Setting Research Priorities to Reduce Global Mortality from Childhood Diarrhoea by 2015

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

childhood diarrhea

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

Why is greater progress not being achieved? One of the key reasons is lack of knowledge on how to implement existing cost-effective interventions and on how to achieve greater coverage of these interventions in low-resource settings. This gap in knowledge can only be filled by appropriately targeted research. To assist donors in understanding the potential of different research avenues to contribute to reducing the burden of disease and disability, the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) of the Global Forum for Health Research recently developed a methodology that allows systematic listing and transparent scoring of many competing research options, thus exposing their strengths and weaknesses. The Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) of the World Health Organization is currently using the CHNRI methodology to develop research priority issues on the major causes of child deaths. In this paper, we present the results of this research priority-setting process applied by CAH for childhood diarrhoea.

What was the objective?

to inform key global donors, investors in health research (especially of public funds), and international agencies on research investment policies that are expected to address the UN's Millennium Development Goal #4 in the most effective way if the commitment to achieving this goal is genuine

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 15 research questions

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: 154 research questions along four broad research domains were collected and discussed

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers, healthcare providers.

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.