Hararghe Health Research Partnership (HHR) is a collaborative effort between Haramaya University (HU) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to the advancement of Health Sciences research through strengthening research and surveillance capacity, ensure best practice in research and inform health policy in maternal and child health in Ethiopia.
Haramaya University is one of the pioneers of higher education in Ethiopia based on an agreement from 1952 to establish the Imperial College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts, which became Haramaya University. Presently, Haramaya University has eleven Colleges and hosts more than 30,000 students. It strives to be one of the leading African universities and to gain an international reputation for excellence by the year 2025.
Haramaya University has been conducting research over six decades, with particular focus in the fields of agriculture, nutrition, health and medical sciences. It publishes several journals, including the East African Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences, which focuses on health and medicine.
The College of Health and Medical Sciences is actively engaged in teaching, research and community service activities. Harar and Kersa Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems and Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital give the College of Health and Medical Sciences a strong platform for teaching and research activities.
The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) was formally established as an independent institution in 2014 – building on the strong foundation of the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI) that was created in 1996.Working closely with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders, EPHI provides evidence-based information for public health policy formation and resource allocation through the key functions of disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and control, health information analysis, research, training, health promotion, and laboratory science.The Institute conducts research on the causes and spread of disease, nutrition, traditional medicine and medical practices and modern medicines. Through this, it supports activities to improve health in the country. It also contributes to the development of health science and technology, and is mandated to serve as a referral medical laboratory for the occurrence, prevention and diagnosis of major diseases of public health importance, and to establish and support National Laboratory Quality Assurance programs and systems.
With responsibility and authority for aggregating and centralizing public health functions within Ethiopia and promoting health security, EPHI is well positioned to achieve major national health goals and improve health outcomes for the country’s population.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health.
LSHTM’s mission is to improve health and health equity in the United Kingdom and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.
Founded by Sir Patrick Manson in 1899, LSHTM is now part of the University of London and has expanded in recent years at its two main sites on Keppel Street and Tavistock Place. LSHTM’s multidisciplinary expertise includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists. LSHTM works with partners worldwide to support the development of teaching and research capacity, and alumni work in more than 180 countries.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has established a partnership with Haramaya University to develop a programme of health research “Hararghe Health Research partnership” and has several permanent staff based in Harar, Eastern Ethiopia.