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.

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 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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Funding

[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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