Applying knowledge and generating evidence to increase the impact of vector control in Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Malawi – Burkina Faso

Chikondi Andrew Mwendera, Themba Mzilahowa, Flobert Njiokou, Sagnon N’falé, Jessica Amegee Quach, Edward Thomsen, Roch Dabire, Hilary Ranson, Nurudeen Alhassan, Rose Oronje, Eve Worrall

ABSTRACT

Lack of context-specific evidence and inadequate use of evidence for decision-making contribute to poor health. This article reports on our work to bridge the knowledge translation (KT) gap between evidence generators and users. We present our experiences of strengthening KT through Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) alongside increasing evidence generation through fellowships and operational research. Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) impose considerable health and economic burdens in sub-Saharan Africa, although they can be prevented through vector control. The Partnership for Scaling Up the Impact of Vector Control aimed to reduce the burden of VBDs in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Malawi and regionally and globally. TAGs can promote the use of evidence in policy and practice by involving relevant stakeholders in research and policy processes. TAGs and related activities are best facilitated by a coordinator with research and policy skills. Contextual factors are expected to influence the design and governance of TAGs, which will likely evolve over time. Relevant national stakeholders should be included in the TAGs and be actively involved in the development of research agendas to increase the relevance and acceptability of research results for decision-making. Countries present three different contexts with longer-term research and evaluation needed to draw lessons on impact

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