Capacity building in operational research in reproductive health in countries of eastern and central Europe

Skirmante Sauliune

Representatives of 17 countries of WHO European Region discussed their experience in using knowledge and skills in operational research for further improvement of reproductive health during the WHO meeting “Capacity building in operational research in reproductive health in countries of eastern and central Europe” organized in Kaunas, Lithuania, 18-19 November.

Research Center in Human Reproduction established in 2012 in Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is lead by Professor Ruta Nadishauskiene and unites public health specialists and obstetricians and gynaecologists who are interested in implementation research.  Since 2008 specialists of this center have been facilitating capacity building in operational research in reproductive health of policy makers and researchers from countries of eastern and central Europe. WHO meeting was organized to evaluate the impact of the training and discuss possibilities for further improvement. As defined in the Programme Budget 2014-2015 approved by WHA66 in 2013 promoting good health at key-stages of life is impossible without undertaking research and generating evidence to design key interventions in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, and other conditions and issues linked to it that will help ministries of health to choose the most effective interventions.

Concrete recommendations have been developed by participants to ensure that capacity building in implementations research in strengthened and innovative methods used.  Full report of the meeting will be available in early 2014.