Strengthening public health research capacity to inform evidence based policies in Tunisia


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The CONFIDE project aims to strengthen public health research capacity to inform evidence-based policies in Tunisia. In recent years the CONFIDE partner country, Tunisia has experienced positive political and economic changes. These changes have driven important reforms in the field of public health, yet this country is still struggling to educate knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled public health professionals who can work effectively in a modern health system. In terms of the health research system, in Tunisia there are several issues which have been revealed:  for example, as the governance of health research straddles between at least two ministries (Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technology, and several public institutions and institutions for training and health), coordination efforts are needed to improve and streamline governance.

In addition, national health research priorities have yet to be clearly defined. Researchers choose by themselves, independently of national health priorities, their research agenda, which may lead to a situation that may leave unaddressed a number of population health needs themes. Moreover, there is no specific mechanism for informing the Ministry of Health about the progress of research in Tunisia and overall there is no structure responsible for the dissemination of research results to the public. We are trying to address these gaps and enhance evidence-based public health research.

Starting / Ending Date

October 2017 – October 2021

Project Coordinator

Babeș-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca – Romania


Funder: European Commission – Erasmus + Program
Grant Number: 586291-EPP-1-2017-1-RO-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
BBU Amount: 719.340 EUR

Staff from Department of Public Health

Project Manager

Research Assistant

Project Partners

University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark

Trnava University, Trnava, Slovakia

University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia

University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia

University of Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia

University of Monastir,Monastir, Tunisia

Project Outputs

Establishment of four research centres in the four Tunisian partner Universities

Training program