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About NIHA

Made possible with a S$17 million, 10-year funding from the GlaxoSmithKline-Economic Development Board Trust Fund, NIHA is coordinated by the NUS Global Asia Institute, in collaboration with the Duke-NUS Medicine School, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the NUS Business School. NIHA will also collaborate with other institutions with relevant experience in Singapore and internationally.

The ultimate goal of NIHA is to strengthen health delivery services in Asia through improved research, governance and sustainable financing. NIHA aims to have a highly relevant, wide-ranging and significant impact through its multi-disciplinary activities.

NIHA comprises a portfolio of cutting edge research, high-level forums and a Leadership Program. The research and forum in health policy provide greater insights to formulate the Leadership Program that will train a talented pool of professionals in the field and enhance the capabilities and competencies of regulators and healthcare policy-makers.

About Global Asia Institute

The Global Asia Institute (GAI) recognises that the myriad complex issues emerging with the 21st century require new multidisciplinary research approaches that provide more integrative understanding and insights for appropriate action. As such, GAI brings together the expertise of promising and established researchers in the holistic exploration and resolution of current issues affecting Asia and the world.

The NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia (NIHA) is one of two core research programmes GAI coordinates. NIHA’s key objectives are to contribute significantly to thought and policy-formulation in public health and health systems development in Asia, and to elevate Singapore to a leading position in healthcare policy and related research.

Since 2010, GAI has overseen the delivery of six Leadership Programmes and five forums; and the award of 25 research projects through an integrative team comprising GAI, the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS Business School, the Duke-NUS Medical School and the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.

The second core research programme is the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre (JY CARC), which examines how various Asian countries which start off with similar economic models end up exhibiting different growth trajectories and economic outcomes. In particular, the current research direction focuses on comparing how various Asian countries, which began with a common capitalist premise, have developed unique capitalist models.

In addition, there are four new research programmes: The Behavioral Change programme aims to develop low-cost interventions that generate positive, long-term outcomes in Asia; the Healthcare programme studies the impact of environment on health at the cellular, genetic, and transgenerational levels; the Data Analytics programme augments investigations into novel data-intensive research areas; and the Interdisciplinary Research programme combines research efforts from the other three arenas.

GAI is currently helmed by Noah Lim (left), the Director of the NUS Global Asia Institute and Provost’s Chair Professor at NUS Business School. With numerous established and new research programs in place, GAI welcomes capable and talented researchers and collaborators. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.gai.nus.edu.sg

About NIHA LDP 2019

Amidst increasing societal expectations of public health coverage for new and often expensive health technologies, the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) aims to provide senior regulators, health policymakers and practitioners a comprehensive perspective of applying health technology assessment (HTA) to advance universal health coverage (UHC). Topics covered will include priority benefit setting, value tools to generate evidence to improve efficiency and equity in UHC policies, engaging with the private sector and pricing negotiations. This LDP will be supported by case studies including funding for dialysis, digital therapeutics and vaccinations, and involve site visits in Singapore to leading health systems and innovator organisations. Subject experts from renowned institutions such as the World Health Organization, United Nations Development Programme, Ministry of Health, Singapore, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London and Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health will also share their invaluable experiences with you.

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