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Health Information Access in conflict areas or during emergencies

For a couple of years I have found myself in a dilemma while working on information management during disease outbreaks, in conflicts areas or during emergencies.
Setting a reporting system amid insecurity, high mortality/morbidity or other calamities proves to be an uphill task. You end up using any scanty information you get which might end up misleading the planners or implementers of interventions on the ground which may hamper the life-saving efforts. Another issue is to verify/validate whatever information you've received from the field.

Chloroquine still in use to treat malaria in Nigeria

We reside in a country where policies are not based on emperical, long time scientific evidence. Data where available may not be credible as many people involved in the collection of such data may not even understand the implication of poor quality data.

How can health research from LMICs be made more accessible? (8)

The volume and quality of research that is done in LMICs is seriously constrained by an opportunity gap: even when there is some funding, capacity is low; capacity is low because research infrastructure, support systems and ambience are poor; local mentoring and training are often lacking; local research culture is polluted by research misconduct (not limited to LMICs);  persisting local cultural/religious beliefs in superstition, magic and miracles; and increasing Brain Drain of established faculty and younger ones to HICs in search of greener academic and professional pastures 

How can health research from LMICs be made more accessible? (6)

Glazsiou & Chalmers noted the following in relation to global health research:
1. 'We know from follow up of registered clinical trials that about 50% are never published in full, a figure which varies little across countries, size of study, funding source, or phase of trial.' This begs two questions: What percentage of *all* health research (clinical trials plus non-trial health research) is published? And what percentage of health research in LMICs (whether clinical trials or otherwise) is published.

Training for health services and systems research in Sub-Saharan Africa - a case study at four East and Southern African Universities

The need to develop capacity for health services and systems research (HSSR) in low and middle income countries has been highlighted in a number of international forums. However, little is known about the level of HSSR training in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We conducted an assessment at four major East and Southern African universities to describe: a) the numbers of HSSR PhD trainees at these institutions, b) existing HSSR curricula and mode of delivery, and c) motivating and challenging factors for PhD training, from the trainees’ experience.


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