The Zambian government on Tuesday launched a body to regulate research in the health sector in order to help the southern African nation strengthen its health system.
The launch of the National Health Research Authority (NHRA) came after parliament approved its establishment in 2013.
Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said during the launch that research must be imbedded in the health system to adduce relevant information for policy.
The minister said the government has come up with an agenda for strengthening health care provision but added that this will only be possible if research is embedded in the system.
“Research will be our priority in strengthening our health system,” he said.
The body will among others regulate and streamline research, create a unified approval process and promote proportionate standards.
Professor Evarist Njelesani, chairperson of the research body, said the move was commendable as it will enhance service delivery in the health sector. Enditem