Our open access health policy analysis course: now available in French!
The discipline of Health Policy and Systems Research – including teaching that reflects the principles and approach of this field – is unevenly developed around the world. Established HPSR practitioners have long known, and new entrants to the field soon learn, that language barriers are one of the major impediments to building networks, providing peer support and sharing materials.
Against this backdrop, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Health Policy and Policy Analysis – the oldest of the open access courses in the CHEPSAA portfolio, and one that students have consistently rated very highly over the years – is now available in French. The release of the French version of this course coincides with the 10th anniversary of its use in an open access format.
The original, English open access version of this course was finalized in 2007. One of its earliest, if not the first, uses in this format was as part of the Winter School of the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape in South Africa, where it still features as part of the curriculum. Since 2008, 225 Winter School students from 19 countries in Africa an Asia have benefitted from this course. In addition, whether as a short course or as part of the normal curriculum, it has found a home in various settings in Africa an elsewhere.
This translation was produced by the Consortium for Mothers, Children, Adolescents and Health Policy and Systems Strengthening (COMCAHPSS), with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. COMCAHPSS has supported CHEPSAA to make health policy and systems teaching and learning materials available for Francophone Africa.
The main aim of the translation was to make the materials available to the COMCAHPSS consortium’s French partners. However, according to open access principles, new materials must be made available on the same basis as the original materials, and so COMCAHPSS and CHEPSAA are now able to share the French materials with all who are interested in using them.
The original course materials consist of two sets of documents. The first is the main training manual and facilitator’s guide. The second contains appendices such as session overviews and readings lists, in-class exercises and worksheets, assignments and case studies. At the moment, only the training manual / facilitator’s guide has been translated, but we hope to also make the appendices available in the coming months.
COMCAHPSS has also translated Introduction to Complex Health Systems, a second of CHEPSAA’s open access courses. This material is undergoing some final formatting and will also be released in the coming months.
Ermin Erasmus, CHEPSAA coordinator