a mutual understanding of how to make priorities between different aid programs and patient groups. What should be prioritized: interventions to improve mental health? Mother- and child interventions? How about prevention of chronic diseases? It is not evident how tools and interventions best can be evaluated, nor what choices are the right ones.

The new project Priorities in Global Health 2020 has assembled an international group of leading experts on priority setting. This group will meet regularly over a five year period, discussing the principal theoretical challenges of priority setting and also give feedback on reports and papers written by scientists affiliated with the group.

These scientists will work in the two newly established research groups, one at the University of Bergen, Norway and the other at the National Institute of Health & Department of Bioethics in USA. Cooperation with groups in Ethiopia and India is also central. Together, these groups will work continuously on papers and developing new ideas that the expert group then will discuss and advise on before publishing.

There is no agreement on the single best method to evaluate health interventions and policy instruments to improve global health. There is need for an independent research group and a group of experts that can evaluate priorities in global health towards 2020. 

Aim of the project:
To develop tools to incorporate equity concerns alongside cost-effectiveness information to aid priority setting across interventions and health service delivery platforms relevant for Global Health

Collaborative Two-Tiered Structure:
1) An international group of experts on priority setting with representation of the leading experts from around the world including researchers, policy makers, and representatives of international health organizations and NGOs with expertise in this area. Should meet regularly over a 5 year period, two times per year for three days to discuss in depth critical issues, and to react to research papers produced by their members and the research team.

2) A research team with critical mass located in two institutions (IGS at University of Bergen and the NIH/Department of Bioethics in the U.S. The team will work all year, producing papers and ideas that are then discussed by the Group of Experts and refined for publication and reports.

• Disease Control Priorities Project, IHME
• NIH, Department of Bioethics
• The Norwegian Knowledge Centre
• Collaborating partners in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Arba Minch)
• Public Health Foundation India
• Advisory group: International experts and policy makers