The development of health research priorities is part of the mandate of the National Health Research Committee (NHRC). Research priorities will ensure that health research agendas and research resources focus on priority health problems.
The NHRC in identifying health research priorities, took into consideration the followings:
- The burden of disease.
- The cost-effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing the burden of disease.
- The availability of human and institutional resources for the implementation of an intervention at the level closest to the affected communities.
- The health needs of vulnerable groups such as woman, older persons, children, and people with disabilities.
- The health needs of communities.