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Ten-year Review of the 'Creation of a Health Research Center' project in Angola / Balanço de 10 anos do projeto "Criação de um Centro de Investigação em Saúde em Angola"

Financer:
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Country:
Angola
Field of Expertise:
Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Basic Health Services / Primary health care
Narrative description of project:
The purpose of the hera mission was to carry out an independent external evaluation of the CISA project. CISA is a centre of excellence in biomedical and public health research in Angola, Bengo Province. CISA stands for: 'Centro de Investigação de Saúde em Angola' - Health Research Centre in Angola. For the last 10 years, the Portuguese Gulbenkian Foundation (GF) and the Portuguese International Development Cooperation has supported Angola with the establishment of the research center. The evaluation provides a guide for the process of developing an autonomous CISA institution. The evaluation may contribute to a better understanding between the Angolan and Portuguese partners, and will provide relevant suggestions to start the formulation of a new phase of institutional development.
Description of services provided:
The hera team identified results and challenges of this project using the DAC evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability). The picture was mixed; while good quality publications were produced, there were also missed opportunities to strengthen the local health system. There were questions about the future profile of CISA and the complexities of establishing an autonomous domestically funded CISA. The hera team came up with a series of practical recommendations to help facilitate the formulation of a new institutional support project with the hopes of twinning arrangements with Institutions such as the Lisbon Institute for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.