Overview of Research Activities at World Health Organization

Jan Holmgren, Zarina Kabir
Having a special interest in research as a prime mechanism for evidence-based policies and interventions towards better global health, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) decided to undertake, in consultation with WHO, a descriptive study to obtain an overview of WHO's research functions. A survey and follow-up interviews were conducted. Examples of findings are, nearly one third of research projects are conducted in AFRO region, 59% of research activities at WHO are conducted in collaboration with partners, the main sources of research funding at the various departments at WHO are from voluntary contributions. Internal perceived gaps as well as recommendations by the authors are included.