Achievements - in our own words
Chairman of ENRECA, Professor Ib Bygbjerg: "Danida has been among the first donors to focus on research capacity development in health through meaningful and equal partnerships with the South and also in actively supporting the establishment of the ENRECA Health network quite early. Now, with the Paris, Accra and Busan declarations, development assistance and research capacity are seen as interconnected components. ENRECA Health has since its beginning been at the forefront with regards to addressing topics such as research ethics, interdisciplinary PhD courses, and introducing new research areas such as health care systems in Africa in 1998 or ‘double burden of diseases' and Non-communicable diseases in 2001, 10 years before the UN General Assembly 'spotted' NCDs. ENRECA Health has also worked systematically with more traditional areas such as Mother and child health, malnutrition, malaria, HIV, TB. We have addressed many of the advances in health technology such as ACT, ART, point of care diagnostics, vaccinology, etc. In the future, there will be a strong need for innovation in the areas of advocacy, access, availability, and adherence. I personally hope to see an application of all the 'Advances'. If you have said 'A', you must also say 'B': namely 'Better performance of the systems to deliver. Most of those systems are still deplorably sick and inflexible, and we urgently need better utilization of human resources for health. Just like a healthy mind in a healthy body can be a goal, we must find the research basis for how to develop healthy systems which can truly promote public health".
ENRECA has been a catalyst for collaboration and idea generation which has generated new applications, research projects and joint publications. Different arrangement have gathered researchers and offered a ‘haven' for inter-institutional collaboration and creative thinking. Read more.
ENRECA has contributed to a more effective utilisation of research-based knowledge in decision-making processes, for example by facilitating processes to develop focused, accessible and feasible policy briefs. Read more.
ENRECA has a proven track record of bringing new global health challenges to the public agenda. It has also contributed to ensuring that international health plays an important role in Denmark's development cooperation.
By gathering expertise across disciplines, ENRECA generates high potential to spotlight the emerging health challenges. Many of the hot topics of today's global health debate were already discussed by the Network a decade ago. This has contributed to ensuring that Danish research in global health is of high quality and provides evidence-based policy advice.