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1 CAPACITY BUILDING FOR HEALTH RESEARCH Humpress Harrington Pacific Adventist University (Atoifi)

2 THEORY WORKSHOP The first workshop was in September 2009 and taught research theory. A good number of people attended (102) Ran for 5 days Morning session in Pijin and night session in English Regular monitoring and evaluation of sessions led to changes to content and process (one minute reflections) Everyone could attend; not just health professionals

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6 LEARN BY DOING The theory was interesting but people wanted to learn how to actually do research (conduct simple research) The next workshop (2011) and the subsequent workshops (2012, 2013, 2014) used the “Learn by doing Model” This proved to be a highly effective and productive way of doing health research at the local level.

7 GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY APPROACH From the beginning the community have been actively involved Community’s opinion valued Involvement of broad range of community leaders and others (e.g. Nurses, student nurses, Paramedics, Custom chiefs, church leaders, primary & secondary teachers, women’s group and youths) Responding to local health concerns Community members involved in designing and conducting research projects Use of Kwaio language, Pijin and English.

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9 PRACTICAL OUTCOMES Conference presentations Publications Attract research funds Scholarships and fellowships Culturally relevant health care service (TB ward) Mutual benefit to all researchers including people from Australia.

10 Publications International Journal for Equity in Health 2010;9:25.

11 ATTRACTING FUNDS Telling people about the research results is very important, but to be noticed the results have to be published in the health literature. Atoifi team has attempted to publish all the research results. This has put Atoifi in a very good position to apply for research funding and scholarships. The largest grant that we have received - is WHO-TDR grant for research capacity building in communicable diseases.

12 SCHOLARSHIP & FELLOWSHIP If you present your results in a peer reviewed publications, it makes individuals very competitive in applying for scholarships and fellowships.

13 ATOIFI PUBLICATIONS (13) 1.Bradbury R, Speare R. Passage of Meloidogyne spp. eggs in human stool - Forgotten, but not gone. Journal of Clinical Microbiology (epub). 2.Harrington H, Asugeni R, MacLaren D. Inter-Island referrals in Solomon Islands: a remote hospital perspective. Rural and Remote Health 2013;13: Harrington H, Asugeni J, Jimuru C, Gwalaa J, Ribeyro E, Bradbury R, Joseph H, Melrose W, MacLaren D, Speare R. A practical strategy for responding to a case of lymphatic filariasis post-elimination in Pacific Islands. Parasites and Vectors 2013;6: H Harrington, R Asugeni, D MacLaren. Inter-Island referrals in Solomon Islands: a remote hospital perspective. Rural and Remote Health 2013; Harrington H, Taolo L, MacLaren D. Triathalon in the tropics - South Pacific style. Chapter 10. Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity (eds. Edwards A, Leicht A). Nova Science Publishers. 2014: Massey PD, Asugeni R, Wakageni J, Kekeubata E, Maena'aadi J, Laete'esafi J, Waneagea J, Asugeni V, Maclaren D, Speare R. Steps on a journey to TB control in Solomon Islands. A cross-sectional, mixed methods pre-post evaluation of a local language story-based DVD about TB. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2015;15:1. 7.Massey PD, Asugeni R, Wakageni,J, Kekeubata E, Maena’aadi J, Laete’esafi J, Waneagea J, Harrington H, Fangaria G, MacLaren D, Speare R. Progress towards TB control in East Kwaio, Solomon Islands. Rural and Remote Health 2013;13:2555..

14 ATOIFI PUBLICATIONS (13) 8.Massey PD, Wakageni J, Kekeubata E, Maena’adi J, Laete’esafi J, Waneagea J, Fangaria G, Jimuru C, Houaimane M, Talana J, MacLaren D, Speare R. TB questions, East Kwaio answers: community-based participatory research in a remote area of Solomon Islands. Rural and Remote Health 2012;12: Oloifana-Polosovai H, Gwala J, Harrington H, Massey PD, Ribeyro E, Flores A, Speare C, McBride E, MacLaren D, Speare R. A marked decline in the incidence of malaria in a remote region of Malaita, Solomon Islands, 2008 to Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal 2014;5(3): Redman-MacLaren ML, MacLaren DJ, Asugeni R, Fa’anuabae CE, Harrington H, Muse A, Speare R, Clough AR. “We can move forward”: challenging historical inequity in public health research in Solomon Islands. International Journal for Equity in Health 2010;9: Redman-MacLaren ML, MacLaren DJ, Solomon J, Muse A, Asugeni R, Harrington H, Ketuabata E, Speare R, Clough AR. Research workshop to research work: initial steps in establishing health research systems on Malaita, Solomon Islands. Health Research Policy and Systems 2010;8: Redman-MacLaren ML, MacLaren DJ, Humpress H, Asugeni R, Timothy-Harrington R, Kekeubata K, Speare R. Mutual research capacity strengthening: a qualitative study of two-way partnerships in public health research in Solomon Islands. International Journal of Equity in Health 2012;11: Speare R, Harrington H, Canyon D, Massey PD. A systematic literature review of pediculosis due to head lice in Pacific Island Countries and Territories: What country specific research on head lice is needed? BMC Dermatology 2014;14:11. Submitted and under review: Harrington H, Bradbury R, Taeka J, Asugeni J, Asugeni V, Igeni T, Gwalaa J, Newton L, Fa`anuabae CE, Kilivisi FL, Esau D, Flores A, Ribeyro E, Liku D, Muse A, Asugeni L, Talana J, Shield J, MacLaren DJ, Massey PD, Muller R, Speare R. Prevalence of soil transmitted helminths in remote villages in East Kwaio, Solomon Islands. Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal MacLaren DJ, Redman-MacLaren M, Timothy Harington R, Asugeni R, Muse E, Jimuru E, Moutoa K, Speare R. HIV knowledge and attitudes: Local evidence for a local response in a remote Solomon Islands health service. Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal.

15 OTHER SIGNIFICANT OUTCOMES Individuals gained research skills Institutional research capacity strengthened Brought the community people and the hospital into much closer collaboration and working together PAU campus established Research and Public Health Nurse positions established by AAH

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