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Table 2 Policy dialogues about improving malaria treatment

From: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 14: Organising and using policy dialogues to support evidence-informed policymaking

Two EVIPNet teams, one in Burkina Faso and one in Cameroon, convened national policy dialogues to support a full discussion of relevant considerations (including research evidence) about how to support the widespread use of artemisinin-based combination therapy to treat uncomplicated falciparum malaria.
The dialogue in Burkina Faso brought together 38 stakeholders in May 2008 to discuss this problem, three options to address it, and key implementation considerations. The insights derived from the policy dialogue directly informed the preparation of the Burkina Faso government's successful application to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Held in January 2009, the dialogue in Cameroon included almost twice the number of stakeholders involved in Burkina Faso, and worked through the particular features of the same problem of malaria treatment in Cameroon, three options appropriate to the problem, as well as related implementation considerations. This group was divided into four smaller 'working groups' for each set of deliberations. The dialogue received significant media attention and increased the likelihood of meaningful action in the following months.