Global Conference on Implementation Science

Event 17 May 2019

COUNTDOWN will be at the upcoming Global Conference on Implementation Science taking place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 29th June - 1st July 2019. 

The conference aims to showcase the role of Implementation Research (IR) in promoting evidence-based health and other social development programmes, policies and practices. In addition, it hopes to create a demand for bridging the gap between research and policy-making using IR by the key implementers and policy.

COUNTDOWN will share the following associated findings from its implementation research in the four partner countries where the project operates - Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. 

Day 2: Sunday, 30th June 2019

Session: Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research for a Strengthened Health System

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Venue: Mahua Meeting Room

Participatory action research to strengthen health systems: Key reflections from researchers and health system implementers in Liberia and Nigeria

Dr Kim Ozano, Research Associate, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Implementation research: Applying a participatory action research approach to co-create community engagement and implementation strategies in a Nigerian urban context

Yashiyi Nuphi James, Social Scientist, COUNTDOWN NTD Project, Sightsavers, Nigeria

Calling Time on Neglected Tropical Diseases: COUNTDOWN’s approach to maximizing the influence of implementation research on NTD policy and programming

Dr Theresa Hoke, Director, Health Services Research, FHI360, USA

The use of visual methods to disseminate research findings and promote bottom-up solution development to health systems challenges

Alice Siakeh Perkins, Research Manager, ULPIRE/COUNTDOWN, Liberia

Revitalising multi-sectoral approaches for the delivery of health interventions: Bridging the gap between the health and education sectors 

 Dr Akinola Oluwole, Research Officer, COUNTDOWN NTD Project, Sightsavers, Nigeria


Session: Accountability for Equity in Urban Informal Health: Lessons from the ARISE Partnership

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Venue: Mallika Meeting Room

• Yashiyi Nuphi James, Social Scientist, COUNTDOWN NTD Project, Sightsavers, Nigeria

• Dr. Kim Ozano, Research Associate, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK


Day 3: Monday, 1st July 2019

Session: Fighting Towards Elimination of NTDs, Polio & Malaria

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

Venue: Madhabi Meeting Room

Dr Theobald Nji will provide highlights on research from Cameroon relating to 'Community engagement: A Critical factor in scaling-up adherence to MDA towards NTDs elimination'.

Dr Akinola Oluwole will delve into 'Optimising the performance of frontline implementers engaged in the NTD programme in Nigeria: Lessons for strengthening community health systems for Universal Health Coverage'.


Tea Break and Poster Presentations

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Venue: Reception Area and Mahua Meeting Room

Anthony Bettee,  National Coordinator, NTDs Program, Liberia Ministry of Health - 'Using implementation research findings to inform policy: Learnings from the cross-departmental development of a communication strategy for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Liberia'

Georgina Zawolo - 'Ensuring no-one is left behind in health systems development: Community engagement a critical step in rebuilding trust in the Liberian health system'. 

Vida A. Kukula - 'A major hurdle in elimination of neglected tropical diseases revealed: Identifying key gaps in knowledge and understanding of female genital schistosomiasis with communities and frontline health workers in Ghana'.

Karsor Kollie, Director, COUNTDOWN, Ministry of Health, Liberia



Time: 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Venue: Utshab Banquet Hall

A Bright and Shining Future: The Role of Implementation Science (Panel)

Professor Sally Theobald, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK


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