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 be easily translated to policy and practice, we will design and implement a policy engagement strategy that will begin with mapping of policy and programme barriers to promoting and sustaining behaviours and environments which protect lung health and using that knowledge to explore the potential role of evidence and associated factors in addressing the barriers. The strategy is premised on the recognition that evidence uptake should be demand and context-driven, involving close engagement with decision-makers before evidence generation and translation and throughout the project period. This approach will help generate stakeholder interest and buy-in into IMPALA research and facilitate stakeholder inputs into the project, which is vital in promoting uptake of the evidence generated.
Aims and Objectives:
This component of the IMPALA programme will have the overarching goal of generating demand and enabling uptake of the evidence generated by the project into policy decisions, programmes and practice. Three specific objectives will contribute to the realising of the overarching goal, namely: