The Public Health Africa Research into Policy Programme aims to facilitate the translation of research evidence into policy and practice in Africa.
This new programme launched in late 2016 builds on existing Cambridge University partners’ research programmes and initiatives in Africa, including Cambridge-Africa, PublicHealth@Cambridge network, the Cambridge Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health, and Addenbrooke’s Abroad. It works synergistically with these partners, complementing efforts towards sustainable public health solutions across the continent. Through robust collaborative partnerships with African governments, policy institutions and leading experts, the Programme is creating an enabling platform that will serves as a “nexus” to strengthen translational capabilities for better health policies and outcomes in Africa.
The Programme prioritises the region’s intellectual assets (knowledge and practices) with global opportunities and resources in order to provide in-depth exploration, debate and analysis of relevant and appropriate public health policy options to support the best decision-making for current and future populations. The ultimate aim is to present policymakers with evidence-based recommendations on relevant policy options. The programme facilitates the translation of knowledge and evidence into policy via direct placements and the exposure of specialists to relevant policy environments and leadership, such as the Ministries and Ministers of Health in Africa.
Focus is being placed on sustainable public health policy options, and broadly interrelated to the themes of sustainable health systems – workforce (training, R&D), service delivery, financing, and leadership. Whilst the goal of the Programme is to produce policy options with optimal population impact across Africa, specific policy objectives for individual countries or sub-regions may be appropriate.
Our current activities include:
- Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research to Policy and Practice in West Africa: We are partnering with West African Public Health institutions on the development of a multi-country and multi-centre collaborative programme, the aim of which is to promote AMR into Policy and practice.
- Information for Action: We are collaborating with health stakeholders in Nigeria including the Ministry of Health in the development of the Nigerian Public Health Observatory: – a platform for harmonizing existing capacities, competencies, infrastructure, and human capital for early detection and prevention of future potential epidemic outbreaks in Nigeria
The Public Health Africa Research to Policy Programme is co-led by Professor Aliko Ahmed, Senior Fellow at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health and Centre Director, PHE East of England, and Dr Ros Parkes-Ratanshi, Lecturer in Public Health at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health and Director of the Ugandan Academy for Health Innovation and Impact. It is a Cambridge Institute of Public Health programme.