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Health workers in Tanzania benefit from open-access research thanks to INASP grant
The improvement of health and prevention of disease has long been central to international development policies worldwide. The attainment of good health has been prioritized by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages. Part of making this a reality is ensuring that health professionals have access to the latest research and advancements in order to make informed medical decisions. If they are not able to access vital research information, patients will be put at risk and the health of communities will not improve.
It is therefore crucial that health workers in developing countries are able to make use of the vast body of open-access literature that authors and health-research grant recipients make freely available online. New case study shares the difference that a grant to support promotion of open-access research is making to rural health in Tanzania.
Increasing evidence use among Ethiopia’s health planners and policymakers
Between 2015 and 2016, Jimma University developed and ran a training and mentoring programme with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health to improve the Ministry’s capacity for using evidence in policy making. Morankar Sudhakar and Mirkuzie Woldie discuss the project and its potential for shaping the institutional culture of this busy department.
Improving information literacy for urban service planning and delivery at local government level in Nigeria
A VakaYiko grant supported a Lagos-based public policy think tank the Centre for Public Policy Alternatives (CPPA) to improve information literacy for urban planning and delivery at local government level in Nigeria. The Improving Information Literacy for Urban Service Planning and Delivery Project (INFO-LIT) aimed to strengthen the understanding and use of evidence by local government in urban areas of Nigeria for more consistent and cost-effective public services.
Ugandan entomologist overcame barriers to publication with help from the AuthorAID network
For farming communities, the risk of loss of crops to pests is an ever-present concern, and the changing climate is expected to transform the abundance and distribution of crop pests and diseases. Understanding the issues and managing the response to crop pests is crucial, but there is a dearth of information about how crops will be affected. Ugandan entomologist Joshua Okonya’s research on this subject is of vital importance for development in many African countries and globally, but before joining AuthorAID he found it challenging to get his reserch published in scientific journals. Here he talks about the realities of publication for emerging researchers in many developing countries.