Evidence-to-Action: Building Institutional Research Capacity

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

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 our 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 have resulted in 20+ peer reviewed publications and 50+ presentation at scientific conferences by Mozambican researchers.  HAI programs have 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 CIOB, the first applied research center of the Mozambique National Institutes of Health. Since then, HAI and CIOB have maintained a continuous partnership aimed at building the applied research capacity of the Mozambican health system

HAI together with the INS and CIOB have 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


[2016-2021] Spreading the Integrated District Evidence-to-Action (IDEAs) Program to Improve Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

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

[2018-2023] Spreading the Integrated District Evidence-to-Action (IDEAs) Program for Neonatal Mortality Reduction  in Mozambique.

This project receives 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.

[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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