Long-term plan in research capacity building in reproductive health for Tajikistan
On 28–29 February 2012, Tajikistan held a workshop seminar for 25 health care specialists from the Scientific Research Institute of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology (SRIOGP) of the Republic of Tajikistan The aim was to develop a long-term plan of five years to improve the quality of research in reproductive health in the Republic of Tajikistan. One of the mechanisms used by WHO to enhance the research capacity is the award of a grant for a long-term institutional development (LID). This will include the technical support provided by WHO in the field of development of the human resources needed for research and strengthening of other resources.
During the seminar, the WHO representative highlighted that “Improving reproductive health and strengthening the health systems should be done through evidence-based policy grounded on research. The accuracy in providing data and conducting operations research are the core values in the effectiveness of reproductive health and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). WHO, in partnership with the SRIOGP and the Ministry of Health will continue to work in this direction to improve reproductive health”.
Outcomes of the workshop
During the two-day workshop, the participants familiarized themselves with the research in reproductive health, capacity building of health care professionals and strengthening of other resources of the health system and possible contribution of the SRIOGP.
The views and thoughts of the participants during the working sessions of the workshop showed a willingness to actively participate in further work, and continue to maintain a long-term work in the field of reproductive health research. The following long-term objectives were agreed upon:
- Complete high quality research projects on national reproductive health priorities
- Establish mechanisms to facilitate the translation of research results into policies and programs
- Strengthen the research capacity of the staff, especially in operations research and epidemiological research in reproductive health
- Increase the number of publications in international peer reviewed journals
- Create and strengthen linkages to research institutions and individual researchers at regional and global levels
The workshop was held with the support of WHO (Development and research training in human reproduction (HRP) of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of WHO Headquarters and WHO Regional Office for Europe), UNDP, UNFPA and the World Bank Special Programme on Research,. The staff of WHO/HQ, WHO/Europe, and a representative of the Lithuanian University of Medical Sciences assisted local experts and specialists of SRIOGP.
The WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research and the WHO Regional Office for Europe will continue to strengthen the research capacity of the specialists of Scientific Research Institute of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology in the field of reproductive health. The next event, an Operations Research training course, will be held in May 2012.