COHRED in the News
This news section contains stories and features that have been reported about COHRED related issues.
The Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) shared the three latest RFI documents presenting the newly developed framework of the initiative in their Newsflash on November 29th, 2016, to encourage public input before the RFI piloting in February 2017.
Read here the final report of the RFI conference held on 28th September. “This conference report outlines the discussions held on the current stage of development of the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI), a sustainable platform supporting EU-AU cooperation in research and innovation, and its applicability for bi-regional implementation. The report summarises the feedback provided by the three panel discussions and highlights the input made by participants on the need for further testing of the tool as the logical next step for its implementation, proposed by carrying out RFI pilots in various countries and sectors involved in research and innovation.”
The recent Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration highlighted the growing commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Philippines. The event was lead by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Health, and saw the participation of national and international experts in DRR, and numerous research consortia from all over the Philippines. The purpose of this article is to formally document the key messages of the DRR related events of the PNHRS Week Celebration.
“An initiative to encourage health research organisations and funders that engage in fair and equitable partnerships has entered its pilot phase”: the article Global research fairness initiative enters pilot phase on RFI made the top ‘headline’ in the Research Africa bulletin of the 6th October.
SciDevNet has published the article “Tool targets fairness deficit in research” about the RFI workshop held in Brussels on the 28th September.
Following three regional consultative workshops, in Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya held earlier this year, the Research Fairness Initiative Conference “A Step Forward for the Research Fairness Initiative” took place on the 28th September in Brussels.
The 2nd TRUST video is available on TRUST YouTube channel now. Filmed in the Kalahari in June 2016, it describes how the local San community have been protecting themselves from exploitation in research for over 10 years. As Petrus Vaalbooi says in an interview for the documentary: “We, the bushmen of South Africa, would like to work with other learned people, who can assist us to find the way forward, as we on earth need one another”.
Prof. IJsselmuiden gave a presentation followed by a discussion at Palawan State University in the Philippines, on Friday 12 August.
The CAAST-Net Plus website has published the article “CAAST-Net Plus Backs Fairness Initiative” on the Nigerian and Senegalese RFI Workshops in August 2016.
A joint workshop between CAASTNET Plus and COHRED took place in Abuja (Nigeria) to further develop the Research Fairness Initiative.
BioMed Central Health Services Research has published the article “Developing the African national health research systems barometer“. This publication uses COHRED’s work to build further.
BioMed Central Health Services Research has published the article “Global Forum 2015 dialogue on “From evidence to policy – thinking outside the box”: perspectives to improve evidence uptake and good practices in the African Region” about the Global Forum 2015 written by Joses Muthuri KirigiaEmail, Charles Ok Pannenborg, Luis Gabriel Cuervo Amore, Hassen Ghannem, Carel IJsselmuiden and Juliet Nabyonga-Orem.
The final Rhinno ethics policy briefs were finalized by IAVI in June
The article “The Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) is emerging as a novel and innovative platform, which promises to address some of the challenges affecting health research partnerships globally” was published on the Issue 7 of the CAAST-Net Plus Magazine. It is about the KEMRI RFI Workshop conducted on May 23rd – 24th.
Mary Kasule was sponsored by Wiley and Sons Publisher to attend the International Association Bioethics Conference in Edinmburgh Scotland. She was interviewed and the article “Silent Voices Current and Future Roles of African Research” was mentioned. Read the full interview here.
COHRED was mentioned in the article Small is beautiful: demystifying and simplifying standard operating procedures: a model from the ethics review and consultancy committee of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative published by BioMed Central.
Staff members from COHRED, Africa attended the 30th Session of the African Advisory Committee on Health Research and Development (AACHRD) Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa, 10 -11 March 2016. The AACHRD was established to provide advice to the Regional Director on the one of the WHO/AFRO’s core functions – which is to shape the research agenda and encourage the “generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge.” A session was held which focussed on the developments in the area of “Research Collaboration in Africa-Contribution”. COHRED presented on the key services and tools it provides in low- and middle- income countries in South-South and North-South collaborations. COHRED will continue to interact with the AACHRD on ways in which to collaborate in building health research systems.
