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Turning evidence into action

31
JAN
2011

Aids Alliance

In November 2010, 10 participants from the Evidence for Action international research programme, core funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, participated in a Policy and Communications workshop in Kampala, Uganda.

The Evidence for Action consortium focuses on HIV treatment and care systems. The goal of the research programme is to contribute to knowledge on how to design, manage and deliver comprehensive HIV treatment and care programmes in resource poor settings.

The Uganda workshop aimed to help researchers engaged in the consortium to promote their research findings in order to influence national HIV policy in their respective countries.

Co-facilitated by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Alliance, the workshop covered a range of activities from developing key messages to storytelling, and writing policy briefings to using Web 2.0 technology.  Participants also had an opportunity to try out some of the techniques featured in the latest Alliance tool for measuring advocacy activity, Measuring Up.

“I have acquired important skills that are going to impact my work as a Communication/Public Relations Officer, said David Walugembe, a participant from IAVI/Uganda Vaccine Research Centre in Entebbe, Uganda.

“I have learnt how to identify desired changes, exchanged on how policy changes happen in partner countries including Malawi, Zambia and the UK. “

You can read David’s blog and a selection of other articles produced by participants during the workshop on the Alliance blog.