FAB-HPSRIs is an international collaboration of Health Policy and Systems Research Institutions (HPSRIs) with a mission to foster a robust HPSR ecosystem in Asia through enhanced organizational development. The primary objective of the initiative is to strengthen the “robustness” of HPSRIs by co-creating a contextually tailored framework for assessing their resilience within the Asian context. Subsequently, this framework serves as the foundation for implementing organizational capacity strengthening efforts through a specialized Spring School for HPSRIs, located in both Nepal and the Philippines.
Underlying Theory of Change
The theoretical underpinning of the FAB-HPSRIs project is that a broader systemic improvement can be achieved by strengthening the individual HPSRIs across Asia, resulting in a more robust HPSRs ecosystem in the region. This theoretical proposition highlights the significance of concentrating efforts on individual institutions as catalysts for broader positive change in the field of health policy and systems research.
One of the key objectives of the project is the collaborative development of a comprehensive capacity assessment framework. This framework empowers HPSRIs to conduct a critical self-appraisal of their existing capacities. Through this introspective process, institutions can gain valuable insights into areas that require improvement and subsequently strategize targeted capacity development initiatives to address identified gaps.
Presently, FAB-HPSRI is being implemented in Nepal through a partnership between HERD International and the Nepal Health Research Council and in the Philippines through a partnership between Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes and Department of Health. This joint effort is aimed at designing and refining a comprehensive capacity assessment framework that enables HPSRIs to holistically reflect on their capabilities and tailor capacity development activities to bridge any identified gaps.
In a Nutshell
By consolidating international collaboration, emphasizing assessment, and promoting targeted capacity strengthening, FAB-HPSRIs seeks to advance the health policy and system research landscape in Asia, ultimately fostering a sustainable and impactful ecosystem for health policy and systems research in the region.
Associated Team Members
Achyut Raj PandeySenior Research Fellow - Health System Research
Mr. Achyut Raj Pandey is a well-experienced public health researcher with over 8 years of experience working in the field of public health research. In terms of academic qualification, he holds a master’s degree in public health and his expertise spans from operations research to health policy, and system research. Before joining HERD International, Mr. Pandey served as a Senior Research Advisor in an FCDO-funded endeavor known as the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Operational Research Project (MEOR). This project was an [...]Learn more
Bipul LamichanneResearch Officer
Personal Bio I have been working in diverse public health areas including adolescent health, reproductive health, nutrition, tuberculosis, disaster management and planning and immunization. I have experience working in the fields of research and communications over my professional career. Works undertaken that best illustrates capability to handle the tasks assigned A study on Comprehensive Sexuality Education among adolescents in Nepal Effectiveness and utilization of adolescent friendly health services by adolescents in Nepal Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on [...]Learn more
Sushil Chandra BaralManaging Director
Dr. Sushil Chandra Baral is an experienced health and development expert with over 25 years of experience in research and development. Specializing in health systems, health policy, and planning at both national and international levels, Dr. Baral has played a pivotal role in communicable disease control, specifically Tuberculosis. He serves as a Managing Director at HERD International. In the past, he worked as a Strategic Advisor for the Nepal Health Sector Support Programme demonstrating expertise in program-based operational research and [...]Learn more