Research for Health Africa

 Research for Health Africa (R4HA) is a programme aimed at improving health, development and equity by strengthening capacity for governance of research and innovation in African countries.

As research and innovation are key drivers of development, strengthening national research governance provides both an effective means and practical course of action to increase technical, social and economic development. However, many African countries currently lack the infrastructure and mechanisms to exercise the governance needed.

The R4HA team works with countries to help them:

• Define national research priorities to establish a national research agenda

• Build a research management information system

• Develop a policy framework

• Strengthen research infrastructure

Working initially with three African countries: MozambiqueSenegal and Tanzania R4HA offers countries an opportunity to work together, share experiences and create momentum as they build national systems for managing research and innovation.

With the help of R4HA we were able to set a cross-sectorial research agenda which will help us in deciding where to invest our national resources next”. Dr Hassan Mshinda, COSTECH (Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology).

R4HA supported us in understanding our priorities for research system strengthening. This led us to the decision to set up a Council for Research for health to help coordinate research efforts in Senegal. R4HA also help us establish a research for health management information system”. Dr Samba Cor Sarr, Ministry of Health, Senegal.

Mozambique had been trying for ten years to set up a research agenda. Now, we have a draft – this would not have been possible without the support, guidance and advice of the team at COHRED”. Dr Nilsa de Deus, National Institute of Health, Mozambique.


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