Over the years, the health sector has
seen the emergence of several stakeholders, resources, mechanisms and
commitments towards meeting various health and development needs. Increasing
emphasis is also being laid on developing evidence based health policies.
Today, there is a greater recognition for the role that health research can
and must play in achieving various health and related goals.
A health research system functions as
the “brain” of a health system, to enable it to respond effectively to the
health challenges. The key objective of a health research system is to
coordinate health research through appropriate architecture and mechanisms.
There is an array of specific objectives of a health research system, which
include, inter alia, setting health research
priorities, generating knowledge, building capacity, developing standard
procedures and mechanisms to ensure ethics, quality, accountability and
transparency, mobilizing resources and conducting advocacy for better
The ultimate benefit of research lies
not only in the generation of new knowledge but in the translation of
knowledge into technologies, interventions and strategies effectively and
appropriately delivered to the poor. WHO has fostered a strong partnership
with the India Council of Medical Research and other partners in the area of
health research and ethics. Initiatives undertaken
include, survey of ethical committees in medical colleges and research
institutions, mapping of health research institutions, developing guidelines
for the ethical and safe execution of research trials and attempts at
developing a registry of clinical trials. Other studies include survey of ethical committees in medical colleges
and research institutions.
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