On March 20-22, the Zambian Ministry of Health will convene the first national Evidence for Impact research symposium in collaboration with IPA Zambia, USAID, and the Population Council. The theme of this year’s symposium will be “Translating Research into Gains in Primary and Community Health in Zambia.” The focus of the symposium will be on reproductive, maternal and newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition services (RMNCAH-N) in primary care and community settings. The symposium is expected to showcase research conducted at all levels of policymaking and service delivery from community to national levels.
The symposium will convene government agencies, public and private research institutions, development partners, UN agencies, the scientific community and networks, academia, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, and individual researchers. Over 300 participants are expected to attend.
IPA will present results from four studies:
- Evaluating the Impacts of Home-Based Growth Charts and Community Monitoring on Stunting in Zambia
- Interpersonal Communication to Encourage Use of Female Condoms in Zambia
- Contraceptive Adoption, Fertility, and the Family in Zambia
- Recruiting and Motivating Community Health Workers in Zambia
Aims and objectives of the symposium:
1. Disseminate research findings from programs, projects, and initiatives evaluated across Zambia; including Saving Mothers Giving Life, the Milennium Development Goal Initiative, and others;
2. Identify the lessons learnt and recommendations for programming and further research;
3. Foster networks to deepen sustained research impact;
4. Strengthen existing networks of partner and stakeholder organizations.
It is anticipated that this first symposium will provide direction, impetus, and an agreed upon collaborative framework for subsequent research forums in the RMNCAH-N arena.