How we work

The slide illustrates a “global health regime”. The broad base is the whole population with its health needs, ideas of acceptable services and its burden of obstacles like poverty. The professional layer has clear ideas of pathology, pathogenicity and treatment, and sometimes also of prevention. The leadership organizes the services according to economic and technical means. Interaction between layers is often lacking or one-directional.

The professional layer has some communication with the political leadership within the frames of academia and of public health services. These define themselves as either “doers” or “knowers” and the role of an “Epi-lab” is one of bringing the two together. The health system has direct access to health workers and facilities, and account for their activities through a multitude of data.

The academia has a number of research students but experienced teachers and funds for data collection are scarce. Epi-lab provides a neutral place for persons from academia and health services to sit down, describe challenges, modulate these to researchable issues and make a joint plan of action where health services provide data and sites, and academia provides research students and supervisors with methodological competence. The outcome is highly efficient, by definition relevant, has low cost and is secured implementation

 

Epi-Lab intends to contribute to the future of Sudan.