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Challenges in linking health research to policy: a commentary on developing a multi-stakeholder response to orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana

By 17 June 2011

In this paper, the authors, share thier own experience of researching orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) to illustrate how the Research and Development Division (RDD) in Ghana has used an intersectoral approach to engagement with HIV policy actors. The Research and Development Division has a unique position as a research agency being located within the Ghana Health Service of the  Ghana Ministry of Health; it was set up in 1990 to provide evidence for policy formulation and support for programme implementation because at that time academic research in Ghana was not perceived to be meeting the needs of the health care delivery system. Since inception of the RDD the close involvement of policy makers and programme persons in research has become more prominent.

Title: Challenges in linking health research to policy: a commentary on developing a multi-stakeholder response to orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana Author: John Gyapong, Richmond Selby, Kwadwo Anakwah Year: 2011