For the fourth year running the Consortium for National Health Research, working with the Ministry of Health, National Commission for Science, technology and Innovation, and African Institute for Development Policy, and with funding from the Wellcome Trust and DFID successfully hosted the 4th Annual Research to Policy Workshop between 27th and 29th November, 2015 at the Great Rif Valley Lodge in Naivasha.

The focus of the 4th R2P workshop was “Hindrances to Agency”. The theme was “Strengthening National and County Agency in Research for Health”.


There were three guiding questions, namely: What are the hindrances to agency at National and County Levels in research for health?” What should be the national and county research for health priorities? What are some of the policies that have been generated from recent research findings?

The conference brought together a variety of stakeholders in the health sector including health researchers, head of research and teaching institutions.

The conference was officially opened by Mr Elkanah Onguti, the Chief Economist at the Ministry of Health, representing Mr. James Macharia, the Cabinet Secretary.

The pace for the conference was set by Prof. Matilu Mwau, Director of the Consortium for National Health Research, on Friday 27th November 2015 whose remarks gave the audience a brief introduction about the Consortium and its key mandate, which is to facilitate efforts to enable more research for health.

The conference was well attended. It brought together distinguished speakers, health researchers, heads of department at the Ministry of Health, County Executives for Health, policy makers and development partners.