Irish African Partnership for Health Research Capacity Strengthening
This five year Ireland Africa Partnership, started in 2008, focuses on pro-poor research to address the Health MDGs: reducing child mortality; improving maternal health and controlling HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases.
The goal of the Partnership, in support of the Government of Ireland’s development goals, was:
- to build research capacity in Ireland and Africa and
- to conduct research that strengthens health systems in Africa to serve the poor more effectively
The main Programme themes were:
- Governance: research that contributes to strengthening the capacity of government institutions and the involvement of civil society and other stakeholders in providing services that meet the health needs of the poor.
- Human resources for health: research to identify strategies for ensuring that health workers are available, able and motivated to deliver health services, especially to those who are poor or marginalised.
- Access and Equity: research that contributes to understanding and overcoming barriers that the poor and other disadvantaged groups experience in seeking to access health services.
Partners included: Trinity College Dublin, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, The National University of Ireland Galway, the Malaria Consortium, and Institutes in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda.
Year 1 activities involved research mapping through reviewing country literature on key themes, awarding PhD scholarships and training PhD candidates, and building local research capacity.
For further information on this research project please contact Dr Steve Thomas, TCD Principal Investigator.
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