Implementation Research Platform

Direct funding of implementation research studies

In May 2010, the Alliance and partners issued a Call for letters of intent for direct funding of implementation research studies. The call closed on 31 July 2010. The awardees of this call were announced at the launch of the Implementation Research Platform during the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. They are the first seven country teams to receive funding through the Platform. They are listed below.

  • Burkina Faso: Dr Halidou Tinto Pharm, Institut de Recherche en Science de la Sante (IRSS).
    -Improved quality of diagnostic services for malaria in pregnancy

  • Guatemala: Dr Edgar Kestler, Epidemiological Research Center in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Hospital General “San Juan de Dios”.
    -A matched pair cluster-randomized implementation study to measure the effectiveness of an intervention package aiming to decrease perinatal mortality and increase institution-based obstetric care among indigenous populations in Guatemala

  • India: Professor Sanjay Zodpey, Indian Institute of Public Health – Delhi, Public Health Foundation of India.
    -A scalable approach to improve the coverage, quality and impact of MNCH care in the urban slums of Delhi: Developing a package of MNCH care facilitated through an urban community health worker: The ANCHUL project (Ante Natal and Child Health care in Urban Slums)

  • Kenya: Dr John Ong’ech, Elizabeth Glaser, Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and Ministry of Health.
    -Mobile Phone Technology for Prevention of Mother‐to‐Child Transmission of HIV: Acceptability, Effectiveness, and Cost

  • Egypt, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Syria: Dr Jocelyn DeJong, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon and Dr Hyam Bashour, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Damascus University, Syria.
    -Assessing the acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of a strategy for improving the quality and safety of maternal/neonatal health care in the health system contexts of four Middle Eastern countries

  • Nepal: Dr Mahesh K Maskey, Nepal Public Health Foundation.
    -Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Scaling Skilled Birth Attendants Utilization in Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child health in Nepal

  • Uganda: Peter Waiswa, Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management. Makerere University School of Public Health.
    -Innovations for increasing access to integrated safe delivery, PMTCT and newborn care in rural Uganda