Anthrologica - Anthropology of Global Health

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Uganda

Anthrologica undertook the end of programme evaluation of Connecting health Research in Africa and Ireland Consortium (ChRAIC), a cross-country partnership that ran from 2008-2013. ChRAIC involved three Irish higher education institutes (the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland Galway) working with a range of partners across seven African countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Sierra Leone and Uganda. The evaluation focused on the degree to which the ChRIAC met three strategic objectives: to strengthen health policy and systems research capacity through a multi-levelled approach in Ireland and Africa; to strengthen links between research outputs and policy in African countries by developing and extending existing links and partnerships between African HEIs, national policy makers and ministries of health; and to conduct needs-driven research with the management of funds by southern HEI partners. The evaluation ran from May to August 2014.