Evidence-informed policy-making

6th Supporting the Use of Research Evidence for Policy in African Health Systems (SURE) meeting

From 10 to 14 March 2014, the last SURE annual meeting held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and hosted by the Ministry of Health. The Secretariat of the Ministry of health welcomed SURE/EVIPNet teams with Andy Oxman, the coordinator of SURE Project and Salimata KI, coordinator of SURE Burkina Faso project . The Secretariat of the Ministry of Health underlined the importance of the use of evidence in policy-making through the development of tools, which are currently used worldwide and the mutual benefit with the exchange and collaboration between the different African teams.

Progress on Malawi’s Knowledge Translation Platform (KTPMalawi)

In February 2014, KTPMalawi held a week-long training for two new communities of practice, one on supply chain management and the other one on NCD-HIV integration. They will now work over the coming months in the production of two rigorous evidence briefs that will synthesis both global and local evidence. They plan to convene two separate policy dialogues with national policymakers, researchers, practitioners and members of civil society to discuss each evidence brief and their policy implications.

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).

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.

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