Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

Govt launches programme to revamp sector, The Herald, Zimbabwe, 17 August 2011

Saturday, 01 Oct 2011

Government has launched a research programme aimed at revamping the country’s health sector. 

Officially launching the six-year ReBUILD research programme in Harare yesterday, Health and Child Welfare Deputy minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said research was vital to any functional health system. 

“In order to rebuild the health system and raise it to the level of optimisation and maximise our advantage there is a need for a strong capacity problem driven research. 

“It is now time to retake our place in the human resource for health production,” said the Deputy Minister. 

Zimbabwe, the Deputy Minister added, was leading the Southern region in the establishment of statutory bodies that enable the creation and functioning of institutions that carry legal and public mandate to oversee the delivery of health services. 

“Despite the decade of economic hardships, the country boasts of a long and proud history of the health system. It is not bragging to say that we lead in the region in the health delivery system. 

“We train high quality entry level and post graduate professionals. Our internship model is now above the standard and neighbouring countries are looking for ways to adopt our strategies,” said the Deputy Minister. 

The Deputy Minister highlighted the importance of policy change that is driven by transparent and accurate research findings. 

The United Kingdom Department for International Development and Biomedical Research and Training Institute are partners in the programme that started in February this year and will run for the next six-years. 

The programme chairperson Mr Alec Cumming said other countries like Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda would benefit from the US$10 million programme. 

“One and a half million has been held back for affiliation to encourage different countries to take part in the implementation of pro poor health systems in countries recovering from political and social crisis. 

Health system research has tended to ignore post conflict settings because it is often difficult to carry out research in unstable environments but it is important to know the effectiveness of different approaches,” said Mr Cumming.Read More