Evaluation of the “Institutional capacity development for multi-disciplinary health research to support the health system ReBUILDing phase in Sierra Leone” (RECAP-SL) project
Evaluation conducted by Justin Pulford, Capacity Research Unit, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (2018)
Building on the capacity building successes of ReBUILD, this EDCTP-funded project - RECAP-SL - focused on health research capacity at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone. This report is an evaluation of that project.
RECAP-SL – “Institutional capacity development for multi-disciplinary health research to support the health system ReBUILDing phase in Sierra Leone” is a €250,000 two-year funded project under the 2nd European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) programme. This project started in August 2016 and was led by the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone in partnership with the Health Systems and Workforce Strengthening Team and the Capacity Research Unit in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).
The 2014-16 Ebola disease outbreak highlighted the need for responsive and resilient health systems within and beyond Sierra Leone. Development or ReBUILDing of health systems should be informed by policies based on evidence. In the immediate post-Ebola phase, health research capacity in Sierra Leone to inform policy and practice was limited to a number of research projects at COMAHS. With COMAHS taking the lead in the generation of evidence there is a need for sustainable approaches to building capacity for national multi-disciplinary health research in country.
The overall aim of the RECAP-SL project was to establish a research centre within COMAHS that will serve as a research coordinating centre, and lead on health systems research and capacity strengthening within Sierra Leone and deliver credible, relevant research for effective policy making and practice.