The aim of the workshop was to strengthen capacity within the GHS for implementation research to identify and address country-specific health system needs for effective access to and delivery of new health technologies.
A one day sensitization workshop was held on Monday 18th September, 2017 at the KHRC conference hall among some policy makers and policy implementers in the health services prior to the 5 day workshop. This brought together Dr Akosua Gyasi, Case Management Focal Person from the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), the Deputy Director for Public Health for the Brong Ahafo Region Dr O.K Afreh, the Director for College of Health and Well-being Prof. Ahmed Adu-Oppong, Municipal and District directors of Health Services from Kintampo North Municipality and South District, Nkoranza North and South Districts, Techiman North District and South Municipality.
Facilitating the workshops were Dr Tuoyo Okorosobo and Dr Olumide Ogundahunsi from WHO/TDR, Dr Abraham Hodgson Director RDD, Prof. Seth Owusuâ€“Agyei, Director of Institute of Health Research (IHR) UHAS, Prof Margaret Gyapong Director, Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research (UHAS) and Dr Kwaku Poku Asante, acting Director of KHRC.
The workshop provided an overview of some studies carried out with interesting research findings. Participants were taken through the various stages of Implementation Research and at the end of the workshop the stakeholders came up with Implementation Research needs in their areas of work. This set the pace for the 5 day training which included personnel from the three regions (Regional research Coordinators, Regional Focal persons for Malaria, NTDs, TB and HIV)
The 5 day proposal writing Implementation Research workshop brought together Regional tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and NTD focal persons as well as regional research coordinators from Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Ashanti regions, some tutors from College of Health and Well-being and researchers from KHRC.
At the end of the period, each of the three regions developed a draft proposal based on the need in their region that would be carried out through Implementation Research. These proposals were in the area of malaria, tuberculosis and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD). Inputs were made by facilitators and other participants to improve the various proposals.