How Kenya can attain universal health coverage

When it comes to the cost of medical care, a popular saying goes that majority of Kenyans are one medical emergency away from poverty. It is therefore not surprising that Universal Health Coverage (UHC), one of President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, has quickly gained traction relative to the other three pillars — enhancing manufacturing; food security

Networks for Policy Engagement workshop highlights the gaps and opportunities in evidence-informed​ decision-making

The Networks for Policy Engagement workshop, co-hosted by AFIDEP and the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Centre (MLW), marked an exciting two days of sharing passion for, lessons on, and commitment to the field of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM). Taking place in Lilongwe, Malawi 25-27 February, the workshop brought together a dynamic, multidisciplinary group of research

Strengthening Malawi Parliament Committees: Performance evaluation with Committee Chairs

At the heart of effective Parliament work is the impact that comes from the contributions of Parliamentary Committees. In carrying out its legislative, representative and oversight functions, the Malawi Parliament has 19 committees comprising of elected Members of Parliament (MPs) from different political parties. These committees are appointed in order to respond to, consider,

Collaboration among policymakers and researchers underpins evidence use

The gap between policymakers and researchers has been acknowledged as a major reason for the limited use of research in policy decisions. In order to bridge this gap, it is critical that individual networks and institutions are strengthened to enhance mechanisms for promoting collaboration between researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders who can influence the

Early career health researchers trained on how to influence policy

From 15 to 19 October, 2018, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) held a 5-day training at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) on policy engagement and evidence uptake for the benefit of country coordinators and research fellows working under the Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control(PIIVeC) programme, in addition

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