On November 23, 2013, the MENA HPF convened its annual regional meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting provided an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the core functions and activities that HPF will prioritize throughout 2014-2018, within the challenges and opportunities of the current historical juncture in the region. The meeting had four main objectives:
- To understand the future of health system strengthening in the MENA region, and clarify MENA HFP’s role
- To develop new insights and understanding in health policy research within the current political economy context
- To discuss opportunities and challenges related to creating a research policy evidence hub in the region
- To identify priority areas of focus for MENA HPF’s core functions in research, analysis, and networking.