Research for health: a strategy for the African Region, 2016-2025: report of the Secretariat
Abstract1. The African Region bears a high double burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and faces health systems challenges in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a situation which may hinder the achievement of universal health coverage. Health research is critical in providing evidence-based solutions for the muchneeded improvement in health and development. 2. Significant events to enhance research have occurred since the last strategic health research plan for the African Region 1999–2003. These include the Global Ministerial Summit on Health Research in 2004 and 2008, and for the African Region in 2008, as well as adoption of the first global research strategy in 2010. All stakeholders emphasized that policies and practices in support of health should be grounded in the best scientific knowledge. 3. The national systems in the Region, required to facilitate the conduct and use of research, are weak. This has led to the Region’s low contribution to global research output, and limited tools and products against diseases that disproportionately affect the Region. Hence, there is urgent need to prioritize research in order to close existing gaps. 4. This Regional Research for Health Strategy aims at improving national health research systems through interventions derived from recent developments in research and includes an enabling environment, sustainable financing, human resources capacity-building, knowledge translation, and effective coordination and management. 5. The Regional Committee examined and adopted the actions proposed and the related resolution.
Regional Committee for Africa, 65. (2016). Research for health: a strategy for the African Region, 2016-2025: report of the Secretariat. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204490
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