Building National Health Research Information Systems (COHRED)

This grant will allow the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) to create, host and maintain a web-based resource on national health research in low- and middle-income countries in partnership with institutions in the South. Called Health Research Web (HRWeb), the resource will constitute a comprehensive, authoritative and evolving source of information that facilitates national decision-making and international cooperation on research for health. HRWeb is targeted first to national research authorities, academic institutions and research centres, and then to donors, research institutions in the North and nongovernmental organizations, as resources allow.

This grant will allow COHRED to implement the use of HRWeb in two countries, Mali and Zambia. Zambia already has information on its health research system that can be used to create an HRWeb page. The focus will thus be on quality control, maintenance and documenting utilization. Mali currently has very little information on health research, and will therefore need to concentrate its efforts on data collection. The challenges and lessons learned during the two experiences will be documented for the benefit of other countries. HRWeb will be disseminated to a wider audience at the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health, to take place in Mali in November 2008.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, March 27, 2008

End Date

Sunday, September 27, 2009


18 months

IDRC Officer

Jessani, Nasreen

Total funding

CA$ 111,510


Senegal, Zambia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Mali


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Carel Ijsselmuiden


Council on Health Research for Development

Institution Country


Institution Website