Promoting Evidence-Informed Health Policy in Malawi

research-context Context

Globally and within Malawi, there is often a disconnect between the work of policymakers, researchers and frontline clinicians. Without institutionalized exchange and collaboration, researchers are often unable to meet the needs of policymakers, who in turn miss key opportunities to use research evidence and best practices in policy decisions.  A 2005 World Health Assembly resolution called on the World Health Organization and member states “to establish mechanisms to transfer knowledge in support of evidence-based public health and health care delivery systems, and evidence-based health related policies”.

In response, Malawi, through the Ministry of Health (MoH) and with the support of Dignitas International (DI), has established a Knowledge Translation Platform (KTPMalawi). By introducing a coordinated approach to the generation and utilization of health research, KTPMalawi enables policymakers and researchers to discuss essential upstream research and utilize timely local and international evidence in policy discussions.

research-aim Aim

The aim of KTPMalawi is to improve research dialogue on high-priority health policy issues by creating Communities of Practice (CoPs) that bring together policymakers and researchers in developing evidence briefs for policy based on emerging research within a specific content area. To date, CoPs have been formed to improve the care for patients with the duel burden of HIV and hypertension and to improve Malawi’s drug supply chain. In the coming months, each CoP will use their evidence brief to convene high-level policy dialogues that promise to improve the use of local and global research evidence in health policymaking.


research-timeline Timeline

July 2013 – ongoing

research-partnerships Partnerships

Funders: International Development Research Centre (Canada), the United States Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, Malawi’s National Commission for Science and Technology
Partners: Malawi Ministry of Health, University of Malawi – College of Medicine, the African Institute for Development Policy, Zambian Forum for Health Research, WHO’s Evidence Informed Health Policy Network

research-team Study Team

Dr. Damson Kathyola
Co-Principal Investigator, Malawi Ministry of Health

Josh Berman
Co-Principal Investigator, Dignitas International

Dr. Collins Mitambo
Co-Investigator, Malawi Ministry of Health

Vanessa Van Schoor
Co-Investigator, Dignitas International

Getrude Chindebvu
Co-Investigator, Dignitas International

Kenneth Phiri
Co-Investigator, Dignitas International

research-info Contact

For more info, please email Josh Berman at j.berman@dignitasinternational.org.

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