Public Health Association Conducts Health Research Methods And Ethics Training
The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) conducted Health Research Methods and Ethics Training from October 12-21, 2015 at Bahir Dar town.
Mr. Semegnew Mengistu, Deputy Executive Director of EPHA, warmly welcomed the participants. The training was then officially opened by Mr. Wondimu Gebeyehu, head of Regional Health Research and Laboratory at the Amhara Region Health Bureau, Bahir Dar.
In his keynote address, Mr. Semegnew Mengistu stressed that EPHA, as part of its project activity, is committed to stimulate scientific research in the country. To this end, EPHA has contributed a lot in building capacities and competencies of its professional members. It has also actively participated in the development of curricula and guidelines for the entire nation.
“EPHA has been providing health research methods and ethics training with the objective of improving the understanding and skills of researchers and practitioners in designing and conducting operational research at different levels,” Semegnew added.
The training was designed to enable health professionals to improve their capabilities in research designing, planning and implementation. It was also meant to give an opportunity for trainees to develop a research proposal as part of it.
In his closing speech Mr. Ayelegn Mulualem, Head of the Amhara Regional Health Bureau stated that EPHA has been engaged in areas of capacity building, promoting professional standards, advocating health issues and advancing the conduct of researches in public health which are all helpful in strengthening the public health system of the country.
Nineteen health professionals drawn from different universities and health sectors including Semera, Debretabor, Axum, and Benishangul Universities, Tseda Health Science College, Saint Paul Millinium Medical College, zonal health departments and health facilities in the stated regions have attended the training.
About 500 members of EPHA have been trained in health research methods and ethics since the training program was launched in 2006.