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Table 6 Malawi national system of research for health index (MNSR4HI)

From: National health research system in Malawi: dead, moribund, tepid or flourishing?

Functions Actual score (A) Maximum score (B) Minimum score (C) Sub-function index (D) = (A-C)/(B-C)
Governance of research for health     
 National health policy 100 100 0 1
 National health sector strategic plan 100 100 0 1
 National policy on research for health 0 100 0 0
 Strategic plan on research for health 0 100 0 0
 Law governing research 95 100 0 0.95
 National research for health priority list/agenda 98 100 0 0.975
 National ethics review committee 90 100 0 0.9
 Institutional ethical review committees 88 100 0 0.875
 National R4H management forum 50 100 0 0.5
 National scientific research committee 50 100 0 0.5
Developing and sustaining resources     
 University colleges of health sciences conducting research 78 100 0 0.775
 Availability of memorandum of understanding between university and ministry of health (MoH) 38 100 0 0.375
 National health research institute(s) or council 0 100 0 0
 Private universities conducting research for health 15 100 0 0.15
 Health Management Information System doing regular monitoring and evaluation 50 100 0 0.5
 Health research programme at MoH 80 100 0 0.8
 National health research focal point 75 100 0 0.75
 Public health laboratories 48 100 0 0.475
 Libraries with access to latest journal issues 55 100 0 0.55
 Producing and using research     
 Existence of knowledge translation platform 40 100 0 0.4
 Peer reviewed publications per person in population (compared to AFR average) 38 100 0 0.375
 Use of research in development of new tools to improve health 25 100 0 0.25
 Availability of computers in research programme 73 100 0 0.725
 Availability of internet connectivity in research programme 83 100 0 0.825
 Number of technical staff in a research for health programme 45 100 0 0.45
Financing     
 Existence of a budget line in the health budget for research for health 60 100 0 0.6
 Progress towards the target of allocating 2% of national health budget on R4H 16 100 0 0.155
 Progress towards the target of allocating 5% of health-related project funding on research for health 8 100 0 0.075
 Existence of NGOs funding research 0 100 0 0
 Diversified research for health financial portfolio (public, industry, philanthropy) 35 100 0 0.35
Sum of sub-function indices (E)     15.3
Total Number of sub-functions (F)     30
MNSR4HI = [E/F)x100%     51
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