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.
The SECURE Health Programme is implemented by a consortium led by the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), which provides overall leadership in the design and implementation of the programme. Programme partners include:
Ministry of Health in Kenya and Malawi
SECURE Health is implemented as a programme of the Ministries of Health (MoH) in Kenya and Malawi. In Kenya, the programme is implemented by the MoH’s Division of Health Research and Development, whereas in Malawi, the programme is implemented by the MoH’s Research Unit.
Parliaments of Kenya and Malawi
SECURE Health is implemented in partnership with the parliaments of Kenya and Malawi. In Kenya, the programme is implemented by the Directorate of Information, Research and Library Services, whereas in Malawi, the programme is implemented through the Office of the Clerk of Parliament.
CNHR is a partner on the programme in Kenya and facilitates the linkage of the programme with health research institutions in the country. CNHR is leading the development of the Research-for-Health Policy Framework for Kenya, which is one of the programme’s interventions. CNHR also convenes annual health scientific conferences that provide platforms for interactions and exchange of evidence and information among health researchers and policymakers.
The College of Medicine (CoM) is a partner on the programme in Malawi and facilitates the linkage of the programme with health researchers in the country. CoM is involved in all programme activities in Malawi, but has led on the assessment of the impact of the country’s National Health Research Agenda 2011-2016. CoM also convenes annual health scientific conferences that provide platforms for interactions and exchange of evidence and information among health researchers and policymakers.
ECSA-HC is the regional partner on the project and focuses on sharing lessons and products from the implementation of the SECURE Health programme in Kenya and Malawi in its annual platforms for health ministers and directors of health from 10 African countries.
FHI 360 is a technical partner on the project and has provided leadership in the development of the programme’s Evidence-Informed Policymaking (EIPM) Training curriculum that has been used to deliver EIPM training for technocrats from the MoH and parliament in both countries. FHI 360 has also contributed to the development of EIPM Guidelines for MoH and Parliament in the two countries.
POST is a collaborator on the SECURE Health programme and its role is the design and delivery of internships for parliamentary staff from Kenya and Malawi to the UK parliament.
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
The SECURE Health programme is funded by DFID under the programme Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE).