Research Capacity Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recognizing the Importance of Local Partnerships in Designing and Disseminating HIV Implementation Science to Reach the 90–90–90 Goals

Anna Kalbarczyk, Wendy Davis, Sam Kalibala, Scott Geibel, Aisha Yansaneh, Nina Martin, Ellen Weiss, Deanna Kerrigan, Yukari C. Manabe

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Abstract

Capacity building in implementation science is integral to PEPFAR’s mission and to meeting the 90–90–90 goals. The USAID funded Project SOAR sponsored a 4 day workshop for investigators and governmental and non-governmental partners from 12 African countries. The workshop was designed to address both findings from a pre-workshop online needs assessment as well as capacity challenges across the capacity building pyramid, from individual skills to institutional systems and resources. Activities were output-oriented and skill based. An online survey evaluated sessions and changes in perceptions of needs; a majority of respondents strongly agreed that after the workshop, they better understood their personal and institutional capacity strengthening needs. Participants ‘strongly agreed’ that workshop content was relevant to their jobs (90%) and that they left the workshop with a specific plan for conducting future research (65%). Workshop results suggest that skill-building should be done in conjunction with systems capacity building within the cultural context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-213
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume23
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

Keywords

  • Capacity building
  • Capacity strengthening
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Implementation science
  • Operations research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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