Evidence-to-Action: Building Institutional Research Capacity

In Mozambique, HAI partnered closely with the Mozambican National Insitutes of Health, the Beira Operations Research Center (CIOB), and the University of Washington to offer both formal training in applied research methods as well as mentorship opportunities for junior researchers.


As of October 2021, HAI fully transferred all global operations and active Mozambique programs to CSM, an independent local NGO with a board, leadership, and staff that reflects the communities they serve.

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Developing research capacity to identify, measure, and test solutions to local health priorities enables the adoption of policies and strategies that improve health and build resilience into national health systems.  A prime example is HAI’s work with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative.  A key element of this project is integrating research capacity building into the IDEAs strategy to build deep institutional support for evidence-based policy making.  This includes:

  • In-service implementation research training to national, provincial, and district-level health systems managers;
  • Graduate-level training for Mozambican MPH and PhD students;
  • Technical and financial support to research proposals that aim to answer priority maternal, newborn, and child health-related policy questions.

These investments resulted in 20+ peer reviewed publications and 50+ presentation at scientific conferences by Mozambican researchers.  HAI programs also funded 10 Ministry of Health MPH fellows at two local universities, as well as 2 Ministry of Health MPH fellows and 4 doctoral students at the University of Washington.


In 2005, HAI helped establish the Beira Center for Operations Research (CIOB), the first applied research center of the Mozambique National Institutes of Health. In the years following, HAI and CIOB maintained a continuous partnership aimed at building the applied research capacity of the Mozambican health system

HAI together with the INS and CIOB successfully implemented 10 trainings in implementation research to over 150 Mozambican health system staff.


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Developing a representative community health survey sampling frame using open-source remote satellite imagery in Mozambique Int J Health Geogr, 2019
The everyday practice of supporting health system development: learning from how an externally-led intervention was implemented in Mozambique Health Policy Plan, 2018
Data-driven quality improvement in low-and middle-income country health systems: lessons from seven years of implementation experience across Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zambia BMC Health Serv Res, 2017
Tackling the hard problems: implementation experience and lessons learned in newborn health from the African Health Initiative BMC Health Serv Res, 2017
Measuring health systems strength and its impact: experiences from the African Health Initiative BMC Health Serv Res, 2017
Mentorship and coaching to support strengthening healthcare systems: lessons learned across the five Population Health Implementation and Training partnership projects in sub-Saharan Africa BMC Health Serv Res, 2017
Research capacity building integrated into PHIT projects: leveraging research and research funding to build national capacity BMC Health Serv Res, 2017
Effects of a health information system data quality intervention on concordance in Mozambique: time-series analyses from 2009–2012 Popul Health Metr, 2015
Effects of health-system strengthening on under-5, infant, and neonatal mortality: 11-year provincial-level time-series analyses in Mozambique Lancet Glob Health, 2014
Stock-outs of essential health products in Mozambique- longitudinal analyses from 2011 to 2013 Trop Med Int Health, 2014
Strengthening integrated primary health care in Sofala, Mozambique BMC Health Serv Res, 2013
Brain Drain and Health Workforce Distortions in Mozambique PLoS One, 2012


[2018-2021] Spreading the Integrated District Evidence-to-Action (IDEAs) Program for Neonatal Mortality Reduction  in Mozambique [project transferred to CSM for continuation]

This project received funding support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under award number R01HD092449, via a subagreement from the University of Washington.

[2016-2021] Spreading the Integrated District Evidence-to-Action (IDEAs) Program to Improve Maternal, Newborn and Child Health [project transferred to CSM for continuation]

This project received funding support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

[2009-2016] Strengthening Integrated Primary Health Care in Sofala Province, Mozambique.

This project received funding support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Our mission is to promote policies and support programs that strengthen government primary health care and foster social, economic, and health equity for all. Our vision is a just world that promotes health and well-being, including universal access to quality health care.

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Health Alliance International began in 1987 as a US-based international solidarity organization committed to supporting the public sector provision of health care for all.  Over 35 years, HAI conducted programs in 17 countries, with flagship programs in Mozambique, Côte d'Ivoire, and Timor-Leste.

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In line with HAI’s commitment to support and strengthen local public health leadership, as of October 2021, HAI fully transitioned global operations and active programs to locally-based, locally-led NGOs. Learn more about this shift toward local autonomy and equity in global health.

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