The Africa Hub is a coalition of seven schools of public health in Eastern Africa looking to strengthen capacity for health systems research (HSR) in Africa. FHS supported the Africa Hub during its second phase (from 2011-2016).
- Secretariat: Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
- University of Kinshasa School of Public Health, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- Jimma College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Ethiopia
- Moi University, Kenya
- National University of Rwanda School of Public Health (NURSPH), Rwanda
- School of Public Health University of Nairobi, Kenya
- School of Public Health (SOPH) of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania
- To assess and build institutional capacity in health systems research among Africa Hub institutions (internet access, advice on financial management systems, faculty skill development etc.)
- Extend networks for communicating learning in HSR and cross-country exchange of ideas and research
- To focus on improving HSR capacity in institutions in post-conflict and low capacity contexts such as DRC, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
- To conduct small scale studies in HSR over the course of the RPC through small capacity development grants to address institutionally-specific capacity barriers
- To house a learning platform to generate systematic knowledge and support mutual learning between innovators and key health actors.
Related publications and outputs
Ademe BW, Tebeje B and Molla A (2016) Availability and utilization of medical devices in Jimma zone hospitals, Southwest Ethiopia: a case study, BMC Health Services Research, 16:287, DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1523-2
Health systems throughout the world, whether in developed or developing countries, are struggling with the challenge of how to manage health-care delivery in conditions of resource constraint. The availability and utilization of various health care equipments at all levels of the health care system has been emphasized for effective and efficient service delivery. In Ethiopia lack of proper management of medical equipment limited the capacity of health institutions to deliver adequate health care. The main objective of this study was to assess availability and utilization of medical devices and identify reported reasons that affect availability and utilization of medical devices among hospitals in Jimma Zone.
Local health systems research (HSR) provides policymakers and practitioners with contextual, evidence-based solutions to health problems. However, producers and users of HSR rarely understand the complexities of the context within which each operates, leading to the "know-do" gap. Universities are well placed to conduct knowledge translation (KT) integrating research production with uptake. The HEALTH Alliance Africa Hub, a consortium of seven schools of public health (SPHs) in East and Central Africa, was formed to build capacity in HSR. This paper presents information on the capacity of the various SPHs to conduct KT activities.
Despite significant investments in health systems research (HSR) capacity development, there is a dearth of information regarding how to assess HSR capacity. An alliance of schools of public health (SPHs) in East and Central Africa developed a tool for the self-assessment of HSR capacity with the aim of producing institutional capacity development plans.
The role of health systems research (HSR) in informing and guiding national programs and policies has been increasingly recognized. Yet, many universities in sub-Saharan African countries have relatively limited capacity to teach HSR. Seven schools of public health (SPHs) in East and Central Africa undertook an HSR institutional capacity assessment, which included a review of current HSR teaching programs. This study determines the extent to which SPHs are engaged in teaching HSR-relevant courses and assessing their capacities to effectively design and implement HSR curricula whose graduates are equipped to address HSR needs while helping to strengthen public health policy.
Despite its importance in providing evidence for health-related policy and decision-making, an insufficient amount of health systems research (HSR) is conducted in low-income countries (LICs). Schools of public health (SPHs) are key stakeholders in HSR. This paper, one in a series of four, examines human and financial resources capacities, policies and organizational support for HSR in seven Africa Hub SPHs in East and Central Africa.