Swaziland Health Research - About Us

About Us

The Strategic Information Department (SID)

The Ministry has a fully-fledged Strategic Information Department (SID) that has four units namely, HMIS, M&E, Epidemiology and Research. The structure for the department follows the health care delivery structure of three levels, national, regional and facility levels. There are SID offices in all the levels responsible for data management.

Strategic Objectives
  • To establish and implement a legislative and policy framework for the optimal provision and use of health information.
  • To integrate and expand the data sources and systems to best meet the strategic health information needs of the country; Data sources are currently running parallel hence there is need to integrate.
  • To increase timely availability of high quality comprehensive health data from relevant sources;
  • To establish processes and structures to promote the effective use of health information in policy making, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.



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Context and Scope of health research in Swaziland

The current legal environment of Swaziland does not provide a framework for research. Therefore, the National Health Research Policy prioritizes health research and its effective coordination in the country. Having appreciated the imperative role research plays in quality health development and the urgent need for enhancing skilled local research capacity, the Ministry, in collaboration with World Health Organization Country Office, has developed a Health Research Policy. The policy provides a basis for promoting multidisciplinary research and this strategic plan is the vehicle through which the policy will be implemented.

Most research activities are done through the concerted efforts and programmatic priorities of MOH partners and stakeholders, often times by international and external parties who directly undertake, sponsor and support significant health services and systems strengthening research, clinical research, public health, primary care and socio-cultural research (the research 'pillars'). Health Research is an important public investment because it:
  • Produces health discoveries that lead to better health products, health-care services and stimulates sector-wide medical breakthroughs;
  • Provides evidence for sound health care decisions and policy-making;
  • Helps generate information on disease patterns, address health issues leading to a healthier, more productive population;
  • Helps address health system issues, improving quality, accessibility and sustainability;
  • Provides a source of expertise and leadership for adapting and applying new approaches and interventions;
  • Sustains health science and related education for our next generation of health service providers and health researchers;
  • Builds strong programs that attract excellent health researchers, faculty and students;
  • Provides opportunities for highly skilled jobs in the health sector; and offers the potential for innovative business opportunities and provincial economic growth.


Therefore, the Health Research Department within the Ministry of Health will facilitate, coordinate, guide, monitor and enthuse over health research. Building research capacity, productivity and culture around health research will also be a key component.

Country Context

Swaziland officially the Kingdom of Swaziland and sometimes called "Eswatini" is a culturally rich, peaceful and small landlocked country. Swaziland is a landlocked country with an estimated surface area of 17, 364km squared. The population stands at 1, 018,449 (Central Statistics Office (CSO), 2007) with about 78.9% residing in rural areas.

According to Demographic Health Survey (DHS 2007) estimates 26% of the Swazi reproductive population (15 – 49 years) is living with HIV. The Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS) (2012) also found that 31% of the age group 18 – 49 is living with HIV. In addition, Swaziland has the highest TB prevalence and incidence in world at 850 per 100 000 and 1320 per 100 000, respectively. This high disease burden has attracted external and local partners like bilateral; multilaterals, UN, international NGOs and civil society to intensify research activities in the context of the HIV. Despite the need, enthusiasm and engagement towards health research, the absence of national direction on this, a significant proportion of research has not effectively contributed to the development of appropriate solutions or provided evidence that leads to sound policy formulation.

Research is a systematic investigation and when applied to health, research is central to improving health care. Health research provides new knowledge into individual diseases and health systems structures, effectiveness, efficiencies and can be used to inform policies. While the National Health Strategic Plan provides for the establishment of research activities, but there is a weak national infrastructure and system for health research due to lack of a health research strategic plan.

Linkages to Global & National D&R Frameworks

Linkages to Global and National development and Research frameworks
The foundation of our National development and Research framework is based on global, regional and national frameworks and key guiding documents which include: The 2004 Ministerial Summit on Health Research, Mexico City; The 2008 Algiers Declaration on Research for health; Bamako Call to Action on Health Research 2008; WHO resolutions related to research; The African Union commitments; The National Development Strategy; National Health Policy; National Health Strategic Plan; Health Research Policy, 2014.

Contacts

Physical Address: Christian University Building, Office #, Mbabane, Swaziland

Postal Address: P.O Box 5 Mbabane, Swaziland

Phone: 2404 4905

Fax: none

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