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Juliet Nabyonga-Orem

Health Systems and Services Cluster; World Health Organization, Inter-Country Support Team for Eastern & Southern Africa; P.O Box CY 348; Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe
 

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Health research in Africa critical for reaching universal health coverage says WHO Africa Advisory Committee on Health Research

As countries embark on their UHC journey, the need for evidence and strong national health research systems has become more critical than ever. Countries in the Africa Region have overall experienced significant improvements in the capacity, governance, utilization and financing of research yet their national health research systems are performi...

The World Health Organization African Region’s renewed focus on knowledge translation

Knowledge translation (KT), use of evidence in decision making, diffusion of evidence in policy development, evidence-based decision making…  – whatever term you may prefer for it, KT is not really a new phenomenon. Still, realization remains elusive, certainly in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Does the current (continent-wide) Univ...

The scientific and grant writing workshop at the 5th AfHEA conference in Accra: Only a drop in the ocean or the start of a great health research capacity journey?

In recent years, Universal health coverage (UHC) has gained political momentum in sub-Saharan African countries. Although countries acknowledge that starting points aredifferent and respective journeys to UHC context-specific, the “how to” needs further elaboration. Hence the importance ofcontextualised evidence to provide tailored answers ...

Universal Health Coverage – Unprecedented commitment in Eastern and Southern African Countries. Is it time to rejoice?

The commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lays the basis for a renewed momentum to ensure health for all. Within the SDG agenda we associate ‘Health for All’ with Goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”. Since the endorsement of the SDGs in 2015, we have realised multiple commitments at glob...

WHO Africa’s Third Forum on health systems strengthening for UHC and the SDGs

Recently, the WHO Regional Office for Africa held a Forum entitled “Health systems strengthening for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (12-16 November 2018).  The Forum brought together health systems and services (HSS) focal persons in WHO country offices, and Direct...

Improving uptake of evidence in health policy development and decision making: Lessons from Uganda

Use of evidence in decision making is viewed as a crucial step in attainment of good health outcomes. Evidence on the most cost effective interventions exists, but its use in decision making is still suboptimal. Uptake of evidence in public health policy development, also referred to as knowledge translation (KT), is poorly understood, especiall...