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Defining Research to Improve Health Systems

  • Jan H. F. Remme,

    Affiliation: UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Taghreed Adam,

    Affiliation: The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Francisco Becerra-Posada,

    Affiliation: Council on Health Research for Development, Mexico City, Mexico

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  • Catherine D'Arcangues,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Michael Devlin,

    Affiliation: Council on Health Research for Development, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Charles Gardner,

    Affiliation: Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Abdul Ghaffar,

    Affiliation: The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Joachim Hombach,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Initiative for Vaccine Research, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Jane F. K. Kengeya,

    Affiliation: UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Anthony Mbewu,

    Affiliation: Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Michael T. Mbizvo,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Zafar Mirza,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Department of Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Tikki Pang,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Department of Research Policy and Cooperation, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Robert G. Ridley,

    Affiliation: UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Fabio Zicker,

    Affiliation: UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Robert F. Terry mail

    terryr@who.int

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Department of Research Policy and Cooperation, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Published: November 16, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001000

About the Authors

Jan H. F. Remme, Jane F. K. Kengeya, Robert G. Ridley, Fabio Zicker
UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Geneva, Switzerland
Taghreed Adam, Abdul Ghaffar
The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Geneva, Switzerland
Francisco Becerra-Posada
Council on Health Research for Development, Mexico City, Mexico
Catherine D'Arcangues, Michael T. Mbizvo
World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Geneva, Switzerland
Michael Devlin
Council on Health Research for Development, Geneva, Switzerland
Charles Gardner, Anthony Mbewu
Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva, Switzerland
Joachim Hombach
World Health Organization, Initiative for Vaccine Research, Geneva, Switzerland
Zafar Mirza
World Health Organization, Department of Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, Geneva, Switzerland
Tikki Pang, Robert F. Terry
World Health Organization, Department of Research Policy and Cooperation, Geneva, Switzerland

Corresponding Author

Email: terryr@who.int

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. The views expressed here are those of the authors and not of the organization they represent.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: RFT JHFR TA FBP CD MD CG AG JH JFKK AM MTM ZM TP RGR FZ. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: RFT JHFR TA FBP CD MD CG AG JH JFKK AM MTM ZM TP RGR FZ. Conceived and designed the experiments: RFT JHFR CD MD CG JH MTM TP RGR. Wrote the first draft: RFT JHFR FBP CD MD CG JH MTM TP RGR. Wrote the paper: RFT JHFR TA FBP CD MD CG AG JH JFKK MTM ZM TP RGR FZ. Developed original concept: JHFR CD MD CG JH MTM TP RGR RFT. Commented on drafts: TA FBP AG JFKK ZM FZ.