A New Kind of Partnership for Health Development
AMREF-Kenya, together with McMaster University-affiliated researchers operating through Salama SHIELD Foundation and the Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre, have formed a unique partnership to enhance not only AMREF's capacities but those of local, less-experienced NGOs in their endeavours to design, disseminate, and evaluate health and development programs predicated on the best evidence available. The relationship between the partners is one of shared and mutual benefit. It is not based a the simple transfer of technical capabilities from the North to the South. Through regular, ongoing, and interactive communication and research activities with AMREF personnel, McMaster-affiliated research faculty as well as McMaster graduate students are tempering their theoretical understandings of health and development because of their exposure to community-based project experiences in Kenya. AMREF-Kenya program officers, on the other hand, are benefiting from the theoretical resources accessible through this partnership -- i.e., knowledge of relevant intervention design procedures, evaluation techniques, problem-based learning principles, and advances in health and development theory. AMREF-Canada intends to utilize these lessons learned in development education fora, workshops, and conferences that it sponsors with Canadian health and development NGOs.