The TWENDE Knowledge Translation (KT) training begun yesterday at the School of Medicine University of St. Andrews. Our theme is, ‘To be useful to society, research knowledge must be translated into policy and practice’.  Dr. Ewan Chirnside of the University of St. Andrews is leading the training and we are excited to have KT representatives from  Kenya and Tanzania. We are also happy to be joined by Mrs. Khadija Bah-Wakefield, an anthropologist and former World bank, UN and WHO expat, who was part of the WHO team that responded to the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa. She recently embarked on her PhD at the University of St. Andrews and is very keen at making effective global health policies. After the first session of KT training, Khadija said, ‘this is exactly what I want to do, to translate my anthropological research into policy and practice of public health and clinical medicine’. So were our representatives from Kenya and Tanzania who said, ‘we are determined to see knowledge translation become part of the main agenda of our institutions’.

The team is spending today in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland to meet with both commercial and non-commercial KT centres and learn how they go about translating research into policy and practice and or into commercial products. They will also be hosted by the Scottish parliament  to learn about how parliament integrates research evidence into policy making.

This is a great beginning and for East African TWENDE Network, the future can only be brighter.

TWENDE (grant number CSA2014-283) is funded by the EDCTP2 programme, which is supported under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation