How to Bridge the “Knowledge-action Gap” in Public Health

Malaria has been eliminated from parts of the world for decades, yet somewhere between 350 to 500 million people continue to be infected annually, and about one million people die of malaria each year, mostly children in Africa.

This project explores the effectiveness of different global institutional arrangements for closing the knowledge-action gap to improve health in developing countries. It seeks to identify the most important barriers to effective mobilization of science and technology for health; to discover information that can be generalized about “what works” among possible institutional arrangements; and to suggest policies to sustain and broaden the impact of such institutions. The project takes as its main case study the international response to malaria, an effort that has spanned over a century and provides a microcosmic view of the evolution of the global health system.


Publications & Related Links

Bloom, Barry and Nicole Szlezak. 2008. Closing the Knowledge-Action Gap in Global Health: The Need for Institutions. (pdf)

Szlezak, Nicole. 2008. Evolution and Governance of Malaria Control Institutions. (pdf)

Moon, Suerie. 2009. Medicines as Global Public Goods: The Historical Evolution of and Contemporary Debates on Technological Innovation for Global Health. CID Graduate Student and Research Fellow Working Paper No. 36, Center for International Development, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University. (pdf)

Szlezak, Nicole. 2008. Evaluating Malaria Burden, Trends, and the Impact of Control Programs: A Brief Meeting Report. World Health Organization. Meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Malaria. Harvard School of Public Health, May 8-9, 2008. (pdf)

Meky, Saleh. 2008. Malaria Control in Eritrea: A Success Story. (pdf)

Keusch, Geralad and Wen Kilama. 2008. Malaria Research. (pdf)

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