Coordinating and Strengthening the Health Research System in Zambia

This project aims to address some fundamental gaps in Zambia's health research system. These gaps include the lack of a central body to fund and regulate research; low institutional capacity; health policies and programs that are often out of step with health needs; and an evidence base that is fractured, scattered, donor-driven and often inaccessible. The research community mirrors the system with the result that researchers have little knowledge of their colleagues' work. Synergies go unexplored and study findings remain on the shelf or with donors in the North.

This grant will support an 18-month process to address the situation. A multi-stakeholder technical working group will be charged with forming a Zambian National Health Research Body (NHRB). The technical working group will discuss a range of options, interview expert witnesses, make field trips, commission papers and design a comprehensive plan for a NHRB that will strengthen health research capacity in the country. The architecture of the NHRB will be the actual output of the project.

The expected outcome will be a robust, functional national health research system.

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Start Date

Friday, January 16, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


18 months

IDRC Officer

Godt, Sue

Total funding

CA$ 406,569


Zambia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Professor Vic Neufeld


Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research

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