Many public health programmes in low- and middle-income countries “are data rich but information poor” implying that much data is generated at country level but the full potential to use these data to inform improvements in public health is rarely achieved.

The Structured Operational Research and Training IniTiative (SORT IT) seeks to make countries “data rich, information rich and action rich” thereby contributing to improving health care delivery and outcomes. SORT IT is a global partnership coordinated by TDR and implemented with partners. SORT IT supports countries and institutions to: conduct operational research around their own priorities; build sustainable operational research capacity; and make evidence-informed decisions for improving programme performance. Participants conduct operational research on various topics such as multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases, maternal and child health, outbreaks and emergencies, antimicrobial resistance and non-communicable diseases.

Publications from SORT IT courses

The list contains details of 617 papers from SORT IT courses published between 2009 and March 2020.

SORT IT partners

The SORT IT partnership includes disease control programmes, institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in low- and middle-income countries that have conducted or supported SORT IT courses. SORT IT partners includes various NGOs such as the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Kirby Institute (UNSW Sydney), Médecins Sans Frontierès, Partners in Health, Rwanda, Vital Strategies USA, Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine, Centre national de formation et de recherche en santé rurale de Maferinyah, Guinee, TB-RPC Research and Prevention Center, Armenia, networks for knowledge translation including the Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet), foundations including the Damien Foundation, the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, Mumbai, India, academic institutions including The Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium), Radboud University Nijmegen, The University of Bergen, Norway, The University of Nairobi, Kenya, Makerere University, Uganda, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, The University of Antioquia, Colombia, University of Toronto, Canada, Indian Council of Medical Research, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, India, Department of Medical Research, Myanmar and the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. TDR operates SORT-IT in partnership with WHO regional and country offices.

TDR receives £8.2 million boost for antimicrobial resistance operational research training

TDR’s Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT) has won a grant for £8.2 million from the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The funding is for operational research training related to antimicrobial resistance in 6 low- and middle-income countries.

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