JBI Database of Systematic Review and Implementation Reports
September 2017 – Volume 15 – Issue 9
Navigating a new narrative for developing countries: rising strong
JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports . 15(9):2223-2224, September 2017.
…This issue of the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports includes three editorials that highlight both the potential impact and real challenge that implementation of evidence in policy and practice can have in African settings. Okwen refers to the “complex symphony of an evidence ecosystem that requires innovative approaches from evidence generation to evidence implementation”.4(p.2227) This beautifully crafted sentiment is echoed by Bayuo in his editorial related to evidence utilization in Ghana as he describes the parallel “worlds” within which the desire and practice of evidence based healthcare live, given the significant contextual challenges faced by those working in the African context.5
These insightful editorials are accompanied by a range of pragmatic articles6-10 related to the synthesis and implementation of a range of evidence that once again highlight the unique needs and challenges of health professionals in Africa and other low income countries, and the inimitable contexts within which it needs to be considered and utilized.
Despite these challenges I believe that, internationally, we are rising strong. Increasingly we are finding new and creative ways to work collaboratively, cooperatively, collectively, and with common vision and commitment to drive the evidence based healthcare agenda forward in developing regions. I am confident that the narrative is indeed changing and changing for the better.