Building Stronger health systems with evidence from research

Launch of Learning Engaging and Advocating for Policy and Systems Research (LEAP) Forum

On 25 April 2017, the Learning Engaging and Advocating for Policy and Systems Research (LEAP) forum was launched in Stockholm, Sweden. LEAP is an international network of organizations whose members believe global challenges facing health systems need a global response. They are dedicated to better harmonizing and coordinating efforts and actions between systems research, policy and implementation communities. LEAP was launched at a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, where many of the representatives from these organizations were present. This meeting was hosted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), co-sponsored by the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

LEAP was represented by the following institutions: The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research; Academy Health; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Sax Institute; Health Systems Global; the World Heart Federation; and the Cochrane Collaboration. Other founding members include: the European Observatory; the Evidence-Informed Policy Network; World Organization of Family Doctors; UNICEF Innocenti research centre; and the InterAcademy Partnership. IAP was represented at the launch meeting by IAP for Health Executive Committee member Rajae El Aouad from Moroccco.

Every nation faces the challenge of managing a high-performing health system that meets the needs of its population. LEAP seeks to coordinate efforts in generating and using policy and systems knowledge to support learning health systems, share lessons learned across the field by various stakeholders, and promote research that is embedded in health systems to enhance its use in decision making.

Please click here to access the LEAP brochure