The following projects illustrate how teams across Latin America and the Caribbean are using the eLearning courses and research resources available through The Global Health Network to train their research teams, and guide the design and development of their research studies.
The first exemplar project reflects a 12-month methodology and impact assessment programme led by a team in Honduras. Four groups were established within this project in order to contribute to enabling ethical and quality research in Honduras and the Central American and Caribbean sub-region. This project sought to develop insight and understanding of process improvement throughout the research cycle. These groups aimed to develop a training program on research methodology and ethics and present a research project, starting with the proposal, including the ethical approval process and aspects of study conduct.
To further strengthen the collaboration established with Brazilian institutions, the REDe Network has partenered with a team from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte to progress a second exemplar project focusing on Early powered mobility helping to improve the lives of children with Congenital Zika Syndrome in Brazil (Go ZIKA Go). The initial focus was to build tailor-made toy cars for 5 children with Congenital Zika Syndrome who receive rehabilitation services at the Clinical School in Santa Cruz and to test the effect of a low-cost early mobility intervention on a range of developmental outcomes, autonomy and participation in this group of children.