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Table 2 Existence and functioning of national research coordination mechanisms

From: Status of national health research systems in ten countries of the WHO African Region

Research coordination mechanisms Number of countries n= 10
Existence of a functional NHRS 3
NHRS has clear terms of reference 2
Existence of a functional national health research management forum (NHRMF) 2
NHRMF has clear terms of reference 2
Existence of a functional ethical review committee (ERC) 6
ERC has written terms of reference 6
Scientific review committee (SRC) exists 4
SRC has written terms of reference 3
Existence of health institutions with institutional review committees (IRC) 5
Existence of hospitals with ERCs to review clinical research proposals 2
Existence of a national health research focal point 8
Existence of national guidelines on development of collaboration agreements on health research involving health institutions and agencies outside the country 0
Existence of a national network of health research and development (NNHRD) that includes universities 3
Existence of a NNHRD that includes medical research councils or institutes 3
Existence of a NNHRD that includes representatives of nongovernmental hospitals 2
Existence of a NNHRD that includes provincial/regional medical officers of health 3
Existence of a NNHRD that includes district medical officers of health 3
Existence of a NNHRD that includes national medical association 3