Developing the African national health research systems barometer

 

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dc.contributor.author Kirigia, Joses M
dc.contributor.author Ota, Martin O
dc.contributor.author Senkubuge, Flavia
dc.contributor.author Wiysonge, Charles S
dc.contributor.author Mayosi, Bongani M
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-26T07:08:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-26T07:08:05Z
dc.date.issued 2016-07-22
dc.identifier.citation Kirigia, J. M., Ota, M. O., Senkubuge, F., Wiysonge, C. S., & Mayosi, B. M. (2016). Developing the African national health research systems barometer. Health Research Policy and Systems, 14(1), 53. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1478-4505 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12961-016-0121-4
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20732
dc.description.abstract Background: A functional national health research system (NHRS) is crucial in strengthening a country’s health system to promote, restore and maintain the health status of its population. Progress towards the goal of universal health coverage in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda will be difficult for African countries without strengthening of their NHRS to yield the required evidence for decision-making. This study aims to develop a barometer to facilitate monitoring of the development and performance of NHRSs in the African Region of WHO. Methods: The African national health research systems barometer algorithm was developed in response to a recommendation of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research and Development of WHO. Survey data collected from all the 47 Member States in the WHO African Region using a questionnaire were entered into an Excel spreadsheet and analysed. The barometer scores for each country were calculated and the performance interpreted according to a set of values ranging from 0% to 100%. Results: The overall NHRS barometer score for the African Region was 42%, which is below the average of 50%. Among the 47 countries, the average NHRS performance was less than 20% in 10 countries, 20–40% in 11 countries, 41–60% in 16 countries, 61–80% in nine countries, and over 80% in one country. The performance of NHRSs in 30 (64%) countries was below 50%. Conclusion: An African NHRS barometer with four functions and 17 sub-functions was developed to identify the gaps in and facilitate monitoring of NHRS development and performance. The NHRS scores for the individual sub-functions can guide policymakers to locate sources of poor performance and to design interventions to address them. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_ZA
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dc.source Health Research Policy and Systems en_ZA
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dc.subject National health research systems performance
dc.subject Research for health governance
dc.subject Research production and utilization
dc.subject Research financing
dc.subject Research coordination
dc.title Developing the African national health research systems barometer en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-07-22T18:02:10Z
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dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Medicine en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Kirigia, J. M., Ota, M. O., Senkubuge, F., Wiysonge, C. S., & Mayosi, B. M. (2016). Developing the African national health research systems barometer. <i>Health Research Policy and Systems</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20732 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Kirigia, Joses M, Martin O Ota, Flavia Senkubuge, Charles S Wiysonge, and Bongani M Mayosi "Developing the African national health research systems barometer." <i>Health Research Policy and Systems</i> (2016) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20732 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Kirigia JM, Ota MO, Senkubuge F, Wiysonge CS, Mayosi BM. Developing the African national health research systems barometer. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2016; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20732. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Kirigia, Joses M AU - Ota, Martin O AU - Senkubuge, Flavia AU - Wiysonge, Charles S AU - Mayosi, Bongani M AB - Background: A functional national health research system (NHRS) is crucial in strengthening a country’s health system to promote, restore and maintain the health status of its population. Progress towards the goal of universal health coverage in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda will be difficult for African countries without strengthening of their NHRS to yield the required evidence for decision-making. This study aims to develop a barometer to facilitate monitoring of the development and performance of NHRSs in the African Region of WHO. Methods: The African national health research systems barometer algorithm was developed in response to a recommendation of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research and Development of WHO. Survey data collected from all the 47 Member States in the WHO African Region using a questionnaire were entered into an Excel spreadsheet and analysed. The barometer scores for each country were calculated and the performance interpreted according to a set of values ranging from 0% to 100%. Results: The overall NHRS barometer score for the African Region was 42%, which is below the average of 50%. Among the 47 countries, the average NHRS performance was less than 20% in 10 countries, 20–40% in 11 countries, 41–60% in 16 countries, 61–80% in nine countries, and over 80% in one country. The performance of NHRSs in 30 (64%) countries was below 50%. Conclusion: An African NHRS barometer with four functions and 17 sub-functions was developed to identify the gaps in and facilitate monitoring of NHRS development and performance. The NHRS scores for the individual sub-functions can guide policymakers to locate sources of poor performance and to design interventions to address them. DA - 2016-07-22 DB - OpenUCT DO - 10.1186/s12961-016-0121-4 DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Health Research Policy and Systems KW - National health research systems performance KW - Research for health governance KW - Research production and utilization KW - Research financing KW - Research coordination LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 SM - 1478-4505 T1 - Developing the African national health research systems barometer TI - Developing the African national health research systems barometer UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20732 ER - en_ZA


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