Evidence-informed policy-making

Launch of national policy dialogue on Noma in Burkina Faso in 2014

National policy dialogue will help reconsider noma disease in the context of the resolution adopted in March 2012 by the Human Rights Council that recognizes noma as an emblematic illness, as a marker of extreme poverty thus establishing the link between severe malnutrition and childhood diseases. Noma reveals serious breaches of the functioning of a country in terms of severe malnutrition, social inequalities, non-access or restricted access to the food, drinking water, health care and education. Any action aiming at improving these dysfunctions affecting mostly the poorest populations will be an effective action of prevention in the fight against the noma.

New evidence briefs for policy on improving health care financing, health extension programme, skilled birth attendance and knowledge translation

Ethiopia and Uganda have produced in 2014 new evidence briefs for policy on improving health care financing, health extension programme, skilled birth attendance and knowledge translation

From scientific evidence to action at the district level in Burkina Faso

Using EVIPNet tools, the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso implemented evidence-informed policy options on improving the use of Artemisinin Combined Therapies (ACTs) for malaria treatment. The evidence-brief was developed by the Burkina Faso EVIPNet team and reviewed by participants of a ground-breaking policy dialogue that incorporated the country experience. An operational research used ethnographic rapid assessment methods to evaluate the implementation of the policy options at three Burkinabé districts.

6th Supporting the Use of Research Evidence for Policy in African Health Systems (SURE) meeting

From 10 to 14 March 2014, the last SURE annual meeting held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and hosted by the Ministry of Health. The Secretariat of the Ministry of health welcomed SURE/EVIPNet teams with Andy Oxman, the coordinator of SURE Project and Salimata KI, coordinator of SURE Burkina Faso project . The Secretariat of the Ministry of Health underlined the importance of the use of evidence in policy-making through the development of tools, which are currently used worldwide and the mutual benefit with the exchange and collaboration between the different African teams.

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