CHNRI has taken the initiative to set research priorities in the field of child health and nutrition, and align research endeavor to local relevance and need. CHNRI aims at increasing the level of communication and discussion amongst personnel working towards furthering research on child health and nutrition, such as researchers, policymakers, donors, healthcare providers and non-governmental organizations.
Child Health and Nutrition Knowledge Network (CHNKN) is a novel initiative to achieve these objectives. This knowledge network will assist in bringing together scientists and implementing bodies to discuss the current evidence and future requirements for global, regional and national child health and nutrition. CHNKN also aims at assisting young researchers to interact with established and senior researchers and peers from their region and beyond.
Based on their published work, CHNRI invites researchers, clinicians and program managers to join the Child Health and Nutrition Knowledge Network (CHNKN) for furthering research priority setting, communication and capacity building, especially in developing countries. The network envisages collecting, collating and disseminating available information and knowledge to researchers, health practitioners and health functionaries working in different parts of the world. It plans to develop interest groups within the network by assembling technical experts who share common areas of interest.
The members of the CHNKN shall play critical role in stimulating discussion among the network community, contributing technically to analyzing and disseminating relevant knowledge and identifying gaps in the clinical and public health relevant issues that need further research.
Interaction among CHNKN members will be intellectually stimulating, will cross fertilize ideas, and give rise to innovations and generate large number of clinical and operational research questions. We expect CHNKN to stimulate the new generation researchers particularly in low and middle-income countries to imbibe the spirit of research in healthcare.
For this CHNRI has launched the CHNKN Discussion Forum, which is now active on the CHNRI website (http://www.chnri.org/forum_chnri.php)more>>
The CHNRI International Essay Competition 2009 was an endeavor in keeping with the spirit of CHNRI. The organizers of the essay competition were looking for the best examples of research translation into policy that improved child health and/or nutrition status at national, regional, or global level within the past 20 years. Of the many applicatons received from young researchers around the world, our reviewers recommended two joint winners. The winning essays are:
1.Introducing Sprinkles in Kyrgyzstan: From people’s mandate to national policy
Authors: Tobias Schueth (Kyrgyz-Swiss-Swedish Health Project/SDC/Sida), Elizabeth Lundeen (Kyrgyz-Swiss-Swedish Health Project/SDC/Sida) and Cholpon Imanalieva (UNICEF, Kyrgyzstan office)
2. Infant vitamin A supplementation - From research to policy
Author: Dr Samuel Newton (Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana)
Congratulations to the winners!
It was difficult for the reviewers to decide on the best essays, and the competition was close. We thank authors of the other essays for their intellectual contribution and enthusiastic participation.
(The winning essays are available to viewers for reading.)