Research Priorities to Reduce Global Mortality from Newborn Infections by 2015

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

newborn infections

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

Newborn infections are responsible for approximately one third of the estimated 4.0 million neonatal deaths that occur globally every year. Appropriately targeted research is required to guide investment in effective interventions, especially in low resource settings. Setting global priorities for research to address neonatal infections is essential and urgent.

What was the objective?

to define research priorities for the major causes of child deaths to focus global research investments

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

January 2007 - February 2008

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

CHNRI approach

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: input from investors/policymakers on prioritization criteria: participants were asked about possible criteria to identify possible research options. Step 2: participants were asked to propose an extensive list of research questions and to specify research options which correspond to 3- to 5-year research programs, 69 questions submitted. Step 3: participants were asked to score all research questions along five criteria. Step 4: participants were asked to rank the five criteria by importance

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers with interest in newborn infections with established track record of publications in this area and program managers with experience in leading international programs. Overall, 13 stakeholders participated.

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.