It was an interesting picture of teamwork and collaboration when Work Package 4, Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and Work Package 2, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) brought together participants for a capacity building programme at Erata Hotel, Accra on 29 and 30 August 2021.
In line with Work Package 4’s activity to identify implementation challenges associated with the introduction of the Med Safety App, the FDA initiated a stakeholder mapping and analysis exercise which culminated in the development of a comprehensive concept paper that is expected to guide the process of broader stakeholder engagements within the context of implementation research. The Med Safety App is a key intervention to enhance pharmacovigilance in Ghana and introduce best strategies that are robust, efficient and user-friendly to enable patients/consumers and healthcare workers report safety issues of medicines, vaccines and other health products.
To kick-start these stakeholder engagements, the SAVING Consortium project organized a two-day capacity building program on stakeholder engagements and implementation research protocols which introduced participants to the concept of implementation research and the various methodologies. Throughout the course, it was underscored that the ultimate aim of implementation research was to utilize evidence-based decision making to achieve effective delivery of new health technologies and interventions, i.e., “delivering the promise”.