A major review of HIA activities in Ireland and the role of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) in promoting HIA has found that IPH has had a substantial impact on:
- Developing appropriate HIA tools
- Promoting the use of these tools
- Providing appropriate training and capacity building
- Providing follow-up support
- Providing networking opportunities
- Raising the awareness of HIA and
- Conducting HIAs
The review's respondents identifed continuing strategic and operational challenges to mainstreaming HIA. Key among these are:
- Lack of legislative requirement
- Lack of explicitly defined responsibilities for implementing HIA
- Lack of resources - time, staff, skills, finance
Respondents also suggested worthwhile areas of possible future work for the IPH:
- Lobbying for HIA to be given a legislative/statutory authority.
- Providing more 'hands on support' undertaking and IPH itself carrying out more HIAs.
The overall conclusions emphasised the need for a three-pronged approach to enhancing HIA in Ireland:
- 1st - The HIA process needs to be further streamlined.
- 2nd - Further and continuing capacity-building and training needs to be put in place.
- 3rd - Political support for HIA is needs to be further developed.
For full details of the report and the work of the Institute go to the IPH website by clicking here.
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