5th International Fellowship on Health Technology Assessment 16-19 March 2015, Mumbai

WHO Country Office for India in collaboration with National Health Systems Resource Center (NHSRC) and SAMEER, an autonomous R&D institute at Mumbai under the Department of Electronics, Government of India is organizing the 5th International Fellowship on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Mumbai from 16 – 19 March, 2015.

This is in continuation of WHO India’s efforts to further the HTA agenda and build capacity of researchers twice in a year, through the HTA fellowships. Over 200 health professionals have been trained through the joint NHSRC and WHO India fellowships over the last few years.

HTA is a pragmatic, highly adaptable tool to aid decision making in low-resource settings. It can improve governance and create consensus. The primary purpose of HTA is to inform technology-related policy-making in healthcare, and consequently improve the uptake of cost-effective new technologies in the health system. It prevents the uptake of technologies that are of doubtful value for the health system. Thus, HTA assessment is essential for evaluation of clinical benefit, cost effectiveness, ethical and regulatory aspects leading to identification and uptake of safe and appropriate technologies.

One of the cornerstones of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) initiative is access to essential medicines and health technologies. Medical devices, assistive devices and eHealth solutions are important components of health technologies, which have the potential to save lives and improve quality of life and well-being. These technologies can play an important role in improving public health, enhancing the quality of life and to move towards the broader agenda of UHC.

During this six-day fellowship, the subject of systematic reviews, economic analysis, medical technology evaluation, clinical epidemiology and health economics will be deliberated in detail by expert faculty members. This unique fellowship will bring together engineers, researchers, healthcare professionals, industry experts, and THE government to form a vibrant and fertile innovative ecosystem for HTA.