Supporting the Use of Research Evidence (SURE) for Policy in African Health Systems
SURE is a collaborative project that builds on and supports the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) in Africa and the Regional East African Community Health (REACH) Policy Initiative. The project involves teams of researchers and policymakers in 11 African countries, namely; Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Centrafrique, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zambia. SURE is supported by Northern research teams in Norway, Sweden and Canada and is funded by the European Commission├ö├ç├ûs 7th Framework Programme.
The SURE project supports the improvement of health policy in Low and Middle-Income countries by developing, piloting and evaluating strategies designed to strengthen access to and use of relevant research synthesis in policy making.
- Production of evidence briefs for policy to address priority policy questions, e.g, ├ö├ç├┐Task Shifting for maternal and child health care├ö├ç├û, ├ö├ç├┐Increasing Access to Skilled Birth Attendance├ö├ç├û
- Organizing policy dialogues that are informed by the evidence briefs
- A rapid response service for short-term policymaker needs for research evidence that has so far produced 25 reports.
- A clearing house for health policy and systems research
- Capacity building for researchers, policy makers and civil society in developing and implementing evidence-informed health policies.