2008 Algiers Ministerial Conference on Research for Health in the African Region
Narrowing the knowledge gap for Africa's health
23-26, June 2008
Sponsoring organisations: Regional Committee of the WHO for Africa, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Government of Algeria , the Rockefeller Foundation and the Wellcome Trust through the Bamako 2008 Secretariat, on behalf of the six partners co-organising the Bamako 2008 Global Ministerial Forum: the Council on Health research for Development (COHRED), the Global Forum for Health research, the Republic of Mali, UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO)
The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) through its supported web platform for sharing knowledge (TropIKA.net) has developed a new initiative designed to enhance preparation, participation and contributions of stakeholders at large health fora. The initiative referred to as a 'Knowledge hub' provides enhanced access to comprehensive summaries of technical information currently available on agenda topics and facilitates dialogue among participants before the meetings. It also facilitates real time contributions by stakeholders not attending the meetings.
The TropIKA.net and the communications team of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in collaboration with UNESCO/MoST is using the 'knowledge hub' to provide a structured approach to knowledge management and sharing both at the 2008 Algiers Ministerial Conference on Research for Health in the African Region and for follow up activities leading to the Bamako meeting.
WHO/AFRO web site for Algiers 2008
Post-meeting Analyses and Commentaries
30 Jun 2008
Will promised actions materialise or will another declaration ‘gather dust’?
An editorial by Paul Chinnock, Editor-in-Chief, TropIKA.net
26 Jun 2008
The presence of the National Institutes of Health at the formal session of Ministers who gathered to review and adopt the Algiers Declaration on the final day today was the clearest sign yet that the Algiers meeting has the world’s attention.
25 Jun 2008
So far, the conference has tackled the important question of how to boost the amount of health research done in Africa and how to direct that research. Today dealt with what is arguably an even more important question – how can health research feed into health policy?
24 Jun 2008
The opening plenary of Day 2 focused on financial flows and funding of national health systems.
23 Jun 2008
The opening ceremony of the Ministerial Conference on Research for Health in the African Region was characterised by an appeal for delegates to use all their efforts to do research in Africa, for Africa.
The Algiers Declaration
Ministerial Conference on Research for Health in the African Region, Algiers, 23–26 June 2008 (English)
Conférence ministérielle sur la recherche pour la santé dans la région africaine, Alger, 23 – 26 juin 2008 (Français)
Declaração de Argel
Conferência Ministerial Sobre Investigação Para A Saúde Na Região Africana, Argel, 23 – 26 de Junho de 2008 (Português)
30 Jun 2008
“Publish or perish” is a dilemma that scientists in the developing world are only too familiar with. Often, language barriers and little training in how to write grant proposals or science papers means that despite thousands scrambling every day to get into major international journals like The Lancet, Nature and Science, only a tiny percentage [...]
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Profile: Hannah Akuffo
“The onus is on African countries to be clear about where they want to go in terms of research directions,” says Hannah Akuffo.