SAVING Consortium through its Work Package (WP) 5, led by the Swiss TPH organized a 2-day stakeholders engagement and knowledge translation workshop on the 8th and 9th of June 2023 at the Ange Hill Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The workshop was in line with the WP’s objectives to:
- assemble emerging new knowledge along project implementation and assure transparent and systematic information of project stakeholders by evidence, including when evidence is weak or anecdotal.
- identify ‘opportunity windows’ for management and policy uptake and decision-making related to the project’s research findings and promote the development of evidence synthesis.
The focus of the first day of the workshop was to explore the decision space for the introduction of new health technologies in Ghana and the contributions of SAVING.
Participants of the workshop on the first day included external and internal stakeholders of the Ministry of Health, Food and Drug Authority and University of Health and Allied Sciences. The workshop was kick-started with presentations by the WP leads on the overview of the SAVING project and progress with the activities of each WP.
Prof. Bosch-Capblanch, a member of WP 5 and lead facilitator for the workshop presented preliminary findings of an ongoing stakeholder analysis aimed at analyzing and understanding roles and responsibilities based on the cross-institutional stakeholder analysis to support planning and communication activities. Out of a total of 163 listed stakeholders, those with valid emails were 121 of which only 22 have responded so far after 3 reminders were sent. This workshop also offered the final chance to stakeholders who were yet to respond to fill out the questionnaire on the spot so that interim findings can be validated and disseminated.
The preliminary findings suggested that most stakeholders consider themselves to know a lot about the SAVING research and issues related to the introduction of the RTS,S malaria vaccine. New interventions reported to have been recently introduced in Ghana included COVID-19 vaccines, Meningitis vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine, Mosquito nets, Carbetocin for post-partum haemorrhage, Eastern Ghana Perform2Scale and the MedSafety mobile app.