01.10.2013 17:03

100th scientific publication through operational research training

Categorie: Au Luxembourg, LuxOR

One hundred studies conducted as part of the MSF - Union (SORT-IT) operational research training have been accepted and/or published by peer-reviewed scientific journals as of 30th September 2013. Since its launch in 2009, this intensive course initiated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) has trained one hundred forty four candidates working in health programs around the world.

The overall success rate of the training is close to 90%. So far, twelve courses have been completed. It is held annually in Paris, Luxembourg, India, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eastern Europe and South Pacific.

The participants of the training must initiate and conduct an operational research study within their health program, and provide practical recommendations that directly benefit the concerned program and possibly other programs. The researchers use the data available or obtainable in their health program.

The model of capacity building developed by the Union and MSF favors mentorship and a "learning by doing" approach to support healthcare professionals. To complete the training, participants must develop a study protocol, use the existing data and eventually write an article outlining their findings and practical recommendations, and submit it to a scientific journal. There are milestones for each stage that have to be passed to continue to the next stage, and mentorship by experienced researchers supports participants in their progress.

"This is an important step, which shows that the participants included in the training can initiate and carry out scientific research according to international scientific standards," explains Dr. Rony Zachariah, Coordinator of LuxOR (MSF Luxembourg Operational Research).

In January 2013, the World Health Organization recognized the Union - MSF training and adopted the capacity building model as the blueprint for the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) training courses. These courses, entitled SORT IT (Structured Operational Research Training Initiative), help improve health systems through integrated operational research and capacity building in national health programs.

Do you want to know more about the training and its outcomes? See the brochure here.