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#8 Fostering global policy change

To celebrate the Academy’s 20th birthday, we have put together a snapshot of 20 of our biggest impacts. To find out more about our 20th celebrations and our future plans, read this blog by our President Professor Sir Robert Lechler, and follow #AMS20 on social media.

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#8 Fostering global policy change

“Science works best when it is an international effort. If we want to solve the pressing global health challenges that the world faces, we need to support the continued development of research capacity in low and middle income countries.

“The Academy works hard to help share UK expertise, and provide training and support to talented researchers from developing countries. This is good not only for global health, but also for the UK - ensuring that UK researchers can learn from the expertise and experience of their international colleagues.”

Professor Charlotte Watts FMedSci, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development

Our Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)-supported policy work has brought together researchers and policy makers from around the globe, helping overseas medical academies in low and middle income countries to strengthen their role in evidence-based policy making by hosting international scientific meetings on key global health challenges.

These meetings catalyse policy work at our international partners, supporting them to become driving forces for change in their region.

In 2016, we ran a meeting on multimorbidity (people facing multiple serious illnesses) in South Africa, which enabled the Academy of Science of South Africa to leverage meetings with the South African Medical Research Council, Department of Health and World Health Organization. Attendees at our 2016 meeting on rapid diagnostic tests were empowered to set up a joint national venture to support using rapid diagnostic tests for TB with major local partners in Morocco.

Recent GCRF meeting topics include paediatric neurodevelopment in Brazil in 2017 and priorities for maternal and child health research in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018.

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