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Featured Implementation Science Event:
The 11th ECSA Best Practices Forum and 27th Directors Joint Consultative Committee
This issue of ISforGH covers the recent 11th Best Practices Forum (BPF) and 27th Directors Joint Consultative Committee (DJCC) of the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC), which were held in Arusha, Tanzania on June 26-28. The theme of the conference was “Universal Health Coverage: Addressing the needs of the underserved.”

ECSA-HC is an inter-governmental health organization that fosters and promotes regional cooperation in health among its nine Member States. The ECSA-HC Secretariat convenes the BPF and DJCC annually. These two technical meetings create an opportunity for technical dialogue to foster translation of implementation evidence to policy in priority health areas in the Region.

Read on to learn more about the themes and outcomes of this year’s BPF and DJCC meetings.
Overview of the 11th ECSA Best Practices Forum and 27th Directors Joint Consultative Committee
In his welcoming remarks, Prof. Yoswa Dambisya, Director General of ECSA-HC, said “without Universal Health Coverage, the region may not hit the mark.” He highlighted the need to focus on equity and reaching the underserved.
HEARD's East Africa Partner Contributions to the BPF
HEARD partners from the ECSA region – including – Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Infectious Diseases Institute (ID), TAMASHA and local URC consultant—presented at the Forum.
Leveraging the BPF to Inform Principles of Stakeholder Engagement Around Priority Setting for Implementation Science
The importance of engaging and empowering communities has been long understood in global health and development. The principles framework under development will be used to provide guidance and a roadmap for the more efficient management of asymmetric power relationships that can potentially undermine collaboration.
Spotlight on Implementation Science Events
Each ISforGH Newsletter includes a spotlight interview with a global health implementer at the forefront of implementation science work
"We are already working to gather and integrate evidence-based practices from local communities and at the policy level and we look forward to building on this through the assessment and collaboration with other partners."
Churchill Shakim
Executive Director, Taasisi ya Maendeleo Shirikishi kwa Vijana (TAMASHA)

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