COHRED in the News

This news section contains stories and features that have been reported about COHRED related issues. 

February 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges in ensuring global, equitable access to the outcomes of biomedical research and development (R&D) have emphasized the importance of reorienting the system on the public interest. A commentary – “Reboot biomedical R&D in the global public interest” published pursue to communicate a more complete concept by asking 3 significant questions: Why do R&D? How should it be done, and for whom? – The Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) self-assessment reporting tool mentioned enables research partners to assess and improve their benefit-sharing arrangements. Read More

January 2022

  • 🎙️The “Last Mile” podcast series by iCHORDS from a group of social scientists supporting the WHO 2030 Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Roadmap. In episode 2 of the podcast – “It’s Time for Fairness in Research Partnerships” by Dr. Jim Lavery highlights:
    • Dr. Jim Lavery’s unique career and how he started working within the NTD space
    • Research Fairness Initiative (RFI)
    • Benefits and Challenges of using the RFI
    • Dr. Jim Lavery contribution to the last mile of NTD elimination and control
    • 🎧👂 Click to listen

December 2021

  • “Vaccine inequity” should not become “vaccination inequity” – A commentary in Think Global Health highlights a complete change is needed in the approach to and funding of global preparedness. R&D equity should become an explicit objective in national and international development and collaboration policy, especially between high- and low- and middle-income countries. Read More
  • ‘Working relationships’ across difference – a realist review of community engagement with malaria research – published in Wellcome Open Research highlights how the Community engagement (CE) is a critical aspect of health research mentions COHRED’s RFI.

November 2021

Articles mentioning the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI)
Beatrice Schibler – Research Project Manager at the Fondation Botnar congratulates the COHRED team for a successful digitization of the RFI tool that aims at improving partnerships and building capacity globally. WATCH NOW

October 2021

  • Dr. Salim Abdool Karim – Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) & Professor at Columbia University shares how the RFI is creating a fairer and better world driven by research and collaborations.
  • COHRED’s Executive Director – Carel IJsselmuiden was invited to participate in a virtual debate session: Equity in innovation, partnership, and research is a desirable but unrealistic goal, held on 19th Oct 2021 at the 10th European-Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) Forum. The panel included experts who were either against or in favour of the topic of equity. All the speakers put their viewpoints across and later a poll was carried out among the participants and it was found that 63% of the participants agreed that equity is an achievable goal.
    “Action by African countries themselves and help from wealthier countries can make equity achievable.

September 2021

The “Advisory Group on R&I for Africa-Europe Cooperation” highlights the projects on priority area of “Development and support Networks of Excellence : such as COHRED, EDCTP, H3Africa2 or other good examples of South-South and North South collaboration, with a lot of work that has been done (several nodes are already in place in different countries, big efforts on capacity building, data governance and infrastructure)”. Read More

August 2021

A working group for the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) has published a consensus report on Clinical Research in Resource-Limited Settings, providing well-balanced arguments and suggestions to promote good quality clinical research in low-resource settings. It provides an insight into the guidelines and recommendations for good epidemiological practices and fair global health research to advance scientifically sound, impactful and good quality clinical research in low-resource settings. COHRED’s Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) framework is recommended to promote fair and equitable research partnerships and Fair Research Contracting (FRC) as a capacity-building tool to negotiate fair research agreements. Read More

July 2021

  • Urgent lessons from COVID19: why the world needs a standing, coordinated system and sustainable financing for global research and development – a recent article published in The Lancet highlights that a critical step in preparedness is to generate and sustain a global financing system to help finance the end-to-end mechanisms of the R&D ecosystem and ensure global equitable access before the world moves on to next emergencies.
  • Should global financing be the main priority for pandemic preparedness? – a commentary by Carel Ilsselmuiden and colleagues argues that R&D systems in LMICs need to be strengthened in LMICs for pandemic preparedness and response. It also reflects how Fairness in research partnerships is both a global value and approach for diversifying investments in global health in ways that expand global R&D capacity by more efficiently mobilizing the extraordinary intellectual, social, and economic capacity within LMICs.
  • The author of the main article agrees with the commentary – a global financing system is essential to support the broad components of the R&D ecosystem of the future. The authors share that “Solving the financing challenge is central to closing what we called “the R&D equity gap”. This task includes establishing research hubs on each continent committed “to equity of opportunity” for scientists in LMICs who must be central to all aspects of the R&D ecosystem.”

June 2021

‘Research colonialism still plagues Africa’ – a column published in SciDev.Net highlights the persisting global south scientific research collaboration and funding inequities with the developed world. Read More

April 2021

UKCDR and ESSENCE has launched a new Equitable Partnerships Resource Hub, which brings together guidance, tools and principles on equitable partnerships from across the world including the Research Fairness Initiative – pragmatic tool.

