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An IRDI Professor Secured Prestigious International Research Grant from WHO-TDR

13 Jul 2021

A Professor of Clinical Epidemiology from the Institute for Research, Development, and Innovation (IRDI), Prof Cho Min Naing and her research team has been awarded a prestigious international research fund from WHO-TDR amounting to RM 121,149.00 to undertake a research titled “A Systematic Review of Good Practices Used to Engage Communities in Health Services Research in Neglected Tropical Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries of South-East Asia and the Pacific”.

Project Team Leader and Members
Team Leader Prof Cho Min Naing
Team Member Dr Htet Htet (School of Medicine, IMU)
Team Member Dr Wong Siew Tung (School of Medicine, IMU)
Team Member Dr Htar Htar Aung (School of Medicine, IMU)

The aims of the project are to characterise the types of community engagement in health services research using typology descriptors as well as to describe the mechanisms used by the researchers to engage with communities to respond to their community health service needs. Taking a duration of one year, the study consists of two interconnected methods, namely synthesis of research evidences and development of mini training modules.

First part of the study

This part of the study will be involved in the conducting of a systematic review, which is the systematic search for the relevant research data and evidences followed by appraisal and synthesis of the data to answer specific research questions.

Second part of the study

The second part of the study will be the development of micro-learning modules or a social innovation toolkit for implementation, drawing on the case studies and evidences from the systematic review.

Congratulations to Professor Cho and team!


WHO-TDR is a Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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