Health researchers in Malawi will from this year to 2016 be using new roadmap christened the National Health Research Agenda which was disseminated to various stakeholders in Blantyre on Friday as reported by the press.
On Monday the Daily Times newspaper reported that rxperts in the field of health research including District Health Officials and academic institutions gathered at Hotel Victoria to be appraised on the document which will guide issues of research in matters of health for the next five years.
Secretary for Health Paul Chiunguzeni said the document will ensure that matters of health research are coordinated in the country as it highlights key priority areas in the sector.
“Many people mainly associate research to other sectors like agriculture but the coming in of this document will help health sector to focus on particular areas when it comes to health research. Among other areas the document prioritizes research in communicable diseases such as malaria and HIV/Aids,” he said as quoted by The Daily Times.
He added that his ministry is trying to put resources together in order to make the sector a vibrant one midst financial and human resource challenges.
“The most important thing is that this document enables all stakeholders in the area be it from public to nongovernmental organisations to have a common approach when it comes to health research,” he said.
Programme Manager for Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative Matilda Chithila Munthali said the gathering was an opportunity for stakeholders to appreciate the initiatives being taken to streamline activities in the area.
“We invited participants from the whole southern region in order to communicate about the new research agenda document. There has been a lot of research taking place in the area already but now we want to align all these to the document. Nowadays, there are lots of diseases which need research even non communicable ones like cancer and cardiovascular ailments,” she said