In partnership with the Ghanaian Health Service, EDCTP will organise the kick-off meeting (Accra, 9-10 July 2018) for a project to assess African health research systems. The main objective of the meeting is to prepare a survey of national health research capacities in the 17 African EDCTP member countries.
EDCTP will work closely with African government entities and the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) to develop a conceptual framework for strengthening national health research systems (NHRS) in sub-Saharan Africa. Policymakers and health professionals from African countries that are members of EDCTP, and representatives of strategic partners in the African Union and regional economic communities will participate.
Government institutions will conduct the initial assessment through implementation of the NHRS barometer, an assessment tool developed by WHO AFRO. Thirty-four health professionals are expected to be trained to complete NHRS assessment surveys in the African EDCTP member countries.