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|Title||Mapping Stakholders of the Palestinian Health Research System|
|Title in Arabic||Mapping Stakholders of the Palestinian Health Research System|
Background: There is a growing international and regional interest in Health Research Systems (HRSs) in light of a global strategy for HRS stakeholders’ (HRSSHs) active involvement. HRSSHs in Palestine have rarely been investigated with regard to uncertainties. Aims: This study aimed to analyse perceptions of HRSSHs in order to understand their roles and involvement, identify gaps, and offer policy solutions for stakeholders’ engagement in the Palestinian HRS. Methods: This qualitative study targeted three local Palestinian health sectors, government, academia, and local and international agencies. Data were collected through 52 in-depth interviews (IDIs) and 6 focus group discussions (FGDs) and then analysed using MAXQDA 12 software. Participants and institutions were selected purposively based on a set of criteria and peer review. Results: The overall HRS stakeholders’ roles were unsatisfactory, with low involvement from society, the private sector, and local and international sectors. The important role of academia and the Ministry of Health is moderate while that of international agencies is weak due to conflicting agendas and lack of a guiding body. Most universities have poor representation in public decision-making and potential scarcity in health research. Interest–power imbalance among stakeholders is reported where political, organizational, and technical shortfalls were indicative of weak roles and low involvement, along with a lack of health research culture, structure, resources, defined roles, and network. Conclusions: Tackling the inadequate roles, interests’ disparity, and poor involvement of HRSSHs is imperative for HRS strengthening. Redefining HRSSHs’ roles and involving all stakeholders is key through strategic dialogue, consolidated leadership, and resource mobilization.
|Published in||Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal|
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