Back row, from left to right: Joses Kirigia; Bathelemy Nyasse; Piere Ongolo-Zongo; Martin Ota (Committee Coordinator); Abdikamal Alisalad; Salim Abdulla; Fred Binka; Garry Aslanyan; Charles Wiysonge; Jean Marie Rakotomanga; Peter Gaturuku; Modest Mulenga; Davidson Munondawafa; Thomas Nyirenda; Babatunde Sanni; Takele Geresu.
Front row, from left to right: Marcelline Itoua; Boitumelo Mokgatla; Jacintha Toohey; Edna Vierga; Flavia Senkubuge (Secretary); Triphonie Nkurunziza; Bongani Mayosi (Chair); Tewabech Bishaw; Maria Sambo; Naomi Seboni; Portia Manangazira; Nirina Razakasoa.
Prof. Carel IJsselmuiden and Dr. Najia Musolino contributed to the report “Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Health: A Critical Analysis of the Scope, Outputs and Potential Outcomes” which forms part of a series of three CAAST-Net Plus studies on Africa-EU research collaboration in climate change, food security, and health.
The TRUST project’s kick-off meeting was hosted by the UNESCO in Paris from 4-5 October 2015. The meeting focused on paradigmatic case studies and challenges to overcome to achieve equitable partnerships in research between high and low/middle income economies.
Efforts to strengthen the capacity of research ethics committees in Africa to date have largely targeted their chairs and members, neglecting an explicit focus on research ethics committee administrators, who often manage the reviews and the review committees. The concept of an administrator as a key role player in research ethics review in Africa is only now emerging. No empirical studies have been conducted to describe their position, roles, and responsibilities or their potential to affect positively the quality and responsiveness of ethics review. This questionnaire-based study found that research ethics committee administrators vary greatly in expertise and responsibilities, identifies the administrators’ potential to improve research ethics review performance in Africa, and outlines specific requirements to realize this potential. Read more about the article Silent Voices Current and Future Roles of African Research by Mary Kasule, Douglas R. Wassenaar, Carel IJsselmuiden and Boitumelo Mokgatla.
COHRED Associate, Francis Kombe has received the 2014-15 Pillars of PRIM&R Award during the 2015 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference held in Boston.
COHRED Fairness Index has appeared in the June edition of UN Special Magazine with the article Fairness is international collaborative research partnerships for health – time for a certification process COHRED Fairness Index
On Friday the 8th COHRED was visited by 35 students from the School of Health Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines for a conversation on ‘global health research and the next generation health professionals’. The study tour was organized to provide students with an introduction to the major challenges facing global health research and innovation as well as the responses made and opportunities opened by COHRED and the global health community to address these problems.
The CFI (COHRED Fairness Index) was mentioned as one research tool in the article Research: Africa’s fight for equality After years of second-class status in research partnerships, African scientists are calling for change by Linda Nordling published on the Nature website (www.nature.com).
COHRED Board Member, Dr. Martin Sepulveda was interviewed by SciDev Net journalist during the Colloquium 4 in London.
“Every year a substantial amount of global expenditure is drawn towards improving global health through partnerships and yet research partnerships have not always been free of inequity and unfair practices. As a result, decades of global support for health research in low-income and middle-income countries (LIMCs) have not substantially improved the systems that countries need to prioritise or translate results into effective policy, practice, and products […]” The article COHRED Fairness Index for international collaborative partnerships was published on April 29th on the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) Website.
