This report was commissioned by the Research Capacity Strengthening unit (RCS+) of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). The project explored the development of programmes and regional centres of excellence for capacity building in applied social science in public health and implementation research for tropical diseases control programmes in West Africa (Ghana) and East Africa (Kenya).
The report is a compilation of three independent but inter-related
documents presenting background information on ASSPH and a strategy for
building capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. The specific focus is on
training a workforce for implementation research at Master’s and
potentially PhD level. The report presents:
- A background on the training needs in ASSPH in sub-Saharan Africa and
an overview of related courses and programmes available locally and
- A strategic vision for capacity building in ASSPH based on
consultations with stakeholders in the region and in related
- A review of current training capacity and proposed training programmes
in Ghana and Kenya for Anglophone countries in West and East Africa
World Health Organization, Geneva. ISBN 978 92 4 159558 2, 56 pp.
Applied Social Sciences for Public Health (ASSPH). Higher degree training for implementation research on tropical diseases.