Due to time constraints and competing priorities, researchers and policymakers often fail to effectively communicate and share knowledge with each other. The chasm created between these key stakeholders means that lifesaving health care solutions aren’t implemented as quickly as they should be.
Since 2012, Dignitas International has been working to bridge this gap with Malawi’s first Knowledge Translation Platform (KTPMalawi). KTPMalawi aims to translate lifesaving research into quality health policy and practical improvements in health care. This platform brings together a variety of professionals – health care providers, researchers and policymakers – from across the country and internationally. With ongoing training and routine dialogue, it is expected that research evidence will translate into sound health care decisions.
Together, KTPMalawi stakeholders have selected two key focus areas with great potential to improve patient outcomes and the calibre of health care in Malawi: non-communicable diseases and supply chain management. Participants are now developing concrete policy recommendations that will build a stronger health system and ultimately improve patient health.
In keeping with Dignitas’s commitment to sustainability, Dignitas has partnered with the Malawi government in forming the KTP. In the future, the KTP will be managed by the Ministry of Health and will be able to operate without external support. To learn more, visit KTPMalawi.org