Derege Kebede and Chris Zielinski. The potential role of regional and national health observatories in narrowing the knowledge gap in sub-Saharan Africa. J R Soc Med May 2014 107: 3-5, first published on March 18, 2014 doi:10.1177/0141076813513886
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'The availability, quality and use of health information, research evidence and knowledge are not adequate in the Region. This has resulted in two major types of knowledge gaps: gaps in health knowledge, and the so-called 'know-do gap'. Health knowledge gaps are where essential answers on how to improve the health of the people in the Region are missing. This is an issue related to the acquisition or generation of health information and research evidence. The 'know-do gap' is the failure to apply all existing knowledge to improve people's health...
'WHO has also recently launched a Global Health Observatory...
'The African Health Observatory was created at the beginning of 2011 and has been fully functional since then. It consists of a web portal, a data statistics platform, a web-based collaborative space for the production and updating of comprehensive and analytical country health profiles, a repository of key publications including the quarterly periodical the African Health Monitor, and a platform for networking...
'The various papers presented in this supplement describe the issues and challenges related to the availability and use of information in the Region; the structure and function of the African Health Observatory and the national health observatories; and how they could be useful in addressing these issues and challenges...'
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