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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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