FUTURE OF HEALTH POLICY & SYSTEMS RESEARCH: TRANSITIONING FROM MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS FOR IMPROVING HEALTH
The importance of health policy and systems research (HPSR) for strengthening health systems is widely recognized. However, availability and uptake of research evidence for health systems to formulate evidence informed policies is challenging. The transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) represents a new global promise to health by encompassing a broader range of economic, environmental, and social pillars of sustainable development. The adoption of the 2030 agenda offers an exciting opportunity for strengthening health system governance. The integration of HPSR is essential for the fulfillment of SDGs through the collaboration of multiple sectors and policy coherence. Various innovative strategies have been recognized to build strong partnerships between researchers, policy-makers, and academicians to highlight the role of HPSR in realizing and achieving SDGs. Multilateral and bilateral organizations working in the field of HPSR can play a facilitatory role to inform the development of healthcare reforms through strategic engagement among a variety of stakeholders.