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Saturday, May 26, 2018
International Decision Support Initiative

International Decision Support Initiative (IDSI)

In 2015, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), PRICELESS entered into a collaboration with the International Decision Support Initiative. This global partnership includes leading government institutes, universities and think-tanks including NICE International (UK), Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Programme (HITAP) in Thailand, the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, and York University. The mission is to guide decision makers to effective and efficient healthcare resource allocation strategies. This is recognized by senior SA policymakers in Health and Treasury as central to strategic planning. The International Decision Support Initiative is BMGF’s biggest ever single grant on health systems strengthening. 

The International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) is a sustainable, adaptable, international mechanism to provide policymakers (at sub-national, national, regional and international levels) with coordinated support in priority-setting as a means to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The initiative shares experiences, showcases lessons learned, and identifies practical ways to scale technical support for more systematic, fair and evidence informed priority-setting processes. Its interventions help to improve access to effective health interventions and the quality and efficiency of health care delivery, and to help elevate the value of priority setting as essential for attaining and sustaining UHC.

A landscape analysis of South African clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) was conducted as part of the iDSI collaboration. Through this work we aimed to collate all publicly available clinical guidelines on the provision of health care in South Africa, and the developers/commissioners of such guidance.  In total, 285 CPGs published online after the year 2000 were found. This work is currently under review for journal publication.