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Increasing effectiveness and equity in strengthening health research capacity using data and metrics: recent advances of the ESSENCE mechanism

Kilmarx, Peter H., Maitin, Thabi, Adam, Taghreed, Aslanyan, Garry, Cheetham, Michael, Cruz, Janelle, Eigbike, Martin, Gaye, Oumar, Jones, Catherine M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9431-9121, Kupfer, Linda, Lindo, John, Mijumbi, Rhona, Nachega, Jean B., Nishi, Jamie Bay, Pantelidou, Irini, Sarker, Malabika and Swaminathan, Soumya (2023) Increasing effectiveness and equity in strengthening health research capacity using data and metrics: recent advances of the ESSENCE mechanism. Annals of Global Health, 89 (1). ISSN 2214-9996

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Identification Number: 10.5334/aogh.3948


Background: The ESSENCE on Health Research initiative established a Working Group on Review of Investments in 2018 to improve coordination and collaboration among funders of health research capacity strengthening. The Working Group comprises more than a dozen ESSENCE members, including diverse representation by geography, country income level, the public sector, and philanthropy. Objective: The overall goal of the Working Group is increased research on national health priorities as well as improved pandemic preparedness, and, ultimately, fewer countries with very limited research capacity. Methods: We developed a basic set of metrics for national health research capacity, assessed different models of coordination and collaboration, took a deeper dive into eight countries to characterize their national research capacity, and began to identify opportunities to better coordinate our investments. In this article, we summarize the presentations, discussions, and outcomes of our second annual (virtual) meeting, which had more than 100 participants representing funders, researchers, and other stakeholders from higher- and lower-income countries worldwide. Findings and conclusions: Presentations on the first day included the keynote speaker, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO), and updates on data and metrics for research capacity, which are critical to establish targets, road maps, and budgets. The second day focused on improving collaboration and coordination among funders and other stakeholders, the potential return on investment for health research, ongoing work to increase coordination at the country level, and examples of research capacity strengthening efforts in diverse health research areas from around the world. We concluded that an intentional data- and metric-driven approach to health research capacity strengthening, emphasizing coordination among funders, local leadership, and equitable partnerships and allocation of resources, will enhance the health systems of resource-poor countries as well as the world's pandemic preparedness.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s).
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2023 11:33
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2024 08:18

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