Intervention tools and strategies to improve health programmes

04-03-2014 14:30 - 17:15
European Parliament Brussels - Altiero Spinelli (ASP) A5E-2
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Intervention tools and strategies to improve health programmes

The role of operationnal research in low and middle income countries



Research is often ‘divorced from implementation’ and the current model for most international health service research is based on the assumption that the research community ‘discovers solutions’ and that these will be applied to practice. The reality is different as evidenced from the huge gap between what we know from research and what we do with this knowledge. Operational research has a key role in bridging this so-called know–do, or implementation gap, particularly in low- and middle income countries. Operational research is vital to demonstrate ‘how to’ implement and roll out new knowledge into practice.  Until now the thrust of EU investment in research has been inclined towards upstream product and innovative tools development. This is laudable, but there is now a need to ensure that these innovations can be effectively applied to various contexts in low and middle income countries. 

Low and middle income countries need to be producers as well as consumers of research and research capacity needs to be built up in the public sector and NGO's. The workshop will address ways of optimising healthcare measures and discuss the ‘what, why and how’ of health services research in developing countries. 


 Co-chaired by

António Correia de Campos, MEP, STOA Chair

Amalia Sartori, MEP, ITRE Chair


Ole Olesen
European Developing Countries CTs Partneship (EDCTP), The Hague, The Netherlands


Ruxandra Draghia-Akli
DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Luis Riera Figueras
DG Development and Cooperation, European Commission

Rony Zachariah
Médecins Sans Frontières, Operational Centre Brussels, Medical department, Operational research unit (LUXOR), MSF Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Anthony Harries
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Giovanni Putoto
Doctors with Africa – CUAMM, Padova, Italy

Andy Ramsay
UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Chris Dye
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Göran Tomson
International Health Systems Research and Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Panel discussants

Charles Goerens, MEP, European Parliament
Christine Kirunga Tashobya, Ministry of Health, and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Maria Eugénia Captivo, Department of statistics and Operational Research, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Walter Kwalta, Médecins Sans Frontières Nairobi, Kenya