The International Multidisciplinary Programme to Address Lung Health and TB in Africa (IMPALA), hosted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LTSM), is a collaboration of 17 partner institutions across 11 African countries. IMPALA will engage in multi-disciplinary collaborative work with scientists from Africa and the UK in the clinical and public health, applied social science, health systems, health economics and modelling, and implementation science disciplines. Through these multi-disciplinary collaborations, IMPALA will produce scientific knowledge and implementable solutions for issues related to lung health in Africa. The work will focus specifically on intersections between non-communicable lung disease, acute lung disease, air pollution, and tobacco-related disease; and how each of these interact with TB.
In order to ensure that research evidence generated by IMPALA projects can easily be translated to policy and practice, it is critical to design and implement a policy engagement strategy from the beginning of each project to generate stakeholder interest and buy-in into the research, and facilitate stakeholder inputs into the project to ensure responsiveness of the evidence generated. As a regional leader in enabling evidence-informed development policy, AFIDEP will co-lead the pathways-to-impact component. AFIDEP will also contribute to strengthening the capacity of African centers involved in the project in effective research translation and policy engagement to augment impact at national level.
Aims and Objectives:
This component of the IMPALA unit will have the overarching goal of generating demand and enabling uptake of the evidence generated by the project into policy decisions, programmes and practice. Two specific objectives will contribute to the realising of the overarching goal, namely: