The Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy (SECURE Health) programme seeks to optimise individual and institutional capacity in accessing and utilising health research evidence in decision-making in Kenya and Malawi. Not much is known on what works and what doesn’t in strengthening the capacity of policymakers and their institutions to use research evidence, and so the SECURE Health programme generates important information to fill this knowledge gap. Lessons from Kenya and Malawi are shared through annual platforms of the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) in order to share learning with other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. SECURE Health is a three-year programme running from November 2013 to November 2016.
SECURE Health is implemented in Kenya in partnership with MoH and Parliament.
Kenya was chosen because typifies a context with a strong health research community (several government and non-governmental research institutions), following considerable past and current investments by the government and donor agencies in health research generation and capacity building. This context therefore presents an ideal setting for testing what can be done on the ‘demand-side’ of evidence to enable increased use of research evidence whose supply is considerably reliable given the mentioned investments. The Kenyan context typifies a context common in a several other African countries and so lessons from Kenya could be replicated elsewhere.
Important contextual characteristics for Kenya relating to SECURE Health programme include:
SECURE Health is implemented in Malawi in partnership with MoH and Parliament.
Malawi was chosen for this programme because unlike Kenya, it typifies a context with relatively weak capacity for research generation (the College of Medicine is the only government agency for health research generation). Malawi’s context also typifies the context in a few other African countries, and so lessons from Malawi could be application countries with similar contexts.
Important contextual characteristics for Malawi relating to SECURE Health programme include:
Lessons from Kenya and Malawi are being implemented in the ECSA-HC countries namely: – Lesotho, Mauritius, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.