Developing the African national health research systems barometer

Show simple item record Kirigia, Joses Muthuri Ota, Martin Okechukwu Senkubuge, Flavia Wiysonge, Charles Shey Mayosi, Bongani M. 2016-09-06T09:48:03Z 2016-09-06T09:48:03Z 2016-07
dc.description Additional file 1: National Health Research System sub-function, function and overall barometer scores for each of the 47 countries of the African Region. (DOCX 107 kb) en_ZA
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : A functional national health research system (NHRS) is crucial in strengthening a country’s health system to promote, restore and maintain the health status of its population. Progress towards the goal of universal health coverage in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda will be difficult for African countries without strengthening of their NHRS to yield the required evidence for decision-making. This study aims to develop a barometer to facilitate monitoring of the development and performance of NHRSs in the African Region of WHO. METHODS : The African national health research systems barometer algorithm was developed in response to a recommendation of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research and Development of WHO. Survey data collected from all the 47 Member States in the WHO African Region using a questionnaire were entered into an Excel spreadsheet and analysed. The barometer scores for each country were calculated and the performance interpreted according to a set of values ranging from 0% to 100%. RESULTS : The overall NHRS barometer score for the African Region was 42%, which is below the average of 50%. Among the 47 countries, the average NHRS performance was less than 20% in 10 countries, 20–40% in 11 countries, 41–60% in 16 countries, 61–80% in nine countries, and over 80% in one country. The performance of NHRSs in 30 (64%) countries was below 50%. CONCLUSION : An African NHRS barometer with four functions and 17 sub-functions was developed to identify the gaps in and facilitate monitoring of NHRS development and performance. The NHRS scores for the individual sub-functions can guide policymakers to locate sources of poor performance and to design interventions to address them. en_ZA
dc.description.department School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kirigia, JM, Ota, MO, Senkubuge, F, Wiysonge, CS & Mayosi, BM 2016, 'Developing the African national health research systems barometer', Health Research Policy and Systems, vol. 14, art. #53, pp. 1-11. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1478-4505
dc.identifier.other 10.1186/s12961-016-0121-4
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 The Author(s). Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. en_ZA
dc.subject National health research systems performance en_ZA
dc.subject Research for health governance en_ZA
dc.subject Research production and utilization en_ZA
dc.subject Research financing en_ZA
dc.subject Research coordination en_ZA
dc.title Developing the African national health research systems barometer en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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