The main research topics of the PPS group are: Health Policy and Planning; Human Resources for Health; Health determinants of vulnerable populations.
The work developed in 2019 was framed in several cross-cutting issues, namely in Global Pathogen dispersion and Population mobility, through two studies related to the adult and child immigrant population: the work on adults is on acculturation, lifestyles and health of CPLP immigrants in two Iberian contexts; in terms of child health, the cohort study in the Amadora region was sustained, with more than 300 children recruited and with the collection of both clinical and sociodemographic characteristics.
Regarding Fair Research Partnerships, we highlight the partnership between the United Kingdom, Portugal and Mozambique in the context of the research related to patterns of men health literacy and health seeking behaviour in Mozambique. The Diagnostic area was covered by the activities of the COST action-HARMONY- related to novel tools for test evaluation and disease prevalence estimation.
- We developed and implemented several studies on migrant’s health in adults and children both in Portugal and Europe.
- We received a grant from the MRC / ESRC / DfiD / Wellcome Trust to develop a project related to patterns on men’s health literacy and health seeking behaviour in Maputo Mavalane region, in Mozambique, having Queen Margaret University (UK) and MIHER (Mozambique Institute for Higher Education and Research) as partners.
- We received a grant from WHO to develop a prototype curriculum and teaching materials for a formative offer on leadership and management of human resources for health; the project is led by IHMT and has as partners the University of the Western Cape School of Public Health (South Africa), the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Semmelweis University (Hungary).
- We adhered to the COST actionHARMONY-Novel Network for test evaluation and disease prevalence estimation, which includes the participation of 37 countries, strengthening the development and adaptation of latent class models, from a perspective of Bayesian statistics, in the validation of diagnostic tests with a “one-health” view.
- We started working on the Humanization of health care in Hospitals and research related to the areas of Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine in Europe and North America
- We organized the 5th National Congress of Tropical Medicine.
- We maintained the status of WHO Collaborating Center for Health Workforce Policy and Planning.