“‘Data is power’ was the sentiment of the opening address by Susan Veldsman, from the Academy of Science of South Africa at a recent workshop on research data sharing held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The consensus among the more than 65 African and international experts was that Africa can benefit if equitable terms and funding can be established. […] This workshop set out to explore these issues and identify potential solutions. Negotiating fairness and benefit sharing between researchers from all locations and with the study participants at the beginning in a collaborative agreement was a key topic. The Council for Health Research and Development presented one model to assist researchers ‘where there is no lawyer’ achieve this fair research contracting. The concept of embargoing or delaying the release of data to allow time for analysis was also raised.” The article Workshop on how to expand research data sharing – Unlocking potential benefits for research and health across Africa was published on the TDR e-Newsletter.
“Health research partnerships between scientists in rich nations and poorer countries are still far from equal, a meeting on a potential tool to address the problem heard on 16 April. Much more work is needed to ensure fair research partnerships, especially in projects involving African partners, said participants at the meeting arranged in London by the Council on Health Research for Development.” Research partnerships still far from fair, meeting hears is one of the first article about the Colloquium 4 that was held at the Wellcome Trust (London) on 16-17 April 2015.
“Without good policies it will be difficult to provide guidance to research and innovation systems. However, policies need to be followed through and implemented to have the desired effect. We studied the policies and strategies in place to support research and innovation systems for health in Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania, and looked at the extent to which these policies and strategies have been implemented”. The article Assessing the implementation and influence of policies that support research and innovation systems for health: the cases of Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania written by Julius Mugwagwa, Daniel Edwards and Sylvia de Haan, has been published on April 18th by BioMed Cantral.
Devex has published the article Toward a ‘meaningful change’ on global health research and innovation about the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015.
“Every year a substantial amount of global expenditure is drawn towards improving global health through partnerships and yet research partnerships have not always been free of inequity and unfair practices. As a result, decades of global support for health research in low-income and middle-income countries (LIMCs) have not substantially improved the systems that countries need to prioritise or translate results into effective policy, practice, and products. Availability of global health funds and resources alone is not enough to resolve health research issues in these countries”. The article COHRED Fairness Index for international collaborative partnerships has been published by the Lancet on April 4th.
“Identifying research priorities is key to innovation and economic growth, since it informs decision makers on effectively targeting issues that have the greatest potential public benefit. As such, the process of setting research priorities is of pivotal importance for favouring the science, technology, and innovation (STI)-driven development of low- and middle-income countries”. The article Setting research priorities across science, technology, and health sectors: the Tanzania experience has been published on March 12th by BioMed Cantral.
COHRED was mentioned in the article Learning lessons from operational research in infectious diseases: can the same model be used for non communicable diseases in developing countries? on applying lessons on operational research in infectious diseases for the control of NCDs in developing countries.
COHRED Africa Launch
The Council of Health Research for Development Africa office that was opened in Botswana this month will prioritise health research ethics.
Biotumelo Mokgatla-Moipolia, the director of COHRED Africa, said at its launch on 6 November that health research ethics remain a pressing problem for the continent. Some countries don’t have the legislation, skills or finances to conduct ethical reviews for clinical trials, she said
She said COHRED will expand initiatives such as the ethics version of its Research for Health and Innovation Organiser to train policymakers to speed up applications for ethical reviews. RHinnO stores and manages data that include projects and proposals, in a way that enables users to easily retrieve, share and analyse it. A Fair Research Contracting Initiative to provide guidelines to help researchers in low- and middle-income countries to negotiate fair contracts in partnerships and grants is also in the pipeline. A Fairness Index will be launched to rate and rank collaborative research partnerships, COHRED Africa delegates told the meeting. See more.
Investing in research infrastructure will help African countries to leverage more donor funding, according to Gerald Keusch, a board member of the Council on Health Research for Development. Investing in research infrastructure will help African countries to leverage more donor funding, according to Gerald Keusch, a board member of the Council on Health Research for Development. Keusch, a former associate director for international research at the Fogarty International Center in the US, says countries would attract more donor funding if they increase their spend on innovative or novel research. “You don’t have to be, in relative terms, a rich country to make an investment,” he told Research Africa after the launch of COHRED Africa in Gaborone, Botswana, on 6 November.
