Evidence-informed policy-making

Knowledge Translation Platform and Health Policy Advisory Committee in Ebonyi State Nigeria

The Nigeria EVIPNet Team initiated the establishment of the Health Policy Advisory Committee in Ebonyi State Nigeria, which was inaugurated by the Commissioner for Health Dr. Sunday Nwangele in August 2011 and had 18 persons as members. The members comprised of 10 directors from the ministry of health, 5 senior researchers from the University, a chief executive officer of an NGO, a director of primary health at the local government service commission and the executive secretary of the AIDs control agency. The Team also initiated the establishment of health policy and health systems training programme in the Ebonyi State University specifically designed for policymakers and key stakeholders in the heath sector. The Nigeria Team has been able to organize a policy dialogue on the strengthening of free maternal health care programme in the State with large range of stakeholders including media and representatives of civil society.

New evidence briefs for policy on improving health care financing, health extension programme, skilled birth attendance and knowledge translation

Ethiopia and Uganda have produced in 2014 new evidence briefs for policy on improving health care financing, health extension programme, skilled birth attendance and knowledge translation

From scientific evidence to action at the district level in Burkina Faso

Using EVIPNet tools, the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso implemented evidence-informed policy options on improving the use of Artemisinin Combined Therapies (ACTs) for malaria treatment. The evidence-brief was developed by the Burkina Faso EVIPNet team and reviewed by participants of a ground-breaking policy dialogue that incorporated the country experience. An operational research used ethnographic rapid assessment methods to evaluate the implementation of the policy options at three Burkinabé districts.

Launch of national policy dialogue on Noma in Burkina Faso in 2014

National policy dialogue will help reconsider noma disease in the context of the resolution adopted in March 2012 by the Human Rights Council that recognizes noma as an emblematic illness, as a marker of extreme poverty thus establishing the link between severe malnutrition and childhood diseases. Noma reveals serious breaches of the functioning of a country in terms of severe malnutrition, social inequalities, non-access or restricted access to the food, drinking water, health care and education. Any action aiming at improving these dysfunctions affecting mostly the poorest populations will be an effective action of prevention in the fight against the noma.

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