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Health research

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Health Research is "any biomedical, behavioural, epidemiological or social science activity that entails systematic collection or analysis of data, with the intent to develop generalizable knowledge to understand health challenges and mount an improved response to them. The full spectrum of 'health research' spans five generic areas of activity: measuring the health problem; understanding its cause(s); elaborating solutions; translating the solutions or evidence into policy, practice and products; and evaluating the effectiveness of solutions.

The need for credible evidence on what works is urgent, as many countries in the Region are still struggling to provide minimal health services to their populations with significant preventable morbidity and mortality. However, the ultimate benefit of health research will lie in its translation into strategies, technologies, and interventions that are effectively and appropriately delivered to benefit the people, in particular the poor and other vulnerable groups.