SURE - Supporting the Use of Research Evidence for Policy in African Health Systems


2009 - 2013


Universal and equitable access to health care, health related MDGs and other national health goals are unlikely to be achieved without evidence-informed health policies and actions. Unfortunately, health policies are often not well informed and poorly informed decision-making is one of the reasons why high quality services fail to reach those in need. Problems include production and accessibility of relevant research as well as the use of existing evidence by policymakers


To improve decisions about health systems in Africa by improving policymakers access to and use of research evidence that is relevant, reliable, accessible and timely. To develop capacity for evidence informed health policy.


Coordinated by Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services the consortium works with Research syntheses (Task shifting; Improving governance for district development; Reducing maternal mortality; Human resource capacity building for malaria elimination; Motivation and retention of health staff) . Other elements include User friendly formats for policy briefs and clearing houses, and Rapid response mechanisms, Dialogues and Evaluation. The consortium includes Makerere University (Uganda), MoH (Cameroon), MoH (Burkina Faso), University de Bangui (Central African Republic), Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique), Zambia Forum for Health research, McMaster University (Canada), WHO, Karolinska Institutet.

Preliminary results

A set of research syntheses has been developed (see website) and will be used to test user friendly formats and deliberate forums with researchers, policymakers and civil society.


Contact person

Professor, senior

Göran Tomson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 833 59
Organizational unit: MMC/HEPM

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