BOSAD Research team undertook their annual Review meeting on July 02, 2022, at Ethiopia Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

It has been one year since BOSAD national multicenter study data collection has been started on July 15, 2021 which was planned for one year period. During the data collection period, there were a lot of ups and downs which somehow affect the data collection activities mainly due to the war in the northern part of Ethiopia which affects the patient recruitment at two BOSAD study centers (Bahir Dar and Gondar Universities) where they only treat war injured patients for couple of months. Now, since the one-year data collection was finalized, the BOSAD national multicenter study team undergo their annual review meeting on July 02, 2022 at Ethiopia Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for one day.

All BOSAD study site Principal Investigations (PIs), data collectors, newly joining researchers, the anthropological and community-based study led researchers and invited guest from Federal Mistier of Health (FMOH) were attending the meeting.  The day was started with registration followed by opening remark and welcoming speech given by Dr. Ephrem Gebrehana who is one of the national led researchers. Then presentation on overall BOSAD study yearly activities was given by Dr. Mengistu G Mengesha; the current status update on anthropological and community-based studies was given by Prof. Fentie Ambaw and Dr. Taye Gari respectively who are the PI of the study followed by site PIs update presentation on their own data collection status, challenges faced, measures taken and way forward including for the next data collection period.

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The overall status of the national data collection, how the collected data planned to be utilized, and possible areas of collaboration with national and international institutions was highlighted by Dr. Mengistu followed by Prof. Fentie’s presentation on BOSAD study data triangulation which was opened for discussion where the participants were forwarding their perspective and keynotes were forwarded.

After that, Dr. Sintayehu Bussa presented all the implementation phase activities which includes document preparation for execution of the training and address end user. Here, participants were forwarded their concerns, deliverables and ideas to go forward and addressed by each speaker accordingly and remarks were underlined.

In the afternoon, the result dissemination strategy for all stakeholders including the end users was addressed with presentation, small group discussion and expert opinions from different perspectives. Finally, Prof. Mirkuzie Woldie from FMOH give his experience-based talk on how to use BOSAD data for policy brief preparation by mentioning the complex adaptive system in the development of health policy making. He emphasizes that evidence generation is like one small piece of the bread in the policy making process; so it needs to incorporate different stakeholders starting from the inception of the study to dissemination of the result until it achieved the planned aim, analyzing the living environment, norm, political situation, value the existing working system and understand how the policy makers, the so called “actors”, are playing with the health policy making process will be paramount to be successful. He then addresses the participants’ question regarding evidence derived policy making process in the use friendly format and conclude his presentation by giving different evidence brief format for the participants to be used as a template. Finally, the BOSAD study review meeting was concluded with high motivation and commitment of participants to actively involved with the implementation phase activities and by delivering the summary message from the meeting organizers.

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