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Table 1 Description of structures in charge of research within the Ministries of Health (MoHs), ECOWAS member states, 2012

From: The state of the research for health environment in the ministries of health of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS)

  (Number of countries
  out of fourteen)
The structure in charge of research within the MoH  
Direction 7
Division 4
Service 1
Unit 2
Existence of terms of reference for the structure in charge of research 13
Existence of an organogram for the structure in charge of research 11
The head of the structure in charge of research is  
Medical Doctor 7
Another Health Official 7
The head of the structure in charge of research at the MoH is experienced in the conduct of research 12
Have staff of the department received training in the area of governance and management of health research 1
The functions of the structure in charge of research at the Ministry of Health are:  
a) To provide governance (development of policy documents) of the national health research system 14
b) To manage the national health research system (planning and implementation of daily activities) 13
c) To coordinate research activities 14
d) To ensure capacity building of the actors in the system 11
e) To ensure monitoring and evaluation of the system activities 11
f) Conduct research for the MoH 9
Existence of a budget line for the structure in the budget of the MoH 5
Existence of technical and financial partners working with you in the research department 6
Is the research department taking part in a multi-country project? 7
Does the research department belong to a network? 5
Does the network promote capacity building? 6
Do the heads of the research departments attend national/regional/international conferences on health research? 13