Third workshop of the Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT)
From 19–26 September 2015, the third workshop of the Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT) central Asia course was conducted in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The course was led by WHO/Europe with support from the WHO Country Office, Kazakhstan. The first two workshops took place July last year in Astana, Kazakhstan. The central Asia course included participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The manuscripts will be submitted for peer-review to Public Health Panorama and accepted papers will be published in a forthcoming supplement of the journal in early 2016. A previous eastern European course was also completed in Tallinn, Estonia (2013-2014), and all articles were published in a special issue of 'Public Health Action'.
The research course comprises three workshops spanning a one-year period during which participants work through the entire cycle of an operational research study from protocol development (workshop 1), to data analysis (workshop 2) and finally returning to write up the study into a manuscript (workshop 3). These workshops aim to build the capacity of tuberculosis (TB) programmes to perform operational research in order to inform policy and practice to improve TB care and control.
SORT IT is a collaboration between WHO Regional Office for Europe together with WHO-TDR, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (the Union) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).