Information in Action: Celebrating Research Advocacy Champions

Published: Wednesday 12th July 2017
Category: News

Research4Life and INASP present “Information in Action: Celebrating Research Advocacy Champions” a booklet made in partnership with INASP that showcases the best stories from the 2016 Research4Life/INASP Advocacy Competition


In 2016, Research4Life and INASP launched a competition to celebrate the critical role of advocacy in research and got a resounding response. More than 150 stories rolled in from researchers, doctors and librarians across the developing world. Many of them shared the hurdles they had overcome to boost leadership support for peer reviewed resources and for evidence-based policies based on that critical information. These include resources to improve access, infrastructure and funding, all of which contribute to improved evidence-based health care, agriculture and environmental policies.

To celebrate their work we collected and curated seven of the most impactful case studies including the stories of the two winners:

  • Alice Matimba, whose multidisciplinary team successfully advocated for a health policy that has transformed the care and treatment offered to patients diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy and other eye complications.
  • Mary Acanit, whose management team successfully advocated for the connection of Kyambogo University to the Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU), which aims to connect all Ugandan universities, colleges and research institutions via an affordable country-wide high speed network backbone for cheaper & faster access to global research resources.

If reading this book inspires you to learn more, whether as a participating institution, publisher, technology partner, journalist, donor, or policymaker, please contact us at:

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