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Researcher and implementer attributes for greater knowledge translation efficiency in the context of the Zambian public health system: experiences from a pilot project of the African Health Research Forum (AfHRF)

Date: Poster sessions
Source: Forum 11
Authors: Thabale Jack Ngulube, Executive Director, Health, Science and Social Research, Health Research and Training, Centre for Health, Science and Social Research (CHESSORE), Zambia
with Fastone Goma, Clara Mbwili, Lillian Nyendwa and Mary Tuba

Abstract

The African Health Research Forum (AfHRF) was formally launched at the 2002 Global Health Research Forum meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania. Since then, the AfHRF has embarked on a pilot fellowship programme in four countries, two francophone (Benin and Mali) and two anglophone (Uganda and Zambia), to help identify and map out key challenges to knowledge translation for greater equity of access to benefits from the public health systems in Africa.

With funding received from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, AfHRF embarked on an 18-month initiative to establish country teams in each of these four countries. Each team comprised a researcher, an implementer or policy manager, a nongovernment organization representative and a community member. Each of the teams was supported by selected mentors to guide project implementation. In the Zambian project one team was based in Lusaka and another in Ndola. Following an inaugural meeting in each country, the teams went about developing mutually agreed project proposals, implemented their projects, held review meetings with peers from other projects to share experiences; and completed the project, ending the programme with a joint review meeting.

This presentation will detail the experiences of the Zambian teams regarding what the teams learnt and how this happened. The final outcomes from this fellowship programme provide lessons on what we now see as key attributes for both the researchers and programme implementers for greater knowledge translation efficiency in the context of the Zambian public health system.