Submitted: 19 Feb 2015
Accepted: 31 May 2015
First published online: 07 Jul 2015
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Health Promot Perspect. 2015;5(2):104-115.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2015.013
PMID: 26290826
PMCID: PMC4539051
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Original Research

Promoting Evidence to Policy Link on the Control of Infectious Diseases of Poverty in Nigeria: Outcome of A Multi-Stakeholders Policy Dialogue

Chigozie Jesse Uneke 1,2 * , Abel Abeh Ezeoha 2,3, Henry Uro-Chukwu 2,4, Chinonyelum Thecla Ezeonu 2,5, Ogbonnaya Ogbu 2,6, Friday Onwe 2,7, Chima Edoga 2,8

1 Department of Medical Microbiology/Parasitology, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki Nigeria
2 Health Policy & systems Research Project (Knowledge Translation Platform), Ebonyi State University Abakaliki Nigeria
3 Department of Banking & Finance, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria
4 National Obstetrics Fistula Centre, Abakaliki, Nigeria
5 Department of Paediatrics, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria
6 Department of Applied Microbiology, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki Nigeria
7 Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria
8 Catholic Relief Services (Nigeria Program) Abakaliki, Nigeria

Abstract

Background: In Nigeria, malaria, schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis are among infectious diseases of poverty (IDP) with severe health burden and re-quire effective policy strategies for their control. In this study, we investigated the value of policy brief and policy dialogue as excellent policymaking mecha-nisms that enable policymakers to adapt effective evidence informed policy for IDP control.

Methods: A policy brief was developed on the control of malaria, schistosomia-sis and lymphatic filariasis and subjected to deliberations in a one-day multi-stakeholder policy dialogue held in Ebonyi State Nigeria. A modified cross sec-tional intervention study design was used in this investigation. Structured pre-tested questionnaires were used to evaluate the policy brief document and policy dialogue process at the end of the policy dialogue.

Results: Forty-seven policymakers participated in the dialogue. An analysis of the response on the policy brief regarding context, different features of the problem; policy options and key implementation considerations indicated the mean ratings (MNRs) mostly ranged from 6.40-6.85 on 7 point scale. The over-all assessment of the policy brief had MNR at 6.54. The analysis of the response on the policy dialogue regarding the level of priority of policy issue, opportunity to discuss different features of the problem and options for addressing the prob-lem, and the MNRs mostly ranged from 6.50-6.82. The overall assessment of the policy dialogue had MNR at 6.72.

Conclusion: Policy dialogues can allow research evidence to be considered to-gether with views, experiences and tacit knowledge of policymakers and can enhance evidence-to-policy link.

Citation: Uneke CJ, Ezeoha AE, Uro-Chukwu H, Ezeonu CT, Ogbu O, Onwe F, Edoga C. Promoting Evidence to Policy Link on the Control of Infectious Diseases of Poverty in Nigeria: Outcome of A Multi-Stakeholders Policy Dia-logue. Health Promot Perspect 2015; 5(2): 104-115.
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