About the blog

International health policies (IHP) blog is an initiative of the ‘Health Policy unit’ at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM), and fits in the wider project of “Strategic Network on International Health Policies.” It is in line with the ITM objective of “Switching the Poles,” aiming to increase the influence of the Global South on the global health debate.


Topics we cover

We focus on international and global health issues like global health initiatives, global public goods, aid effectiveness in the health sector but we also cover important articles in specific domains like AIDS or malaria. We specifically favor topics that influence health in developing countries.


The IHP Newsletter

Our blog has an accompanying newsletter that has been sent out weekly since early 2009, on Friday afternoons.Our team selects about 10-15 articles from the Lancet and other sources related to international health policies in low- and middle income countries and circulates them to the people interested. We have over 2000 readers spread over all continents, both in the North and in the South. Next to the English version, we also provide a French newsletter.


Subscribe here.

(As an additional service to subscribers from developing countries, they can be provided with some articles that they have difficulty downloading from their location.)


Follow us at @healthsys4all. You can submit articles you find relevant for the newsletter directly to us or by adding #IHPNews in your tweet.


Editorial board
Kristof Decoster, Peter Delobelle, Ildiko Bokros, Basile Keugoung & Wim Van Damme (ITM)

5 Responses to About IHP

  1. Majdi Ashour says:

    “ I started scanning the international health policies newsletter from time to time since the end of 2011. My enrollment in a course in health policy in Europe has increased my bonds to the newsletter as a part of my classes; then, when back home to the eastern Mediterranean I have continued following it; and in order not to miss it I have recently subscribed to it . The appearance of the newsletter on the weekend made it a must and joyful Friday reading. Additionally, living in an isolated and ‘ disposable’ enclave which is called Gaza Strip, where people are digging themselves into sands through underground tunnels in order to cross borders, adds a great meaning and value to IHP newsletter for me pointing to a world which has long gone airborne and increasingly borderless and to a possible light at the end of our life tunnels.”

  2. Genet Anteneh says:

    It is a great pleasue for me to ba able to start getting such an important newsletter. It will support us in updating our knowledge on health. Those who are working on it realy desrves recognition on behalf of millions who demand better health. I will constantly try to follow issues to be raised and use for my work. If my capacity permits I will also try to share what I will see from my countrty Ethiopia.

  3. I regularly read the IHP newsletter. It kind of helps that it’s published Fridays when many of us in the global health check papers that made it to The Lancet. The IHP newsletter goes beyond the Lancet and provides a broader perspective in international health policies. I strongly recommend anyone from the field to check it out.

  4. Davidson Gwatkin says:

    I’ve become a regular reader of the IHP newsletter, and have found it makes interesting reading as well as very helpful in keeping me up to date with current developments. I’ve come across several highly relevant item in it that I’d not previously known about. Thanks

    Dave Gwatkin,
    Senior Fellow at the Results for Development Institute, and a Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  5. I do regular media monitoring on global health issues and find it very useful to have the Friday IHP newsletter to double-check that I did not miss anything. More often than not I still find really interesting links in there, especially leading to blogs and studies. I like it that IHP is critical and does not only cover mainstream topics.

    Kerstin Reisdorf

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