Established in 1877, the University of Manitoba (UM) is the oldest university in Western Canada and has been active in international HIV-related research, programming and knowledge translation since the early 1980s. The UM’s Institute of Global Public Health (IGPH) focuses on scientific approaches to policy development and program implementation and has extensive global experience in research, policy development and program implementation. This field experience has been translated into program guidelines and policies that have been incorporated into national policies in several countries across the globe including Pakistan. It has forged important partnerships with global health policy leaders, national government agencies, international agencies (i.e. BMGF, World Bank, WHO, UN organizations, US Centre for Disease Control etc.,) and key research institutions to create essential platforms for research and knowledge translation. These platforms link with the Global program of the University of Manitoba and provides Pakistan an opportunity to share its experience at various global platforms and also learn from others experiences to accelerate the development, translation and dissemination of knowledge generated by the country level activities.
Realizing the fact that academic partnerships are essential for fostering strong and effective public health practice and policy development, both UM & HSA engaged in a joint partnership, with the Ministry of National Health Services, Research and Coordination (MoNHSRC) as a key stakeholder. This joint venture aims to build upon each other’s experiences; influences, and relationships to strengthen human resources for health, and ultimately improving health services in Pakistan and globally. It works through three foundation pillars each representing a specific area of work, each having its specific objectives and activities. The three key pillars as: 1) Academic collaborations, 2) Policy & Programs and 3) Research.
As international academic research institution, both Health Services Academy and University of Manitoba commit to bring resources together, to provide learning opportunities for the faculty, students and community health residents of both UM and HSA. The long-term objectives of this partnership is to jointly develop joint degree programs, student and faculty exchange programs and offer learning sites for various key health research and program areas. Among the various activities designed under this work area included:
Policy inputs at the highest level could have appreciable impact on the achievement of health agenda within the Sustainable Development Goals. Through this partnership, we therefore are working to develop high impact programs to build support across government for higher levels of investment in health, and to ensure that health is prioritized within overall economic and development plan of Pakistan to achieve the SDGs.
With the continued scarcity of available resources and escalating costs of health care, there is an increasing need for countries to conduct research and generate evidence that could feed into high-impact interventions that become national priorities, are cost effective and scalable at the country level. Research therefore is at the forefront of this collaboration agenda that follows up on the suggestions and recommendations provided by the Health and Population Think Tank as well as research priorities set by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination.
To support the DCP-3 initiative and the roll out of the UHC package in ICT, UM and HSA has conducted multiple research studies, involving support of faculty and graduate students. Some of these research initiatives include: