Setting Priorities in Child Health Research Investments for South Africa

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

child health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Africa - South Africa

Why was it conducted at all?

it is estimated that nearly 100,000 children under 5 years of age still die each year in South Africa. The persisting unacceptable burden of under-age-5 mortality of 10.6 million each year, which could be reduced by up to 63% with existing low-cost interventions, points to the potential role health research could play

What was the objective?

to identify child health priorities in South Africa

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 30 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

CHNRI approach

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: defining context, technical experts invited, geographic scale, time period, target population and targeted disease burden defined. Step 2: collecting research topics along three domains of health research. Step 2: scoring of research topics: experts were asked to score topics along five criteria. Step 4: assigning weights to prioritization criteria

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers and healthcare professionals.

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.