He cited Tanzania as an example of a poorer African nation that has made noticeable returns from its investments. Up to 19.2 and 58.6 per cent of Tanzania’s research spend is used for experimental and applied research, respectively, according to the African Innovation Outlook 2010. See more.
Countries do not necessarily need to invest in research to grow their economies, delegates at the launch of the Council on Health Research Africa heard on 6 November. John Mugabe, a professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, said preliminary results of a study he is conducting for COHRED show that research does not always translate to innovation. Innovation has been argued by some scientists to be the driver of economic growth. “You cannot go around and say that you need to put money in research to grow economies. There are other reasons why we should conduct research,” said Mugabe. He is also a science and technology consultant and a former science advisor for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. The launch of COHRED Africa took place in Gaborone, Botswana. Angola’s economy, he said, has outpaced that of its neighbour South Africa despite its low investment in research. South Africa, which spends 0.76 per cent of its gross domestic product on research has an annual GDP growth rate of 4.7 per cent. Angola’s first science, technology and innovation survey shows that it spent a paltry 0.07 per cent in 2011/12. Its annual GDP growth rate is 5.2 per cent, according to the World Bank. Communication between researchers and pharmaceutical companies is also a challenge. See more.
COHRED was mentioned in the Seventh EDCTP Forum Proceedings. The Forum was held in Berlin, Germany, from 30 June to 2 July 2014. The report gives a detailed overview of the research results presented and highlights of discussions that took place.
At the First Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Community of Practice, Dr. Ok Pannenborg, Board Member at COHRED, has led the session COHRED – FAIR RESEARCH CONTRACTING (FRC) INITIATIVE: “Where there is no lawyer…”: Guidance on fair contracts and negotiation in collaborative health research.
This session—after framing selected dimensions of global public interest intellectual property—discussed the creation of this new Community of Practice, IP and Gender, COHRED’s Fairness IndexTM (CFI) and its Fair Research Contracting (FRC) initiative in the health research setting, IP in support of the development agenda and sustainable development, and multisectoral approaches. The panel included representatives from NGOs, private law firms doing global pro bono, and multilateral organizations. COHRED was mentioned in the final document of the research agenda for new health research priorities in Guinea Bissau.
COHRED was mentioned in the article Making the Case for Research and Innovation for Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda by Claire Wingfield, product development policy officer at PATH. In this guest post, Ms Wingfield writes about a new paper exploring why research and development (R&D) of high-priority health tools for diseases and conditions affecting low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) should be a critical component of the post-2015 development agenda.
The article West African research training opportunities now online has been published on the WHO Website. “A new internet platform that lists training opportunities and other important research management information in West Africa is now available. West Africa Health Research Web (WAHRWeb) is a database and an announcement platform for research capacity training opportunities like ethics, grant writing, and clinical trials management for the 15 countries of the West African Health Organization (WAHO).”
The Global Health Technologies Coalition, the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), and PATH have released the paper The Role of Research and Innovation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda making the case for why research and development (R&D) for new and improved health technologies targeting the needs of low- and middle-income countries should be a critical component of the post-2015 development agenda.
COHRED has been mentioned in this ESSENCE Good practice document series on Health Research initiative: Seven principles for strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries: simple ideas in a complex world . It is designed to provide broad guidance on how best to strengthen research capacity with the maximum possible benefit.
An interview to Prof IJsselmuiden has been published on the International Innovation by the Research MediaLtd.
Article featuring COHRED published on International Innovation.
The article Financing Research for Health: Why the Multilateral Process Paused, and What Action Governments Should Take rather than Wait written by Priya Shetty, Danny Edwards and Carel IJsselmuiden has been published on the 2nd of June on www.equilibri.net, an Italian online magazine on Geopolitics and International Relations.
Prof Ijsselmuiden and Dr Montejo, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, have signed an agreement to host the Global Forum for Health Research 2015 in Manila.
BMC Medicine has published the article National research for health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: moving towards the right direction? written within the EU-LAC project, and Sylvia de Haan being co-authors.
