Inter-country capacity building workshop for National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) on evidence informed policy-making on immunization
EVIPNet and the WHO Collaborating Center for evidence informed immunization policy-making (Health Policy and Institutional Development--HPID Unit, Agence de Médcine Preventive, France), organized on 24 to 27 September 2013 a workshop in Dakar, Senegal to train National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) on the development of evidence informed recommendations on vaccine and immunization. Eleven participants from African francophone countries (Ivory Coast, Senegal and Benin) were trained. The workshop was led by women facilitators: Antoinette BA-NGUZ from SIVAC, Salimata KI/OUEDRAOGO from Ministry of Health and EVIPNet Burkina Faso, Bineta NDIR DIOP from Ministry of Health (future EVIPNet Senegal) and Isabelle Wachsmuth (EVIPNet WHO Global Secretariat), fully following the International Forum on Evidence Informed Health Policy in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (Addis Ababa, August 2012) recommendation to increase the number of women leading KT activities. The workshop show-cased the relevance and efficiency of South-South cooperation, with EVIPNet trainers and all NITAGs country teams intensively sharing their experiences and expertise.
Translating Research Findings into Policy Briefs in Moshi, Tanzania - June 2013
From 24 to 27 June 2013, the Global Health Research Initiative organized a workshop with their Africa Health System Initiative (AHSi-RES) Program. The workshop entitled: “Translating Research Findings into Policy Briefs” was held in Moshi, Tanzania with the organization support of the Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (one of AHSI-RES grantee). A total of 34 participants (researchers and decision-makers) attended the workshop. Participants included members of the EVIPNet Tanzania Country team, research teams from the ASHI-RES programme from Mali, Malawi, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda and facilitators who are part of our EVIPNet pool of trainers for Africa, Robert Marie and Pierre Ongolo Zogo from EVIPNet Cameroon and Rhona Mijumbi from EVIPNet Uganda.
EVIPNet Malawi: South-to-South collaboration leads to the formation of Malawi Knowledge Translation Platform
Through the Director of Research at the Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH) and with the support of Dignitas International (DI), Malawi has established a Knowledge Translation Platform (KTPMalawi) that is bringing together national policymakers and researchers by introducing a coordinated approach to the generation and utilization of health-sector research. Over the last 18 months, KTPMalawi has conducted a context analysis of research and policy stakeholders. This analysis led to two capacity building workshops that utilized the Supporting the Use of Research Evidence (SURE) guides to strengthen the ability of researchers and national policymakers to develop and evaluate policy briefs and systematic reviews. A website is also being developed to facilitate virtual interactions between these stakeholders
The 5th Supporting the Use of Research Evidence for Policy in African Health Systems (SURE) annual meeting
The 5th Supporting the Use of Research Evidence for Policy in African Health Systems (SURE) annual meeting took place 28 to 30 May in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with the participation of EVIPNet Country teams from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uganda, with the facilitation and support from partners. An additional meeting took place 31 May to 02 June for doctoral students that are the new generation of researchers/doers of evidence-informed health policy-making.