Jimma University in collaboration with Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) has conducted a one day workshop on dissemination of the research findings and a new Ph.D. curriculum review. The aim of this workshop is to disseminate the research outputs from two research projects to relevant stakeholders, including research evidence producers and policy makers from, research institutions, universities, professional associations in health, and Federal ministry of health, regional health bureau, international NGOs and other collaborators as Professor Morankar Sudhakar, addressed in his welcoming speech.
Dr.Tesfaye Gebeyehu, V/President for research and community services of Jimma University, in his opening remark stated that sharing research findings to stakeholders will help policy makers in making evidence based decisions to advance the health care system. He also stated, the proposed Ph.D. Curriculum namely; Ph.D. in Evidence-Based Health Care is believed to be a new of its kind program in Africa, and it is believed to play a significant role in closing the existing gap (i.e. poor evidence translations and utilization in the health system) by synthesizing and translating research evidence into policy and practice.
The drafted Ph.D. curriculum on Evidence-Based Health Care was presented by Dr. Zewdie Birhanu. In his presentation, he mentioned the importance of this proposed Ph.D. Curriculum in transforming the research and policy environment of our country. Dr. Zewdie stated that the proposed curriculum intends to train high caliber scientists who can play a substantial role to bridge the gap between researchers, policy makers and implementers.
The reviewers also pointed out the potential contributions of this PhD program in addressing the knowledge gap in the Health care system by encouraging Evidence based decisions, and they also provided important inputs for further improvement of the curriculum.
In this workshop, two research project reports were also presented, one on Innovating Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA), and the other on Institutional Capacity for Generations and Utilization of Research Evidence in Ethiopia.
The culture of sharing research output to relevant stakeholders and to the community needs further improvement, as some researcher’s focus on publication only and results left on shelf without reaching its end users.
On this workshop, including V/President for Research and Community Services of JU,Federal Ministry of Health delegate, Scholars from JU, Collaborators from EPHI,Universities, Professionals Research Association, and International Research and Implementation Research Organizations were participated.