On July 31, 2018 through August 1, 2018, RAN facilitated a Fellowship Training in Research Methods for 10 innovators who are part of the 5 incubations currently receiving capacity building support from the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) in Uganda. This is the second phase of this Fellowship Training. Details about the SIHI are shared and accessible on https://socialinnovationinhealth.org/.

Launched in 2014, SIHI is spearheaded by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, hosted at the World Health Organization. It is a network of passionate individuals and institutions putting together their skills and resources in support of key activities to promote social innovation in health. The platform seeks to advance social innovation in health in the developing countries, with the ultimate goal of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In Uganda, the platform is led by Dr. Phyllis Awor, a Lecturer at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and it has mapped out three core activities (Fellowships) for implementation. These include:

  1. Fellowship on the Innovation Process
  2. Fellowship in Research Methods
  3. Fellowship on Project Management

RAN was also part of the first fellowship on innovation and was invited to host and facilitate the second fellowship to introduce the innovators to Research Methods- how do innovators leverage research to register impact in the communities? The two-day training was facilitated by Dr. Roy William Mayega; RAN Deputy Chief of Party, Dr. Julius Ssentongo; RAN Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab Program Coordinator, Mr. Nathan Tumuhamye, Director RAN Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab and Ms. Christine Muhumuza, RAN Research Officer.

Facilitating at the workshop, Dr. Mayega noted that the private sector has a higher appetite for research because they want to know that something works before they invest in it. It is therefore paramount that all innovators work towards ensuring that their proposed solutions actually address the actual community challenges.

SIHI’s implementing partners include the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of the Philippines, University of Malawi, Makerere University, University of Cape Town and the Pan American Health Organization. We are all looking forward to the day when we shall launch one of the Social Health Innovations in the market for the benefit of all those in need.