Tuesday, January 3, 2012

[EQ] Case studies address global health research, partnerships, equity

Case studies address global health research, partnerships, equity

Edited by Zoë Boutilier, Ibrahim Daibes and Erica Di Ruggiero
BMC International Health and Human Rights - Volume 11 Supplement 2 – November 2011

Available free online at: http://bit.ly/x5yRI7

Sustainable partnerships. Community engagement. Impact on health policy and practice. These are among the common themes in a collection of 10 case studies showcasing effective global health research.


The special issue is an initiative supported by Canada's Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI).


The collection provides practical, transferable lessons for research partnerships working to address health inequities. 


“…….The papers in this important collection reflect a mature and confident way of doing global health research which is anything but business-as-usual. In the context of increasing competition for individual or institutional “leadership” of the field (and business) of global health, these contributors instead speak of active and sustained collaboration -- listening, responsiveness, flexibility, willingness and capacity to follow as well as to lead -- in learning what to transform or sustain, and how, in order to move towards greater equity in both health and health research.


Each paper and the collection as a whole is an important contribution to the evidence base for a range of issues from maternal health, HIV and access to services, to chronic disease, health system strengthening, occupational health, ecosystemic approaches to health, and social inclusion, exclusion, and neglect. In addition, they challenge conventional models of research focused on narrowly defined research questions and a narrow range of pre-specified research methods, documenting instead how both the research questions and the methods most appropriate to address them change over time.


Finally, they challenge both the idea of “pure” science undertaken by independent researchers on behalf of science and specific communities, and the conventional wisdom that North-South and research-research user-community partnerships are necessarily either North and researcher-driven, or scientifically dubious. The papers are, on the whole, circumspect in their claims, and honest about the limitations and frustrations facing research-based teams seeking to challenge or transform entrenched socio-political hierarchies and inequities…..”


The collection is available free online.  

·         Global health research, partnership, and equity: no more business-as-usual.

·         Global health research case studies: lessons from partnerships addressing health inequities.

·         Reducing inequalities in health and access to health care in a rural Indian community: an India-Canada collaborative action research project.

·         Maternal deaths in Pakistan: intersection of gender, caste, and social exclusion.

·         Establishing a community of practice of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and communities to sustainably manage environmental health risks in Ecuador. (Available in Spanish)

·         An agriculture and health inter-sectorial research process to reduce hazardous pesticide health impacts among smallholder farmers in the Andes.

·         Strengthening integrated research and capacity development within the Caribbean region.

·         Collaboration between infection control and occupational health in three continents: A success story with international impact.

·         Challenges of scaling up and of knowledge transfer in an action research project in Burkina Faso to exempt the worst-off from health care user fees.

·         Partnership Research on Nutrition Transition and Chronic Diseases in West Africa – Trends, Outcomes and Impacts.

·         Evaluating a streamlined clinical tool and educational outreach intervention for health care workers in Malawi: The PALM PLUS case study.

·         Comparing antiretroviral treatment outcomes between a prospective community-based and hospital-based cohort of HIV patients in rural Uganda.

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