World NCD Federation
Centre of Excellence for Evidence-Based Research for NCDs in LMICs
As the burden of NCDs is rapidly increasing in low and middle income countries, the importance of area specific research capacity and role of contextually relevant research in informing policy, programme and practice is of paramount importance. There is limited and scattered quality evidence pointing towards effectiveness of primary and secondary prevention and management interventions targeting risk factors and different NCDs globally especially in LMICs. Because most LMICs have poor health systems and require to develop more cost effective and equitable ways of addressing NCDs for which evidence needs to be generated for the implementation of such strategies. World NCD Federation has established the center to foster the development of evidence for informed policy, programme and practices with support from Viatris.
- To generate high quality evidence through systematic reviews and meta-analyses on NCDs prevention and control to inform policies for low and middle income countries(LMICs).
- To promote implementation research in NCDs in LMICs.
- To promote knowledge translation through high quality publications in peer reviewed international journals and preparing high quality briefs for NCD programmes and practitioners.
A Core Team consisting of board members, adjunct faculty including project officer and researchassistant is in place. Under the guidance of International Advisory Committee, the team works towards deciding the topic and support for conducting the systematic reviews, facilitating manuscripts and preparation of policy documents based on the generated evidence.
One of the core activities include periodic training activities focused on systematic reviews and meta-analysis. This is aimed to provide a learning platform for the public health professionals and medical students.
Dissemination of the research work is undertaken through publications. We havw already initiated a few systematic reviews and meta-analyses of strategic importance to build robust NCD programmes for prevention and control.
Evidence generated by systematic reviews will be used for strengthening national NCD control program and policy interventions in LMICs.
Expected outcomes: Three to five quality systematic reviews and meta analyses over a period of one year are expected.
Measurement of outcomes: Number of systematic review and metanalysis completed, trainings, publications, number of professional organizations/ countries implementing the recommendations in the policy and programmes.