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Directing Council (September 2009) approves PAHO's Policy on Research for Health

The 49th Directing Council approved with a strong show of support from Member States PAHO's Regional Policy on Research for Health. This becomes the first regional policy on research for health to be endorsed by Member States and offers a strategic approach to strengthen research governance and aspects such as knowledge translation.  

The policy was developed taking into consideration the international community appeals for a strategic approach to improve research governance and stewardship, and strengthen essential public health functions. It is in this spirit that PAHO will work to harmonize, align, and facilitate the implementation of major global research strategies in the Region of the Americas, including WHO's Strategy on Research for Health and the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property.

Comments about the policy should be submitted through PAHO's research focal points in Member States with electronic copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Latin American Conferences on Research for Health and Innovation

Follow up meeting to the 1st Latin American Conference on Research for Health and Innovation. Cuba 2009

This report summarizes the opinions of researchers and academics, authorities from the Ministries of Health and representatives of foundations and international organizations about recommendations for the design, development and/or strengthening of National Health Research Systems. Moreover, it provides updates on recent developments since the conference in Río de Janeiro in 2008 and summarizes presentations held during the follow up meeting in Cuba.

1st Latin American Conference on Research for Health and Innovation

This meeting, the first of its kind, brought together a broad range of people and organizations with an interest in health research and health research systems. Conference website, Report and documentsRelated article Rev Med Hondur 2008; 76:88-93

Active ImageThe Americas Contribution to the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health in Bamako. Presented to the 48th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization(PAHO/WHO). Washington, DC. USA, 1 October 2008. Also available in [French] [Spanish] [Portuguese]

Bamako 2008:  Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health.

The Bamako Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health drew attention to the challenges that low and middle income countries face to develop a coherent approach to research priority setting and governance of health research. More than 1100 participants from 96 countries gathered to ask questions, share information, and formulate an agenda for "Strengthening Research for Health, Development and Equity." Delegations from the ministries of health, education, science and technology and key players appeared to accept a paradigm shift that extends "health research" to embrace all sectors that contribute to "research for health". 

Bamako call to action to  strengthen research for health, development and equity.

Ministerial Forum on Health Research, Mexico

The Forum called for a strengthening of national health research systems and for countries to commit to devote at least 2% of the public health budget to research, knowledge translation and clinical trials registration, transparency and accountability.

WHO strategy on research for health

A talk by Rob Terry: WHO Strategy on Research for Health

WHO Research for Health Strategy approved by the 63rd World Health

May 2010 saw the first organization-wide strategy on research approved by the World Health Assembly. Research for Health - defines a common framework for how research is approached in WHO and the role WHO is taking in global health research.The strategy has five main Goals:

Capacity - building capacity to strengthen health research systems.
Priorities - supporting the setting of research priorities that meet health needs particularly in low and middle income countries.
Standards - creating an environment to create good research practice and enable the greater sharing of research evidence, tools and materials.
Translation - ensuring quality evidence is turned into products and policy.
Organization - action to strengthen the research culture within WHO and improve the management and coordination of WHO research activities.

Further information can be found at:

Resolution WHA63R21 of the World Health Assembly on WHO's Role and Responsibilities in Health Research

The strategy on research for health (final) approved by the World Health Assembly on 21 May 2010. The draft of the strategy can be found here

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