Component: Operational Research and Knowledge-Sharing and Program Management
Component Description: Support is provided to finance operational research and knowledge sharing activities.
Research in health provides important information about disease trends, risk factors, treatment outcomes, and public health interventions, patterns of care, and health care costs and use. Under the project two fronts were exploited; (1) Multi-country and multi-sites operational research protocols were developed with Kenya as the lead and (2) outsourced services to implement two multi-country studies.
The multi-country studies outsourced included; (i) the experience of Private-Public Partnership for laboratory services in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. (ii) Human Resources for Health with focus on Laboratories (HRH Labs) in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.
Data Management at the Satellite Laboratories:
Monitoring and Evalutation Support Visit at Mbale RR Hospital where EAPHLN equipment has been installed:
The three multi-country and multi-sites operational research protocols were developed with Kenya as the lead, are in;
Evaluation of Impact of New Tuberculosis Diagnostics on Patient Health Outcomes” using LED microscopy, Liquid Culture (MGIT), and GeneXpert. Ethical approval has been obtained and is now awaiting clearance by the National Council of Science and Technology and signing contracts with PCT to access funds before initiating the data collection. IRB approval expires in July 2014.
2. Enterics Study:
Surveillance of common circulating enteric pathogens and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns in Eastern African countries. Uganda, like Tanzania, Rwanda have secured ethical clearance. PI and Co-PIs have registered study with National Council of Science and Technology and now waiting to sign contracts with PCT to access funds before initiating the data collection. IRB approval expired in February 2014.
Video-Conference Equipment Installed at Mbale RR Hospital for Knowledge-Sharing:
3. Malaria Study:
Evaluation of the efficacy of Artemisinin Combination Therapy in East African Countries
PI and Co-PIs have registered study with National Council of Science and Technology and now waiting to sign contracts with PCT to access funds before initiating the data collection. IRB approval expired in January 2014.
The main objective of the HRH Labs study was to take stock of the current status of the different types of under–recognized health worker cadres, highlight their challenges and make policy recommendations to streamline the professionalization of these cadres, as a means to strengthen health systems. This study also sought examine the role of the different cadres of laboratory personnel in health service delivery, and their current status, what governments and non-state actors are doing to support these cadres and to ‘professionalize’ them and what can be learned from ongoing good practices and experiences. The findings provided recommendations for governments in the region with regard to enhancing the professional status of laboratory personnel.
Video-Conferencing Equipment installed at the Central Public Health Laboratories in Kampala: