New programme to optimise the use of research in decision-making for health in Kenya & Malawi
3 February 2014
Author: Diana Warira
Participants at the launch of Secure Health Programme in August 2014, Nairobi. Photo: Diana Warira

AFIDEP is leading a consortium of 5 institutions to implement an innovative three year-programme aiming to optimise the use of research evidence in decision-making for health in Kenya and Malawi.

The use of rigorous data and research evidence can improve the effectiveness of health policies, planning and programming, and ultimately contribute to reducing disease burden and improving the quality of life in sub-Saharan Africa.

In view of this fact, AFIDEP, in collaboration with FHI 360, the ECSA-Health Community,the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR Kenya) and the College of Medicine at the University of Malawi, are implementing a new programme, SECURE Health, aimed at strengthening leadership and capacity to enable evidence utilization in the health sector in Kenya and Malawi.

The programme has three objectives:

“¢    Strengthen leadership among high-level policymakers for the use of evidence in health policy
“¢    Enhance capacity of midlevel policymakers in the health ministry and parliament in accessing, appraising, adapting, synthesising, presenting and using evidence
“¢    Strengthen organisational systems and support for the use of research evidence in policymaking

The programme is funded by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and is running from November 2013 to November 2016.

For more information on the program:

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