A Policy on Research for Health (CD49/10) has been approved for implementation in PAHO (Member States and the Pan American Sanitary Bureau) by the 2009 49th Directing Council of PAHO/WHO. This policy aims for PAHO to remains true to being a knowledge-based organization, that strong and sustainable national health research systems are found in every country in the Americas, and that research evidence constitutes a cornerstone of all activities aimed at attaining the highest level of health and equity. To achieve these aims the Secretariat at the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, Member States and partners will need to work together to harness science, technology, innovation and broader knowledge.


PAHO Abridged policy in other languages: pdf Español  |  pdf Français  |  pdf Português


WHO Strategy On Research For Health

who-strategyMay 2010 saw the first organization-wide strategy on research approved by the World Health Assembly. Research for Health - defines a common framework for how research is approached in WHO and the role WHO is taking in global health research. The strategy has five main Goals:

  • Capacity: Building capacity to strengthen health research systems.
  • Priorities: Supporting the setting of research priorities that meet health needs particularly in low and middle income countries.
  • Standards: Creating an environment to create good research practice and enable the greater sharing of research evidence, tools and materials.
  • Translation: Ensuring quality evidence is turned into products and policy.
  • Organization: Action to strengthen the research culture within WHO and improve the management and coordination of WHO research activities.

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National Policies and Agendas

From the World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution 43.19 on the role of research in health to the Bamako call for action in 2008 onwards, research has taken an increasingly higher profile. This has been accompanied by: a dramatic rise in funding for global health and health research; a stronger interest in innovation and technological advancement; an emergence of numerous global heath research initiatives; an increased attention paid to health systems research and evidence-informed policy and practice; and more awareness of the political, economic, environmental and social determinants of health (taken from PAHO's Policy on Research for Health).

Key events that contributed to the development of the PAHO policy on research for health, submitted to the 144th Executive Committee on 22-26 June 2009 are illustrated and listed below.

Highlights from PAHO/WHO Research Policies and Strategies: pdf Download in English - pdf Bajar en español


Milestones for a Policy on Research For Health

Detailed timeline events

2010 — 2014

2013
The World health report: research for universal health coverage
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In addition to identifying the benefits of increased investment in health research by developing studies, this report focuses on how research steers health priorities towards universal health coverage and defines the role of research through three key messages: universal health coverage cannot be achieved without evidence from research; all nations should be producers as well as consumers of research; and, research for universal health coverage requires national and international collaboration. The report includes a visual illustration of the cycle of research activities demonstrating how questions lead first to answers and then to more questions.
Reference: https://www.who.int/whr/2013/main_messages/en/index.html

2012
Research and Development to Meet Health Needs in Developing Countries: Strengthening Global Financing and Coordination
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Changing Mindsets: Strategy on health Policy and Systems Research
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2010
The WHO strategy on research for health
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2005 — 2009

2009
PAHO's Policy on Research for Health
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2008
PAHO Strategic Plan 2008-2012
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Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health
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1st Latin American Conference on Research and Innovation for Health. Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Intergovernmental group on Public Health Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights. Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health Bamako, Mali
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2007
Health Agenda for the Americas 2008-2017
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2006
COHRED Latin American Consultation
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2005
Commission on Social Determinants of Health; Report published in September 2008
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2000 - 2004

2004
WHO Report on Knowledge for Better Health
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Ministerial Forum on Health Research, Mexico.
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2002
Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF)
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2001
Commission on Macroeconomics and Health
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Investment in Health: a summary of the findings
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2000
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
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International Conference on Health Research for Development
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1990 — 1999

1999
UNESCO: World Conference on Science, Hungary.
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1998
World Forum on Health Research and the 10/90 gap.
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1993
WHO — The World Bank: Relationships between health, health policy and economic development; DALYs concept.
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1990
Commission on Health Research for Development
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WHA Resolution 43.19: "Role of Health Research".
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