PIH/IMB at the forefront of organizing Rwanda's very first Health Research and Policy day in partnership with Rwanda Biomedical Center
PIH/IMB believes that the key to creating successful health interventions is measuring and analyzing their impact.
In over 10 years working in Rwanda, PIH/IMB’s research team has partnered with the Ministry of Health in developing the Health Research field in Rwanda. The research team develops rigorous studies in these programs in order to measure their impact and look for methods to further improve patient outcomes. Additionally, they support Rwandan clinicians with ideas but not the technical expertise to publish research papers.
In this line of thought, PIH/IMB was at the forefront of organizing Rwanda's very first Health Research and Policy day in partnership with Rwanda Biomedical Center, Clinton Health Access Initiative and others, under the theme "Evidence for Health: Bridging the gap between Research and Policy"
The day united over 400 researchers, academics, health experts, and policy makers from across Africa and United States of America for a conference which was held at Marriott Hotel in Kigali on the 24 of August 2018.
The conference was tasked with seeking a way to harmonize research with policy and decision making. “In this era of the Sustainable Development Goals, evidence-based health care is driven by the population data to figure out the best treatments for various illnesses. We must have evidence, and we need the right kind of evidence,” Jeanine Condo, Rwanda’s Biomedical Center’s director general asserted.
The conference also featured presentations of research findings on maternal health, malnutrition among children under five, hepatitis, drug abuse, HIV, tuberculosis, among others. Theoneste Nkurunziza, health research manager and Frederick Kateera, head of research at IMB were among those, as they presented a research paper they coauthored on the prevalence and predictors of surgical site infections as per Caesarian sections in a rural hospital in Rwanda. One of the key messages pointed o out how Mobile Technology can help to quicken the identification of the virus hence fast referral.
This conference marked the first year of an annual celebration of the Health research and Policy day as decided upon by the Rwandan government.