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Are international health research programmes doing enough to develop research systems and skills in low and middle income countries?

Usselmuiden, Carel and Kennedy, Andrew and de Haan, Sylvia and Berger, Martine and Devlin, Michael and Lo Iacono, Sandrine Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) (2007) Are international health research programmes doing enough to develop research systems and skills in low and middle income countries? Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Research plays a crucial role in developing solutions to the health problems suffered by the populations of low and middle income countries. Most health research for and in low and middle income countries is funded from external sources. And most of this externally funded research takes the form of ‘vertical’ – condition – specific – programmes. As a result… • The health research agenda in poor countries is mostly determined from the outside, not based on national health research priorities, and concerns only those conditions for which international funding is available – largely HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. • Externally funded research is not primarily concerned with leaving behind sustainable national research and research governance capacity – most capacity that is built focuses only on those competencies needed for individual research projects. • An important opportunity for sustainable socio-economic development is missed, if health research does not become a driver for development in low income countries, where external investments in health research constitute a large part of total investments in science and technology. • Research programmes rarely make provision to translate research findings into action – leaving this to under-funded, fragile health systems.


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Item Type: Report Document or other Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: Access to full text is subject to the publisher's access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: low and middle income countries; Health research; national health research priorities; development; external investments; Vertical research programmes
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Global Health
Research
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    Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2008
    Last Modified: 19 May 2011 10:37
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/891

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