Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
BAZZANI, Roberto; LEVCOVITZ, Eduardo; URRUTIA, Soledad and ZAROWSKY, Christina. Building bridges between research and policy to extend social protection in health in Latin America and the Caribbean: a strategy for cooperation. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, suppl., pp. S109-S112. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2006001300020.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have promoted a joint initiative to design, implement, and evaluate innovative strategies for the Extension of Social Protection in Health (SPH) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), involving active partnership between researchers and research users. This initiative was based on a previous review of research on health sector reforms and the recommendations of the workshop on "Health Sector Reforms in the Americas: Strengthening the Links between Research and Policy" (Montreal, Canada, 2001). In its first phase, the initiative supported the development of proposals aiming to extend SPH, elaborated jointly by researchers and decision-makers. In the second phase, the implementation of five of these proposals was supported in order to promote the development of new SPH strategies and new stakeholder interaction models. In this edition of the journal, the process of linking researchers and decision-makers will be analyzed in the context of the five projects supported by this initiative.
Keywords : Health Policy; Health Systems; Health Services.