Journal article

Strengthening Noncommunicable Disease Research Capacity and Chronic Disease Outcomes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries in South Asia: Implementation and Evaluation of the ASCEND Program

Allison Byrnes, Tilahun Nigatu Haregu, Naanki Pasricha, Kavita Singh, Sathish Thirunavukkarasu, Kremlin Wickkramasinghe, Kavumpurathu Raman Thankappan, Brian Oldenburg

ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

This article describes the design, outcomes, challenges, and lessons learned from the ASian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-Communicable Disease (ASCEND) program, implemented between 2011 and 2015 in India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. The program involved a blended-delivery model, incorporating online and face-to-face training, mentoring, and supervision of trainees' research projects. Evaluation data were collected at baseline, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months. Intended outcomes, lessons, and challenges were summarized using a logic model. During the program period, 48 participants were trained over 2 cohorts in June 2011 and 2012. The trainees published 83 peer-reviewed articles between 2011 and ..

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Grants

Awarded by Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-Communicable Disease (ASCEND) - Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This program was undertaken as part of the Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-Communicable Disease (ASCEND), which was funded by the Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number: D43TW008332. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.