The assessment of priority setting can lead to innovative health governance by clarifying the performance of national health systems in resource poor countries, particularly in Africa. As a means to link research to action, assessing priority setting can ensure that the needs of the very poor to access personal and public services to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are considered. Controlling NTDs effectively can contribute to uplifting the health status of the African people, further, it can build human capacity to confront the numerous contemporary health challenges and efficiently seize the emerging socio-economic opportunities across the continent. Based on a literature review, this paper reveals that there is little attention paid to the assessment of priority setting in national health systems, particularly in the area of research governance regarding NTDs. Much literature about research governance focuses on research that prioritizes cost-effectiveness. Overemphasized are guidelines about accountability, transparency and efficiency, at the expense of research into the underlying health determinants to control NTDs that produce unequal health outcomes in populations. Reducing population health outcomes that are avoidable is an issue of equity. Based on existing knowledge, this paper proposes a framework to assess priority setting which links research to action in controlling NTDs by incorporating health determinants. The framework, which focuses on the processes and outcomes of priority setting, could be adapted to other health sectors. It remains important to test the proposed framework empirically.
How to Cite:
Ngobi, J.B., 2015. Innovative governance in health: Priority setting to control neglected tropical diseases. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 3(1), pp.46–57.