International Decision Support Initiative

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The International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) is a partnership between governments, universities, and thinktanks that helps health policy makers make better decisions.[1][2] iDSI targets low- and middle-income countries (LMICs),[3] helping them prioritize health interventions as a means toward universal health coverage.[4] iDSI launched in November 2013[1] as the result of a 2012 Center for Global Development working group.[5][4]


The following organizations are iDSI's core partners:[2]

Other partners include Centre for Health Economics (at the University of York), Imperial College London, Itad, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Meteos, Office of Health Economics, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Strathclyde.[6]


iDSI receives funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development,[7] and the Rockefeller Foundation.[1][2]

In December 2015, iDSI received $12.8 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for phase 2 of its operations.[2][8]


iDSI has operated in China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Africa, and Vietnam as "focus countries", but has also operated in additional countries.

Most of iDSI's work has focused on noncommunicable diseases,[9] maternal and child death, and more general priority-setting.

As part of their focus on universal health care, iDSI has also worked on priority setting for mental health.[10][11]

iDSI is one of the collaborators for DCP3.[12]

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  1. ^ a b c "ABOUT US". iDSI. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "International Decision Support Initiative awarded US$12.8m grant from the Gates Foundation". iDSI. January 30, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Yot Teerawattananon; et al. "Role of priority setting in implementing universal health coverage" (PDF). The BMJ.
  4. ^ a b c "Priority-Setting Institutions for Global Health". Center for Global Development. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  5. ^ Amanda Glassman (February 8, 2016). "The International Decision Support Initiative Is Scaling Up—That Means Better Decisions and Better Health". Impatient Optimists. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  6. ^ "Supporting Partners". iDSI. 2016-04-08. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "international Decision Support Initiative (iDSI): Mapping of Priority-setting in Health in 17 Low and Middle Income Countries Across Asia, Latin America and Africa". Office of Health Economics. April 22, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "National Institute for Health and Care Excellence". Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. December 2015.
  9. ^ "iDSI in India". iDSI. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  10. ^ Ryan Li (April 25, 2014). "Thank you for raising such an". Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "Ryan Li". iDSI. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  12. ^ "Collaborators". DCP3. Retrieved May 26, 2016.