Global-health research architecture — time for mergers?
Author(s)/Editor(s): Røttingen JA, Marchiori Buss P, Davies S and Touré O
Publisher/Organizer: The Lancet
Publication date: Volume 373, Issue 9659, 17 January 2009
“Knowledge is a common global public-good that should be shared internationally, but needs to be taken advantage of and adapted locally. Scientific research is the most robust way of generating knowledge. Good research systems that foster production of knowledge and its translation into policy and practice within a health system are needed.”
“Discussions that span the governance structures of several organisations are difficult. The boards of the institutions have a responsibility to appraise the situation from their perspective, but a supraorganisational perspective is also needed. The Bamako Ministerial Forum has paved the way by calling for funders and development agencies “to better align, coordinate, and harmonize the global health research architecture and its governance through the rationalization of existing organizations, to improve coherence and impact, and to increase efficiencies and equity."