In March 2013, Makerere University College of Health Sciences received funding support from the International Development Research Centre, Canada, to establish the Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation. The Principal Investigator for the Africa Centre is Prof. Nelson K. Sewankambo, the Principal of the College. The aim of the Africa Centre is to build capacity for knowledge translation for health policy in Uganda and East Africa.
Vision of the Africa Centre: A leading centre of excellence in evidence synthesis and knowledge translation for health policy in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mission of the Africa Centre: To transform Uganda and the East African region into an environment that is driven by evidence informed health policy and action and one that is self-reliant in capacity for evidence synthesis and knowledge translation.
Project Goal: Building sustainable capacity for conducting and using systematic reviews and develop a novel Rapid Response Mechanism for responding to urgent policy makers needs for synthesized evidence.
Objective 1: Building capacity for conducting and utilizing systematic reviews among researchers, health professionals and health policy and decision makers in Uganda.
Objective 2: Conducting high quality systematic reviews in the priority areas of Millennium Development Goals 4 (child health) or 5 (maternal health) and or 6 (infectious or non-communicable diseases) and Health Systems Strengthening, relevant to sub-Saharan Africa.
Objective 3: Disseminating products of evidence synthesis and facilitating interaction between researchers and policy makers in Uganda to prioritize plan and deliberate on research evidence from systematic reviews.
Objective 4: Assessing the extent to which existing published systematic reviews are informative and helpful in answering urgent policy makers’ needs (questions) handled by Rapid Response Mechanisms in the four study countries.
Objective 5: Planning for a systematic evaluation of the Rapid Response Mechanism in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia and Cameroon.
Objective 6: Establish the Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.
Project duration: 36 months.