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    Project ID: NW-002 Status: Active

    IHP is the co-ordinator for the Equitap (Equity in Asia-Pacific Health Systems) research collaboration. Formed in 2000, the Equitap network groups researchers in more than fifteen Asian territories and three European countries who work collaboratively to measure and assess equity performance of national health systems. The much-acclaimed work of Equitap was funded between 2000-2005 by a major EU INCO-DEV grant, but the work continues with other funding. The Equitap project has made a major contribution to providing the evidence base for understanding how well different Asian health systems perform with respect to equity, and to setting the stage for new research to understand the critical determinants. During 2006-2009, the first publications from Equitap’s first phase of work are being published.

    In 2008, Equitap received new funding from AusAID and IDRC, which is enabling it to expand its coverage to Mekong and South Pacific countries, and to sustain its work through to 2010. A network meeting of all partners was held in Seoul in July 2008 to plan out the new phase of work.

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     Project at a glance  Project team
    Start Date: Apr 2005
    End Date: Ongoing
    Themes: Health equity, Health systems
    Sponsor(s): European Commission, AusAID, IDRC
    Client: Not applicable
    IHP Staff: RP Rannan-Eliya, R Elwalagedera, T Fernando, F Saleem-Ismail, A Somanathan
     Location  Further information
    Region: Asia
    Country(s): Asia
    Partner(s): Erasmus University, London School of Economics, Nepal Health Economics Association, Data International, Public Health Foundation of India, IHPP Thailand, MOH Malaysia, Gadjah Mada University, Seoul National University, MOH Mongolia, MOH Kyrgyz, China National Health Economics Institute, Upecon Foundation, Hong Kong University, Chang Gung University, HSPI Vietnam, NIPH Laos, CDRI Cambodia, AIHW Australia
    More details: AusAID ADRA Equitap grant
    Related IHP research: IDRC Equitap grant
    The Lancet publication

    External links:
    Equitap website


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    27 Jul 2010: Dr. Rannan-Eliya receives Presidential Awards for published scientific research!
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    12 Apr 2008: Dr. Rannan-Eliya participates in the UNICEF Consultation on Equity in Access to Quality Health Care for Women and Children in Halong Bay, Vietnam
    31 Mar 2008: Who pays for healthcare in Asia? Equitap findings published in Journal of Health Econmics
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    30 Mar 2007: Equitap findings presented at WHO Commission on Social Determinants and Health seminar at WHO Headquarters, Geneva
    31 Jan 2007: Equitap comparative analysis of incidence of government health spending in Asian countries published by World Bank Economic Review
    12 Oct 2006: Lancet publishes results of Equitap study of the poverty impact of out-of-pocket spending on health in Asia
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