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Setting an Implementation Research Agenda for Canadian Investments in Global Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health: A Research Prioritization Exercise

Principal investigator: Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University.

Unacceptably high numbers of women and children are dying every year, largely due to conditions that could have been prevented or treated if existing cost-effective interventions were made universally available. Currently, there is insufficient knowledge on how to effectively implement proven affordable interventions in resource-limited settings. Improving maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (MNCAH) is a top development priority in Canada; however, investments in implementation research have been limited. If we are to achieve high, sustainable, and equitable coverage of lifesaving interventions, addressing this research gap is essential. We conducted a research prioritization exercise in which we systematically identified the top research priorities on the implementation of MNCAH interventions in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aim of this study was to inform and guide Canadian research investments within the 2015 to 2030 timeframe of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We adapted the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative method, inviting a diverse expert group of Canadian researchers, implementing partners and clinicians to identify priority areas.

Project collaborators include  Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)

Supported by The Hospital for Sick Children, CanWaCH.