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Table 5 Enabling and constraining factors for health research in medical research councils or health research institutes

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

Enabling factors Number of countries n= 10
Requirement of research for graduation 2
Proclamation and institutional support 1
Availability of small grants 2
Internationally recognized 1
Research policy support 3
Political support 2
Existence of research coordination & evaluation mechanism 1
Constraining factors  
Shortage of funding 3
Lack of network for dissemination 2
Deficiency in research capacity/skills 2
Lack of health research networking at national and international levels 2
Lack of incentives for researchers & deficiency of health research facilities 2
Lack of utilization of research results 1