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The Last Mile

The Last Mile

By iCHORDS

We increasingly need the social and behavioural sciences to help us achieve the goals outlined in the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) roadmap and particularly ‘the last miles’ of NTD elimination and control.

Join us as we interview guests from across the NTD community, hearing their stories, and how the work they are doing contributes to the last miles of NTD elimination and control.
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It's Time for Fairness in Research Partnerships

The Last MileDec 14, 2021

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Episode 8: Let's focus on focus groups

Episode 8: Let's focus on focus groups

This episode of the Last Mile Podcast will discuss how to conduct a successful focus group with Dr. Doris Njomo from the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and Naomi Caplan and Dr. Mekuriaw Alemayehu from the NALA foundation.


Here you will find the link to the Beyond MDA report that is discussed in the podcast: https://www.nalafoundation.org/_files/ugd/50e284_2a0cef39ca2745c1a38fd3d16bc277a3.pdf


Here is a link to a quick guide on focus groups: https://www.ichords.org/ichords-research-methods-series-focus-group-discussion/


Full Speaker Bios:

Dr. Doris Njomo is a Principal Research Scientist in the area of social and behavioural studies at Kenya Medical Research Institute. Amongst other researchers, she has been conducting implementation research studies for Preventive Chemotherapy NTDs using mixed methods approach for over 15 years and has published several manuscripts and mentored postgraduate students on qualitative research methods.

Naomi Caplan is the Head of Learning & Innovation at NALA. Previously a teacher, her interest in addressing the root causes of poverty led her to pursue a career in public health. With an MSEd and MPH, she now oversees NALA’s educational arm, which includes designing assessments that inform, evaluate, and amplify the work.

Dr. Mekuriaw Alemayehu holds a PhD in public health, focused on visceral leishmaniasis and co-infection with HIV. He is currently a project manager for NALA Foundation as well as a postgraduate director and principal investigator of different projects at Gondar University in Ethiopia. Mekuriaw has 13 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the WHO.



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Tips for Writing a Winning Research Proposal

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A request for proposal (RFP) is a document that announces a project, explains it, and invites eligible researchers or organizations to submit bids to complete it. Developing an effective research proposal to submit to the RFP, in public health and global health, is an essential step towards funding research initiatives.

Given the role of the proposal in outlining the steps that will be taken to answer a research question, we set out to guide our community towards some of the expectations of what makes a good research proposal. To help us navigate the do’s and don'ts of research proposals, we have brought on two special guests, Dr. John Amuasi (ARNTD) and Dr. Patrick Lammie (NTD-SC).

In this episode of The Last Mile podcast, you will:

Hear about the unique career journeys of Dr. Amuasi and Dr. Lammie and how they started working within the field of neglected tropical diseases Learn about the components of a good and bad research proposal “Peek behind the curtain” to see what happens when a batch of proposals are received for review Learn how to frame the potential for negative research results See how the work Dr. Amuasi and Dr. Lammie do contributes to the last mile of NTD elimination and control

Podcast Guests

Dr. John Amuasi Dr. Patrick Lammie

Podcast Host(s)

Dr. Alison Krentel

Podcast Narrator and Editor:

Leshawn Benedict

Links to the current request for proposals on COR-NTD:

1) New diagnostics for schistosomiasis monitoring and evaluation

2) Increasing Effectiveness of Delivery of Preventive Chemotherapy against NTDs

Jan 12, 202256:26
It's Time for Fairness in Research Partnerships

It's Time for Fairness in Research Partnerships

One of the things we have failed to notice in the evolution of global health ethics has been the neglect of research and implementation partnerships as the context for a wide range of unfair and sometimes inequitable practices.

There aren't many frameworks, benchmarks or standards on best practices for governmental, corporate, non-profit, or academic collaborations. This is particularly true for international collaborative research and innovation involving low- and middle-income countries.

This is where the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) hopes to make a difference. The RFI is a comprehensive guide for organizations to assess their performance in 15 specific domains of fairness in research partnerships and to guide their internal learning for practice and policy improvement. To help us navigate the Research Fairness Initiative, we have brought on a special guest, Dr. Jim Lavery.

In this episode of The Last Mile podcast, you will:

Hear about the unique career journey of Dr. Jim Lavery and how he started working within the neglected tropical diseases space Learn about the Research Fairness Initiative Understand some of the benefits and challenges of using the RFI Learn about how the work Dr. Jim Lavery does contributes to the last mile of NTD elimination and control

Podcast Guests

Dr. Jim Lavery

Podcast Host(s)

Dr. Upendo Mwingira

Podcast Narrator and Editor:

Leshawn Benedict

Resources:

Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) The Research Fairness Initiative: Filling a critical gap in global research ethics

Join iCHORDS Community of Practice?

Did you like what you listened to? There are many ways you can learn more about the many international research projects and ongoing collaborations to control and eliminate NTDs. Consider joining iCHORDS (Improving Community Health Outcomes through Research, Dialogue and Systems Strengthening) Community of Practice by visiting www.ichords.org. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter: @iCHORDS_COP

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Walking Together: The Value of Participatory Research Methods

Walking Together: The Value of Participatory Research Methods

Participatory research approaches facilitate direct collaboration with communities and those affected by the issues being studied within research studies, methods, and frameworks. These approaches ensure the interests and viewpoints of the people affected by diseases or illnesses are heard and better understood throughout research studies.

Using participatory research paradigms is especially important within the Neglected Tropical diseases (NTDs) space, where over 1.7 billion people are affected across many different communities worldwide. Each of these communities are different, so it is essential to work with them to understand some of the most pressing challenges they face.

To help us better explore the ideas behind participatory research in NTD control and elimination, we brought on two guests from COUNTDOWN consortia to share their rich experiences.

In this episode of The Last Mile podcast, you will:

Hear about the unique career journeys of Dr. Akinola Oluwole and Dr. Kim Ozano and how they started working within the neglected tropical diseases space Learn about the participatory research paradigm and participatory methods Understand some of the challenges of using participatory methods Learn about some of the research impacts of the COUNTDOWN program Learn about how the work Dr. Akinola Oluwole and Dr. Kim Ozano conduct contribute to the last mile of NTD elimination and control

Podcast Guests

Dr. Akinola Oluwole Dr. Kim Ozano

Podcast Host(s)

Dr. Alison Krentel

Podcast Narrator and Editor:

Leshawn Benedict

Join iCHORDS Community of Practice?

Did you like what you listened to? There are many ways you can learn more about the many international research projects and ongoing collaborations to control and eliminate NTDs. Consider joining iCHORDS (Improving Community Health Outcomes through Research, Dialogue and Systems Strengthening) Community of Practice by visiting www.ichords.org. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter: @iCHORDS_COP

Nov 12, 202135:20
The Last Mile Podcast Trailer
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