EHS-COVID (539) Results of the ISoGH's research priority setting exercise for COVID-19 in LMIC

14 May, 2022

I wonder if this may be of interest to HIFA members?


International Society of Global Health

Dear Richard,

One of the missions of the International Society of Global Health (ISoGH) is to set global health research priorities more equitably, particularly recognising the needs of large and underprivileged populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

We are delighted to report that our first such collective priority-setting exercise, which was focused on COVID-19, has been completed as the main activity within our 2nd ISoGH's Annual Forum.

The resulting paper was recently published in the Journal of Global Health. It was based on the input from more than 60 ISoGH members who agreed to take part in our 2nd Annual Forum and complete the priority-setting exercise.

The reference is:

Polasek O et al. (including 67 co-authors): Research priorities to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries. J Glob Health. 2022 Apr 15;12:09003.

The paper is open-access and can be found on PubMed at the link:

The key messages of this paper were that health policy and systems research to inform COVID-19 vaccine uptake and equitable access to care was urgently needed, especially for rural, vulnerable, and/or marginalised populations. This research should be supported in parallel with studies that will identify approaches to minimise vaccine hesitancy and effectively integrate care for COVID-19 with other essential health services in LMICs.

This paper will now form the basis of the 1st ISoGH's Annual Report. We will aim to deliver this report to many national and international organizations that fund health research. ISoGH will call on the funders of health research in LMICs to consider the urgency and priority of this research during the COVID-19 pandemic and support studies that could make a positive difference for the populations of LMICs.

In the coming weeks, we will be inviting all our members to the third ISoGH's Annual Forum and launching our second ISoGH's priority-setting exercise. The most topical theme is still being discussed, and the leading proposed ideas are addressing the impact of conflict and violence, economic crisis, or climate change on global health. We will again invite all our active members to take part in the exercise.

Based on the results of this first exercise, we encourage you to please consider taking part in future exercises. The impact of these priority-setting exercises on funding agencies will be more likely if we can achieve respectable representation from many countries, particularly those that are low- and middle-income.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Igor Rudan, FRSE

President, the International Society of Global Health


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