This project is a part of the European Union’s ‘Supporting Public Health Institutes Programme’ (SPHIP) which is being implemented in eight countries including Bangladesh.



icddr,b is working closely with the Directorate General Health Services (DGHS), under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to enhance the capacity and skills of policy programme managers in the health sector so that they can easily access, assess, evaluate, adapt and apply research evidence in their settings to ensure evidence based health policy making in Bangladesh.


icddr,b is going to develop systematic review Centre at BSMMU in order to train human resource for systematic review and meta-analysis in the area of interest (NCDs and urban poor). Developing a national resource pool on systematic review is also another priority area of intervention.


Reliable health data is directly linked with people’s health care. District Health Information System (DHIS2) software is being used to collect and analyse aggregate data from government run health facilities. The project is supporting DGHS to generate flawless health data from different tiers of health facilities through this unique IT based health information system which will contribute in transforming data into evidence informed health policy making.



Institutional Capacity Building

Expected Outcomes

Individual Level Capacity

  • Development of training module and training curriculum on health systems research and evidence-informed policy making, and incorporated into DGHS and Civil Service training. 600-700 programme managers trained throughout the lifetime of the project.
  • Programme managers and health workers trained to use DHIS 2 health systems monitoring and evaluation.
  • Research and programme staff trained to postgraduate level in subjects appropriate to health planning, health policy, and public policy.
  • Systematic Review Centre, icddr,b, and BSMMU strengthened to undertake systematic reviews and meta-analysis;

Organization Level Capacity

  • Research to Policy Communication Cell of DGHS strengthened as both repository and communicator of high quality evidence for health policy decision-making; and thus leading to more evidence-informed communications and knowledge translation outputs.
  • icddr,b and DGHS strengthened to host an e-learning platform for use of data by programme managers; programme managers in health programmes

National Level Capacity

  • increased interaction between scientists, policy makers and general public leading to enhanced mutual understanding of evidence..
  • Public health institutions are more aware of concepts of gender, equity and social inclusion.
  • High quality, policy-relevant outputs from the Think Tank carry high salience within policy-making circles in Bangladesh