From its early days, the CCGHR has been committed to coordination efforts to ensure that Canada-supported health researchers contribute to the strengthening of national health research systems in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). In 2012-2013 this commitment included the creation of Harmonization Databases on 10 countries, with the hopes of contributing to more collaboration among Canadian global health researchers and LMIC research partners.
In three of these countries, dynamic Country Partnerships have evolved and continue to thrive:
- Zambia-Canada Research Partnership
Contact persons: Alexandra Malloy, Fastone Goma, Madeleine Greig (hub manager, based at UBC-Okanagan)
- Tanzania-Canada Research Partnership
Contact persons: Karin Orsel, Jeremiah Sena, Didem Erman (hub manager, based at the University of Calgary)
- Ghana-Canada Research Partnership
Contact persons: Beryl Pilkington, Kofi Barimah, Bernard Boakye-Afram (hub manager, based at York University)
Other countries with Harmonization Databases that will be reviewed in 2018-2019 include Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mongolia, Nepal and Uganda. Note that a new database for Guinea is also under development.
Vic Neufeld and Kofi Barimah, UAC Working Group on Country Partnerships