Prioritizing knowledge translation in low- and middle-income countries to support pandemic response and preparedness

Yodi Mahendradhata, Anna Kalbarczyk

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has created urgent demand around the world for knowledge generation about a novel coronavirus, its transmission, and control, putting academic institutions at the frontline of politics. While many academic institutions are well poised to conduct research, there are well-documented barriers for these institutions, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), to further conduct strategic synthesis and dissemination to promote knowledge utilization among policy-makers. These systemic barriers to knowledge translation (KT) pose significant challenges for academic institutions seeking to take advantage of unprecedented policy windows to inform evidence-based decision-making. Global health funding organizations should prioritize the support of academic institutions’ activities along the KT pathway, including both knowledge generation and strategic dissemination, to improve knowledge uptake for decision-making to improve health. Institutional capacity-building initiatives for KT have the potential to profoundly impact responses to this and future pandemics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
JournalHealth Research Policy and Systems
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Evidence-based response
  • Knowledge translation
  • Pandemic preparedness
  • Policy-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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