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The Planning for Success Initiative was developed by UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, WHO and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) with the aim to strengthen the skills of biomedical researchers in developing countries in the organization and management of research projects so as to achieve effective implementation and successful collaboration.

During the period July 22 - 31, 2014, the Planning for Success Initiative exhibited important dissemination activity in Central America. The dissemination took place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and involved other Central American countries, including El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala.  Two courses on "Effective Project Planning and Evaluation in Biomedical Research" were organized and supported by the Unidad de Investigación Científica (UIC), Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (FCM UNAH), in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in collaboration with CIDEIM (Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas), Cali, Colombia, a TDR Regional Training Center. A skill building course (SBC) was carried out on July 22-25, with the participation of five three-member groups:

  1. Nurse School FCM UNAH
  2. Clinical Postgraduate Programs FCM UNAH
  3. Public Health Master Program (POSAP) FCM UNAH
  4. Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS), Ministerio de Salud, El Salvador
  5. Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (INCIENSA), Costa Rica.

The following week, a train-the-trainer (TTT) was carried out on July 28-31, with the participation of five professionals, previously trained in Honduras in 2013, two from Nurse School, one from UIC, FCM UNAH; and two from Centro de Estudios de Salud, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala. In order for these courses to be successful, other parties, in addition to the participants´ home institutions, also played a role by supporting the course, including El Salvador and Honduras Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization Representatives.

During the courses assessment, participants expressed their satisfaction with the courses content and showed interest to use the skills on their daily work and also transfer the process/knowledge to their teams. It is expected that the additional trainees and trainers will contribute to the process of a sustainable integration of the Planning for Success Initiative into the different institutions in the sub region increasing their competitiveness in accessing available funding.