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Priority-setting challenges for health system managers subject of CHEPA seminar

05 Apr 2012

A new framework developed to evaluate priority setting in low- and middle-income countries will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on April 18, presented by Lydia Kapiriri, assistant professor in McMaster’s Department of Health, Aging & Society.

Priority setting is one of the biggest challenges faced by health managers and policy-makers in low- and middle-income countries. The difficulty is compounded by the widening gap between health problems and the resources available to solve those problems, as well as the lack of credible evidence and clear approaches to priority setting.

In the presentation, entitled A Framework for Evaluating “Effective” Priority Setting in Low and Middle Income Countries, Kapiriri will discuss the development of the framework and describe future plans to assess its practical robustness.

While there have been some efforts made through development assistance to address the limitations of priority setting, there is a lack of literature quality indicators for effective priority setting. Kapirii will describe how the framework for evaluating priority setting was developed based on document reviews and key informant interviews with international experts.

Kapiriri, whose work to test the robustness of the framework is funded by CIHR, conducts research geared to understanding and improving priority setting in health care systems in developing countries. She is also interested in HIV/AIDS research among underprivileged populations.

The seminar will take place in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend. Click here for instructions on how to listen to the presentation through Elluminate.

Kapiriri has a PhD in international health from the University of Bergen in Norway, and a master’s degree in public health and a degree in medicine from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She also has a master’s of public health in primary health care management, from the Royal Tropical Institute, KIT, Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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