COVID-19 Research Fund in Ghana

COVID-19 Research Fund in Ghana

The Research and Grant Institute of Ghana launched the COVID-19 Research Fund to support multidisciplinary research into COVID-19 in Ghana, West Africa. The research projects supported by the Fund would contribute to the global call to address COVID-19 with both local and international empirical evidence.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has projected that African countries will be hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. With reports of increasing rate of confirmed cases of the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in sub-Saharan Africa, the time is apt for sustained discussions and implementation of measures to prevent, contain and treat COVID-19 cases in Ghana. Among the recommended measures is substantial investment in research and science to generate empirical data to support evidence-based decision. 

However, research into COVID-19 in Africa is severely hampered by lack of funds. As a result, pertinent research issues relating to COVID-19 in Ghana has not been granted the needed scholarly attention largely because of funding issues.

The Fund will support research projects underpinned by the WHO’s COVID-19 Global Research Roadmap and Global Coordinating Mechanism (GCM) for R&D in epidemics, the Global Infectious Disease Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R) and national research needs. The funded projects will support the efforts of government to prevent, contain and treat COVID-19 cases in the country.

 

PRIORITY AREAS FOR COVID-19 RESEARCH FUND

Some of the research priorities for support by the Fund include:

TRANSMISSION DYNAMICS: Research that will increase our understanding of the nature and transmission of the virus. These include environmental and sociocultural conditions associated with transmission (e.g. temperature and humidity; seasonality) epidemiological time delays (e.g. onset to illness or onset to case detection delay, onset to hospitalization), and what impact does this have on epidemic doubling time.

COVID-19 SUSCEPTIBILITY AND SEVERITY: Research to understand the susceptibility of different populations stratified by demographics and health status (underlying health conditions, etc). Others include vulnerable and marginalised groups, such as the street hawkers, homeless and drug users. Research to delineate the severity profile of the disease (i.e., spectrum of the clinical manifestations of disease from mild to severe) and strength of public health response required based on the profile.

CONTROL AND MITIGATION MEASURES: Research that will increase our understanding of the effectiveness of social distancing measures, the community mitigation measures that can best reduce local spread of disease, the control and mitigation measures associated with reduced the effective reproductive, and the effectiveness of personal measures such as social distancing and face masks/PPE.

CLINICAL CHARACTERIZATION AND MANAGEMENT: Research to understand pathophysiology of COVID-19 infection, including understanding mild disease and the role of co-infections, prognostic factors for severe disease and improve processes of care, including early diagnosis, discharge criteria.

INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL: Research that will enable better understanding of  effectiveness of restriction of movement of healthy exposed and infected persons to prevent secondary transmission (home, congregate setting, geographical restriction vs nothing), Effectiveness of specific PPE to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among health professionals, patients and individuals in the community, effectiveness of activities to minimize the role of the environment in COVID-19 transmission and factors and methods influencing compliance with evidence-based IPC interventions during outbreak response.

PUBLIC HEALTH: Research to improve our understanding of the relevant, feasible, effective approaches to promote acceptance, uptake, and adherence to public health measures for COVID-19 prevention and control; and how secondary impacts can be rapidly identified and mitigated.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION: Research to understand the most effective ways to address the underlying drivers of fear, anxieties, rumours, stigma regarding COVID-19, and how to improve public knowledge, awareness, and trust during the response.

CARE, ACCESS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS: Research into the relevant, acceptable and feasible approaches for supporting the physical health and psychosocial needs of those providing care for COVID-19 patients.

HEALTHCARE DELIVERY: These include;

  • Evaluation of innovations in health and social care delivery prompted by the pandemic, which can be generalised and actioned in the pandemic context.
  • Evaluation of implementation, acceptability and feasibility of workforce interventions to support physical and mental health wellbeing.
  • Evaluation of different approaches to resource use and deployment of the workforce across the whole health and social care eco-system.
  • Research to support ensuring and optimising access to health and social care services by people from different sociodemographic groups and ethnic groups.

DIAGNOSTICS - Rapid point of care diagnostics for use at the community level. Proposals will need to robustly justify their added value, in the context of significant existing activity, and to provide strong evidence in terms of deliverability and route to commercialisation, at scale and speed.

DONATING TO THE FUND

Donate to the Fund using any of the following means

Bank Transfer

Bank name:               GCB

Account holder:         Research and Grant Institute of Ghana

Account number:      1031010026861

Branch:                       Legon

Bank address:           P. O Box 134; No. 2 Thorpe Road, High Street, Accra, Ghana

SWIFT code:            GHCBGHAC

Bank Sort code:        040103

 

Mobile Money Transfer

Name: Research and Grant Institute of Ghana

Number: 0558631609

 

Cheque

Payable to Research and Grant Institute of Ghana

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Name:

Position

Dr. Samuel Adjorlolo

Executive Director

Telephone:

0204197158/0558631609

Email:

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Website:

www.regig.org

 


The REGIG is an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to promoting the generation, dissemination, and utilization of research to facilitate the socioeconomic development of Ghana and to contribute to global scientific discourse.

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