Lancet Global Health: Overcoming the research to policy gap (3)

9 April, 2019

All is good, but one should not forget that the lack of infrastructure and shortage of human resources are major reasons for not being able to translate knowledge into action. A patient and a doctor both know that x medication is good, but it’s not available, pharmacy is closed, it’s very expensive, etc. If you have a great car (ambulance) but no petrol what can you do. In many countries they know what to do but they don’t have the physical infrastructure of the resources to do. They have the right policies based on excellent research (local or imported) but do not have the necessary means to translate that knowledge into policy or action. We all know that dumping garbage is bad and there is a policy to regulate this but the country does not have trucks or sites or mechanisms to get rid of the garbage. What do people do?

Best regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

President of the eHealth Development Association of Jordan,

Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth,

e-Marefa Advisor

P.O. Box 542006

Amman 11937


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Tel. +962 (6) 5240273


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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group.

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