Strategic Health Research Plan for the WHO African Region, 1999-2003: Report of the Regional Director
AbstractEXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. Health managers and policy makers need evidence-based information to infonn decision-making in programmatic and policy matters. Such information should emanate from health research. Unfortunately, research has not been accorded the priority that it deserves in this Region. 2. Inadequate resources coupled with a feeling of rivalry and competition rather than cooperation between policy makers and managers on the one hand, and the researchers on the other, explain in part the inadequate use of research to guide managers and policy makers. 3. Any country, particularly developing countries in the African Region of WHO, no matter how poor, should use research to promote knowledge, guide policy, strengthen health action and maximize the use of Iimited resources in order to improve human health. 4. The Regional Committee, at its forty-seventh session, requested the Regional Office "to formulate and propagate a regional strategy that would help strengthen national capacity in health research". 5. The Regional Committee is therefore invited to review the proposed strategic health research plan for the African Region for the period 1999-2003 and give suggestions that would enable the Regional Office, during the course of the plan's implementation to strengthen national capacity to carry out relevant health research; develop necessary mechanisms for ensuring adequate funding, effective coordination and efficient management of research; and promote the use of research resu1ts to address major health issues and problems.
Regional Committee for Africa, 48. (2011). Strategic Health Research Plan for the WHO African Region, 1999-2003: Report of the Regional Director. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1962