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Regional HIV knowledge hubs: a new approach by the health sector to transform knowledge into practice.

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Mostafavi E, Haghdoost A, Mirzazadeh A, Riedner G, Weis P, Kloss K, Zolala F. Health Promot Int. 2014 Mar;29(1):91-7. doi: 10.1093/heapro/das041. Epub 2012 Sep 3. Regional HIV knowledge hubs: a new approach by the health sector to transform knowledge into practice.
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This study aims to introduce the knowledge hub (KH) as an initiative to facilitate transformation of knowledge into practice and to highlight the activity and limitations with this new policy. The study was conducted through a review of articles; expert views in this field were sought for further information. Regional human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) KHs were developed by the World Health Organization and GTZ. A series of activities including capacity building, development of training models, technical assistance, and application of studies are provided through these hubs. However, financial limitations are the main obstacle in achieving these aims. This piece of work introduces these HIV hubs in order to help countries, particularly developing countries, provide the support needed to fight the progression of HIV.  
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''World Health Organization (WHO) and GTZ jointly developed a new approach to knowledge sharing and capacity building: WHO agreed to support the knowledge hubs (KHs), by gathering and providing up-to-date guidance on all aspects of HIV health-sector programme development and implementation (Božicevic et al., 2010). The next step is that thematic and geographic priorities were determined based on the region-specific capacity-building needs. Regional HIV KHs are currently active in the fields of harm reduction (HIV prevention among injecting drug users), second-generation surveillance or treatment and care in HIV infection or AIDS...'

'Although nearly all of these KHs are very young, it seems that they are playing an efficient role and using all their power to address their main objectives forcefully...'

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Mostafavi E, Haghdoost A, Mirzazadeh A, Riedner G, Weis P, Kloss K, Zolala F.

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2014
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September