Knowledge Translation Directorate

Knowledge Translation Directorate (KTD) was introduced to Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) in its former name EHNRI, during business process re-engineering (BPR) in 2009. The aim is to translate knowledge from research to policy and practice. Thus, the Directorate is expected to lead the synthesis of evidence relevant to the Ethiopian health system and present it to potential users in a format appropriate to their needs thereby promoting the translation of evidence to action.

Since its establishment, the KTD has also served as the focal unit for international networks and projects such as the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet), the Supporting the Uptake of Research Evidence in African Health Systems (SURE) project, and Partnership for Evidence and Equity Responsive Social Systems (PEERSS) Project. The directorate is also a host of the JBI Affiliated group: Ethiopian Knowledge Translation center for Health.

Over the past decade, KTD has been engaged in preparing evidence brief for policy and conducting stakeholder’s/policy dialogues, systematic reviews, rapid reviews, and dissemination of synthesized evidence to the ministry of health (MoH) and other stakeholders.

Mission:

Our mission is to produce high-quality, relevant, accessible, and up-to-date synthesized research evidence and promote evidence-informed policy making.

Vision:

Our vision is to be a center of excellence in producing high-quality, relevant, and up-to-date synthesized research evidence to inform the decision-making process in the interest of improving the health of Ethiopians.

Objectives:

  • Packaging the best available research evidence to inform policy making
  • Capacity building of researchers, knowledge brokers, and policy makers on evidence-informed policy making (EIPM)

Main Activities:

  • Synthesizing evidence (using KT tools such as evidence briefs, rapid reviews, systematic reviews, and Health Technology Assessment)
  • Contextualizing of evidence and stakeholder engagement (using stakeholder’s dialogues and citizen panels)
  • Conducting capacity-building workshops on evidence synthesis and evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) including embedded support

Publications in journals:

Socio-cultural Beliefs and Practices Influencing Institutional Delivery Service Utilization in Three Communities of Ethiopia.

May 2019, A qualitative study See the source

Evidence briefs and dialogue reports:

  • Reducing Neonatal Mortality in Ethiopia: A Call for Urgent Action! May 2021

                Full Report    See the source 

                Executive Summary   See the source 

                Dialogue Report    See the source

  • Reducing Stunting in Ethiopia: “From Promise to Impact” April 2019

                 Full Report See the source 

                 Executive Summary See the source

                 Dialogue Report See the source

  • Improving Antenatal Care Services Utilization in Ethiopia. June 2016

                Full Report   See the source 

               Executive Summary   See the source 

               Dialogue Report   See the source

  • Improving the health workforce in remote and rural areas of Ethiopia: June 2016

             Full Report See the source  

            Executive Summary   See the source 

            Dialogue Report   See the source  

  • Ethiopia Improving Health Care Financing 2014

            Full Report    See the source 

            Executive Summary   See the source

            Dialogue Report    See the source 

  •  Ethiopia Improving skilled birth attendance 2014

           Full Report    See the source 

          Executive Summary   See the source 

          Dialogue Report    See the source 

  •  Ethiopia Improving Effectiveness of Health Extension Program 2014

         Full Report    See the source 

         Executive Summary   See the source 

         Dialogue Report    See the source 

  •  Prevention of Postpartum Haemorrhage in Rural Ethiopia: 2012

           Full Report   See the source 

Systematic reviews/Scoping reviews:

  • Potential therapeutic uses of Moringa stenopetala: a scoping review, 2020

A scoping review See the source 

  • Effect of mHealth in improving antenatal care utilization and skilled birth attendance in low and middle-income countries: Protocol for a systematic review, 2017

Protocol for a systematic review See the source 

  • The effect of male involvement on modern contraceptive use among married or in union women in developing countries: A protocol for Systematic Review, 2017

Protocol for a systematic review See the source 

  • Impact of conditional cash transfer on child nutritional outcomes among Sub-Saharan Africa Countries: a systematic review protocol, 2017

Protocol for a systematic review See the source  

  • Effect of salt iodization in pregnancy in preventing neonatal iodine deficiency disorders and adverse pregnancy outcomes in low-and middle- income countries: A systematic review

A systematic review   See the source

 Rapid reviews and evidence summaries:

  • Water Hyacinth Control Methods (March 2021, Rapid Evidence Review) See the source

Fortification of Staple Foods with Vitamin A (November 2020, Rapid Evidence Review) See the source 

  • COVID-19 Testing Prioritization: Recommendations for Ethiopia (Aug 2020, Rapid Evidence Review) See the source 
  • The use Computed Tomography for detecting COVID-19 (June 2020, Rapid Evidence Review)

See the source 

  • Management of mild and asymptomatic infected persons with COVID-19 virus (June 2020, Rapid Evidence Review) See the source 
  • Management of bodies of deceased persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (June 2020, Rapid Evidence Review) See the source 
  • Antibody tests in detecting SARS-COV-2 infection (June 2020, Evidence Summary) See the source 
  • Rapid Evidence Review on COVID-19 Pandemic to Inform Ethiopian Ministry of Health (April 2020) See the source 
  • Effectiveness of wearing face masks and implementation strategies for public use during COVID-19 (May 2020, Rapid Evidence Review) See the source
  • Effectiveness of Hand Hygiene Practices & Compliance, Against COVID-19: A Rapid Evidence Synthesis  See the source
  • Effectiveness and Safety of Convalescent Plasma Transfusion in the treatment of people with COVID-19 See the source

Issue Briefs:

  • Improving Salt Iodization quality and coverage in Ethiopia: Briefing Note for the Federal Ministry of Health: 2017 See the source  
  • Issue brief on pathophysiology and clinical manifestation for COVID-19 Pandemic (April 2020) See the source

Technology assessments:

  • Improving rural household’s access to safe water using solar water disinfection: Technology Brief Report: June 2017

Full Report   See the source

  • Improving Nutritional Status through Consumption of Quality Protein Maize in Ethiopia. Evidence-based Technology Brief: July 2016

           Full Report See the source   

           Dialogue Report See the source

  • Introducing Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria during Pregnancy for Ethiopia: Evidence brief, 2019

           Full Report See the source  

  • Introducing Intermittent Preventive treatment of malaria for under five children in Ethiopia: Evidence Brief, 2019

         Full Report See the source

    If you need to contact us for any information or inqureries feel free.

    ktd@ephi.gov.et

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