Rapid Knowledge Translation Approach for Better SRHR in Bangladesh, Burundi, Indonesia, and Jordan

To avoid morbidity and mortality associated with sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and to ensure access to rights, it is crucial to translate knowledge into policy and practice. Current methods of information translation are frequently quite rigid and implicitly presuppose linear processes, which results in laborious procedures that are not adapted to the demands of different nations.

In Burundi, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Jordan; SRHR knowledge platforms created and put into practice a Collaborative Rapid Improvement Model for Knowledge Translation (CRIM-KT). The strategy involved learning sessions and action times with the goal of strengthening laws and procedures to stop child marriage and teen pregnancies. A participatory action learning technique was used throughout the deployment to assess the strategy (September 2017 and January 2019). To record the procedure, results, and lessons learned, a final evaluation was carried out using a desk review of the project documentation, in-depth interviews, and a focus group discussion.

The research’s findings gave us a complete understanding of the varied national strategies for translating SRHR knowledge. A local government policy in Indonesia was modified in order to avoid misinterpretation of a local cultural practice, which tries to prevent child marriage. In Jordan, changes in practice followed the cabinet’s approval of a national action plan to prevent child marriage. There have been no notable modifications to SRHR policy or practice in Burundi. In order to prevent child marriage, Bangladeshi practises evolved through improving coordination for cooperation and exchange among stakeholders. The method significantly improved participants’ abilities to translate knowledge across nations.

In a variety of settings and over a relatively short period of time, the CRIM-KT produced advances in policy and practice. This can be explained by the methodical, organised, and participative strategy, which enables stakeholders’ participation and contextual adaptation, as well as cross-learning on two levels (international and country collaboration teams). To increase knowledge translation procedures, the CRIM-guiding KT’s principles may be further expanded and implemented in various areas of global health.

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Reference: 

Meijers, K., van der Kwaak, A., Aqel, I., Borst, R., Jenniskens, F., Radyowijati, A., Chakrabarty, A., Nzeyimana, E., Sawitri, E. and Tromp, N., 2022. Using a Rapid Knowledge Translation Approach for Better Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Bangladesh, Burundi, Indonesia, and Jordan. Global Health: Science and Practice10(2).

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