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IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

Study reports boys, girls start working in the mines at 7

(Dar es Salaam, May 8, 2018). New findings of a formative study by Ifaraha Health Institute (IHI) and partners which focused on children in mining show that child miners, both …

Recent Projects

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Demonstrating complete disruption of residual malaria transmission by eliminating Anopheles funestus mosquitoes from rural Tanzanian villages

In rural south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria prevalence has reduced by >60% since 2000, low-to-moderate transmission still persists despite very high coverage with long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Like in most residual transmission …

Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD)

Health policy and program decision-making at all levels is improved with accessible and relevant evidence. Consequently, better evidence for more effective programs and decision-making is a longstanding priority within the global health and development agenda of USAID and its partners.

Implementation research that accelerates the achievement of health and development goals addressing challenges that include maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases and global health security is a recognized as a priority. However, there are obstacles that prevent research from helping us achieve improved outcomes. These challenges include:
• The disconnect between research, evidence use and service delivery improvement;
• Failure to generate relevant evidence such as the “how “of implementation, which makes it difficult to inform program improvement and policy processes and apply evidence across different contexts;
• Lack of a sustained commitment and attention to the entire “Research- to-Use” process.

The HEARD project therefore aims to execute activities to address these challenges by focusing on entire research to use pathway that include technical, managerial support and stakeholders’ engagement. URC (University Research Co., LLC) is the HEARD project manager and research systems integrator working with its appointed Global Technical Anchors, Sub-Regional Anchor Partners , Technical Resource Partners (Implementation Assistance Providers), Evidence Advocates and Evaluation and Research Institutions to execute the objectives to bring about a connect between research, evidence use and hence service delivery improvement.

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