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Regional strategy for knowledge management to support public health

Date: Poster sessions
Source: Forum 11
Authors: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Coordinator, Knowledge Management and Sharing, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, World Health Organization (WHO), Cairo


The regional strategy on knowledge management aims to: increase awareness and understanding of knowledge management; identify potential benefits of knowledge management to all stakeholders; provide a framework for resource mobilization in support of specific projects; communicate good knowledge management practice; act as a basis for operational plans for knowledge management at both regional and national levels; and present a road map for action and a mechanism for monitoring of progress.

The strategy sets strategic directions for action in support of knowledge management both at regional and country levels. Strategic directions at regional level include managing knowledge policies at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), enhancing publishing and dissemination of health information, promoting electronic publishing, strengthening multilingualism, and enhancing networking and communication. EMRO is also developing the Eastern Mediterranean Knowledge Network (EMKNet) as a strategic solution for networking and a platform for knowledge sharing in the region.

At country level, strategic directions are to leverage e-health, or the use of information-communication technology (ICT) in health; build capacity for needs assessment, planning and evaluation; strengthen national programmes for knowledge management; enhance ICT infrastructure in health-care institutions; develop human resources; strengthen knowledge translation; promote knowledge generation; and develop knowledge hubs in WHO country offices.

Development and sustainability of EMRKNet represent the collective efforts of EMRO and member states to create an integrated system for profiling of knowledge assets including people, studies/reports and institutions with an intelligent interface to support identification of best practices, expertise and evidence. Building of the core network will be based on the identification of the top 200 researchers in the region based on the number of citations each of them has in the Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean and PubMed. For each author/researcher a profile will be built with specific reference to his/her area of expertise and affiliation.