February 2021

An article published by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene(RSTMH) on “Ethical dimensions of neglected tropical disease (NTD) programming” highlights that there are ethical dilemmas that arise not in the operations of programs, structures and processes of institutions and in the interpersonal relationships that lie at the heart of all successful NTD initiatives. Therefore, there is the need for transparency and trust at the global, institutional and interpersonal. To address persistent unfairness and inequity in global health, the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) guides participating research organizations through a detailed process of self-assessment related to fairness in their international partnerships and collaborations. This beneficial for all organizations engaged in NTD programs and any other scientific research, especially for organizations in lower-and middle-income countries with limited power and resources. Read More

September 2020

  • CaptureHealth Research Priority Setting in Oman: Towards better utilization of the available resources which highlights good practice for health research prioritization processes that have been followed by the Centre of Studies and Research in Oman is based on COHRED recommendation to provide assistance for planning a high-quality health research priority-setting exercise at national and sub-national levels. Read More
  • Health Policy and Systems Research in the Arab World: Concepts, Evolution, Challenges, and Application Necessity for COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond – an article published uses the COHRED’s framework on Lessons in Research to Action and PolicyRead More

August 2020

Research Fairness Initiative receives a Grand Challenges Explorations grant in partnership with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Read More


April 2019

COHRED has received a substantial grant from the Botnar Foundation in Switzerland to digitize the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI). Digitization will take place over 18 months between May 2019 – October 2020. Read More


April 2018

COHRED helped to run the workshop on ‘NHRS’ / ‘National Health Research System’ assessment together with WHO/EURO at the workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria. The link for the meeting report can be found here.

September 2017

This article about MASCOT on Maternal health research outputs and gaps in Latin America: reflections from the mapping study was published on 17 September 2017.

A response to comments received on an article titled “Bringing all together for research capacity building in LMICs” was published in The Lancet Global Health, and the authors mention both COHRED’s work and the RFI in this piece.

May 2017

The article Mapping research ethics committees in Africa: evidence of the growth of ethics review of health research in Africa was published on the Developing World Bioethics

UKCDS Report:‘Building Partnerships of Equals: The role of funders in equitable and effective international development collaborations

April 2017

PAHO Publication detailing, among other things, COHRED’s contributions to building capacity for research for health in the Americas: Advisory Committee on Health Research. A review of its contributions to health and research for Health in the Americas 2009-2015. Second Revised Edition

March 2017

Research Africa published an article focusing on the implementation of the RFI. The article is available here.

The RFI showcased on the UK CDS Blog:  Implementing an intervention for fairness, trust and equity in research collaborations

February 2017

Here an article published by IAVI on RHInnO Ethics

December 2016

There is a mention of the RFI in the editorial of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s magazine, Horizons. This issue of the magazine focuses on ‘researching fairness.’

November 2016

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.

November 2016

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.”

October 2016

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.

October 2016

“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.

October 2016

SciDevNet has published the article “Tool targets fairness deficit in research” about the RFI workshop held in Brussels on the 28th September.

September 2016

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.

September 2016

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”.


August 2016

Prof. IJsselmuiden gave a presentation followed by a discussion at Palawan State University in the Philippines, on Friday 12 August.


August 2016

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.

July 2016

A joint workshop between CAASTNET Plus and COHRED took place in Abuja (Nigeria) to further develop the Research Fairness Initiative.


July 2016

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.

July 2016

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.

June 2016

The final Rhinno ethics policy briefs were finalized by IAVI in June




June 2016

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.

June 2016

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.

May 2016

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.

March 2016

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.

March 2016

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.

March 2016

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.

January 2016

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.

November 2015

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.

October 2015

Prof. IJsselmuiden will be an independent Assessor at the INDEPTH Scientific Conference (ISC 2015) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November.

September 2015

Prof. IJsselmuiden has been interviewed by E-Health Reporter Latin America about innovation in healthcare. 

June 2015

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

May 2015

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 (

April 2015

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.

March 2015

“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.

November 2014

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.

November 2014  

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.

November 2014

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.

October 2014

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.

September 2014

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.

July 2014

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.

 June 2014

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, an Italian online magazine on Geopolitics and International Relations.

March 2014

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.

January 2014

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.

November 2013

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. 

October 2013

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.

September 2013

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.

August 2013

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.

July 2013

Fair Research Contracting: The Lancet

Fair Research Contracting: SciDev.Net

April 2013

Colloquium 2013: Informal dialogues can help drive global health policy – SciDev.Net

March 2013

FP7 Project MASCOT workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

COHRED Symposium: Boosting Research for Health in the New Arab World

Arab divisions: how can the rich Gulf help the poor Maghreb build research capacity?

BMJ’s Richard Smith on Research and the Arab Spring

February 2013

Health research in the Arab world needs a ‘big idea’…

Health research in the Arab world can benefit from experiences in Africa and Latin America…

Arab academic institutions need rethinking to improve health outcomes… 

Mapping national health research systems across the Arab world…

More and better health research is needed in the Arab world…

January 2013

Bio Ventures for Global Health Snapshot Newsletter, February 2013 (with entry on COHRED Colloquium 2013)

PAHO January 2013 Research Newsletter (includes entries on RIMAIS and HRWeb).

Click here to download the newsletter in Spanish.

November 2012

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

October 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…. 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.

August 2012

Report on Forum 2012 in the August 2012 Issue of the EDCTP Newsletter

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).…/botswana-innovati...

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 ……i=BIH…

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 – 1 day ago
Participants at a recently held international forum onresearchhealth 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 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…/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…/voas-peterclottey-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…/audio-clip-cohred’s-prof-carelijsselmuiden-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…/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