The main activities of the PPS group are:
Global human resources for health policies, planning and regulation:
IHMT as the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Policy and Planning. It focus on generating evidence on the human resources for health (HRH) in middle and low-income countries, with the goal of influencing their planning and regulation worldwide. Research as well as consultancy services are provided liaising with the global players for the HRH area (e.g. WHO) and with CPLP Ministries of Health.
Health of vulnerable groups: this research line focuses on the health status and service use of vulnerable groups in Portugal and CPLP. Pursuant to the GHTM thematic line on migrants and travelers, research on health status and inequalities in disadvantaged population groups has been developed.
Health policies and services in the EU and CPLP: this research line focuses on the analysis and investigation of the evidence concerning the efficacy and the impact of health policies in the European Union and the CPLP.
The PPS group has been leading the HAITool project since 2016, funded by the European Economic Area Grants, aiming to implement evidence of Antibiotic Stewardship practices in reducing hospital infections, supported by a digital decision support system. It involves 3 hospitals in Portugal and one in Norway. This project has a strong connection to the THOP group. At the moment we are planning to implement it also in Cape Verde.
In collaboration with the VBD group, it develops the project “Use of genetically modified mosquitoes in the prevention of Dengue fever and Chikungunya fever – current events, literacy and public opinion”.
The PPS has been very active in the health area of vulnerable groups, especially in terms of migrants. Participation in the FCT project entitled “Genomics, socio-behavioral data and clinical data to prevent the transmission of HIV among migrants: an innovative approach” stands out.
The IHMT in partnership with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is preparing the Portuguese report Health Systems in Transition (HIT).
Recently, the group has been analyzing the use of telemedicine and related digital technologies to improve access to health services and information in Portugal and CPLP.The PPS saw renewed recognition of the IHMT by the WHO as a WHO Collaborating Center on Health Workforce Policy and Planning and is very active in contributing to the new 2030 Global Health Workforce Strategy.