The UNDP/WHO-TDR/PATH Access and Delivery Partnership in collaboration with the Research and Development Division (RDD) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Dodowa Health Research Centre (DHRC) organized a one week workshop on Implementation Research (IR) for proposal development. The workshop targeted program officers from the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), YAWS, Malaria Control and TB Programs all within the Ghana Health Service. Also involved were the policy makers, key players of the Regional Training Centre (RTC) for the African Region in the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon. There were twelve (12) participants in all, three (3) from each program.

WHO-UNDP-MainThe purpose of the workshop was to strengthen capacity within the Ghana Health Service to identify and address country-specific health system for the needs of effective access and delivery of the new health interventions and technologies. Participants were grouped according to their programs and facilitators took turns to meet the groups to help them come up with a well refined research proposal to address the bottlenecks in the various programs.

Stakeholders were invited from various organizations to witness the final presentation by the groups on the day 5 of the workshop. The invited guests shared their views and made comments/inputs on the presentations as well as the workshop.

At the end of the workshop, both participants and facilitators were impressed about the progress made on the new skills they have gained within the few days on Implementation Research (IR).