COHRED has been awarded the 2014 Cyber Alert Grant: one free year online news monitoring service, which monitors 55,000+ online news sources in 250+ languages from 191 countries.
A Spanish version of the HRWeb for the Latin America has been published by the Revista Medica Hondureña: HRWEB: Una herramienta para facilitar una mejor gobernanza de la investigación en América Latina y el Caribe
COHRED’s RHInnO Ethics was mentioned in Introduction: Fogarty International research ethics education and curriculum development program in historical context in the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.
The article Implementing a Health Research Communication Program in a Low Resource Country: Experience from Uganda’s Makerere University School of Public Health is the result of a health research communication project COHRED has been working on with the University of Makerere in Uganda.
A video has been produced to introduce the work of CAAST-Net Plus. CAAST-Net Plus is a consortium of partners dedicated to strengthening the Africa – European Union science and technology relationship for the benefit of both regions. COHRED, alongside the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology in Kenya (MOHEST) and the Foundation for International Health and Cooperation (FCSAI) is leading the consortium’s work on health.
Danny Edwards co-authored a Lancet article on mapping health research and development data (open access, but requires subscription). COHRED’s Health Research Web is listed as a potential integrative platform contributing towards global health research funding data.
COHRED is mentioned in the last page of this brilliant policy paper by John Ouma-Mugabe, Professor of Science and Innovation Policy, University of Pretoria.
Here is some news published by TDR, based on a study done by Rob Terry (TDR) and COHRED, among other partners.
A piece about the fair research contracting guidance was published in the online Euroscientist magazine.
Our WAHO colleagues have just published the following article: The state of the research for health environment in the ministries of health of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS).
COHRED is mentioned several times in the recently released World Health Report 2013.
Check on this positive feedback (in French), from the Ministry of Health of Benin, about the WAHO Web workshop recently done in this country.
Dr Franciso Becerra was invited to contribute in this recent publication on the Pan American Health Journal in a paper lead by Ludovic Reveiz (PAHO).
Dr Mary Kasule participated to this article on Building research capacity in Botswana.
Bio Ventures for Global Health Snapshot Newsletter, February 2013 (with entry on COHRED Colloquium 2013)
Click here to download the newsletter in Spanish.
EU-LAC Health Newsletter No.1 Nov 2012 (first issue of the newsletter – includes summary on EU-LAC Health, main outcomes of the project activities and much more).
Technical meeting advances ideas for WHO-led R&D financing framework, Intellectual Property Watch, 9 Nov 2012
Call to make public research findings, Tanzania Daily News, 9 Nov 2012
Tanzania: NIMR underscores quality research, Tanzania Daily News, 5 Nov 2012
(Audio clip in Swahili) Research and Innovation for health in Tanzania…Africa…, Clouds FM, 5 Nov 2012
The Report to the Director on the 44th Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research which was held in Barcelona in 2011 highlights COHRED’s work on HRWeb and also on the Latin American Conferences on Research and Innovation for Health.
COHRED’s partnership with Botswana’s Innovation Hub receives mention in UNITAID’s Market Share publication 16 October 2012, Vol 2, No 12.
Communication Initiative highlights COHRED’s approach to working with CSOs, Communication Initiative, 15 Oct 2012
Botswana: Govt to Launch Health Hub With Support of Swiss NGO
AllAfrica.com…. The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), a government-owned innovation centre, and the Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), …
Generic drugs are vital for a healthy Africa Mail and Guardian, 06 Oct 2012.
North-South collaboration helps researchers stay at home SciDev.Net-Aug 23, 2012… benefits],” Francisco Becerra, head of projects and programmes at the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) told SciDev.
Botswana Innovation Hub signs MoU with COHRED…focus is on …
The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council on Health Research for Development ( COHRED).
BOPA | BIH COHRED sign deal
GABORONE – The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) and Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding … www.dailynews.gov.bw/cgi-bin/n
Selected media coverage of Forum 2012, Jan – June 2012
Outlined below are listings of some of the recent clippings / links to the media coverage of Forum 2012.
