alexa Importance of health research in South Asia


Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education

Author(s): Ritu Sadana, Carol DSouza, Adnan A Hyder, A Mushtaque R Chowdhury

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Research is essential to guide improvements in health systems and develop new initiatives. South Asia has a quarter of the world's population, weak public sector health care, and a staggering disease burden, and thus research is particularly important. Although investment has increased in infrastructure for health research over the past decade, gaps remain in evidence to guide reduction of important problems such as communicable diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions, childhood diseases, and nutritional deficiencies.Furthermore, even when technical knowledge is available, political commitment, managerial competencies, and incentives for changing behaviour within health systems are often lacking.

This article was published in BMJ and referenced in Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education

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