African scientists urged to solve African health problems The Guardian – 26 Apr 2012 This week’s meeting is the successor to a series of twice-yearly meetings on health researchthat were organised by the Global Forum.
Pour en finir avec l’aide et opter pour la santé des peuples et des économies Le Messager no 3572, Jeudi 12 Avril 2012.
Treaty on health study for the poor is long overdue Business Daily Africa – 30 Apr 2012 The best way of addressing it has been hotly debated over the past decade, for example, at the bi-annual Global Forum for Health Research, the latest of …
The WHO’s Final Sprint Toward An International Convention On R&D Intellectual Property Watch – 20 Apr 2012 A World Health Organization expert group is recommending the …. on 25 April during the Global Forum for Health Research 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Developing countries are major funders of own researches – Forum 2012 Spyghana.com – 1 day ago Participants at a recently held international forum onresearch, health and … It also probed how global collaborations can be used to support research and…
COHRED, policymakers collaborate in health and development research Ghana Business News – 30 Apr 2012 – In a three-day discussion dubbed Forum 2012 on the theme, “Beyond aid…research and innovation as key drivers of health, equity and development’ panellists …
South Africa Launching Initiative To Improve Healthcare DeliveryVoice of America – May 3, 2012 – Ramokgopa was the keynote speaker at the just-ended Council on Health Research and Development Group (COHRED) 2012 forum in Cape Town.
BusinessDay – CAREL IJSSELMUIDEN: Moving from aid to healthy …www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=1667697 Mar 2012 – CAREL IJSSELMUIDEN: Moving from aid to healthy people and economies … Ijsselmuiden is director of the Council on Health Research and …
Scholar Urges Increased Investment in Health Research in South Africa Voice of AmericaMayosi’s comments came at the end of the recent Council on Health Research and Development Group (COHRED) 2012 forum in Cape Town…VOA
NEPAD to Implement Policies to Improve Africa’s Health Voice of AmericaKubata said NEPAD is working with Council on Health Research and Development Group (COHRED) to build health systems of governance to improve the health … VOA
Health Expert Encouraged by Government Support of Medical ResearchVoice of America… A Unique Inter-Africa Collaboration at the recent Council on Health Research and Development Group (COHRED) 2012 forum in Cape Town, South Africa…VOA…
Treated Mosquito Nets Reduce Malaria Risk, Says Tanzania Scientist Voice of America… and public and private funding strategies at the recent Council on Health Research and Development Group (COHRED) 2012 forum in Cape Town, South Africa…VOA…
Forum 2012: Research for Health | CRI’s Nate Schlabach speaks to … www.forum2012.org/…/cris-nate-schlabach-speaks-to-cohreds-carel- …CRI’s Nate Schlabach speaks to COHRED’s Carel IJsselmuiden on China and Forum 2012… 23Apr2012 0 Comments Categories:Also in the News. [Translate …
Forum 2012: Research for Health | VOA’s Peter Clottey speaks to … www.forum2012.org/…/voas-peter–clottey-speaks-to-cohreds-directo… VOA’s Peter Clottey speaks to COHRED’s Director on eve of Forum 2012. 23Apr2012 0 Comments Categories:Also in the News. [Translate (Google)]. audio icon …
Council on Health Research for Development | Audio clip: COHRED’s … www.cohred.org/…/audio-clip-cohred’s-prof-carel–ijsselmuiden-spea…Carel IJsselmuiden speaks to SABC’s Channel Africa about Forum 2012. + (reset ) -. 27Jan2012 0 Comments Categories:Director’s Corner, News, Views …
World Malaria Day with Professor Carel IJsselmuidenwww.abndigital.com/…/1245943-World-Malaria-Day-with-Professor…CNBCAfrica – ABN’s team caught up with Professor Carel IJsselmuiden, Executive Director of The Council on Health Research and Development Group, and asked him about …