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Table 3 Summary of the Key indicators achievements in the four domain areas – Regional averages

From: Strengthening national health research systems in the WHO African Region – progress towards universal health coverage

 Baseline 2014 (n = 39) (% of countries)Achievement 2018 (n = 39); (% of countries)Target by 2025
Governance
 1. Countries with valid health research policies, strategic plans, and priority lists20 (51%)25 (65%)100%.
 2. Countries with legislation on R4H15 (39%)22 (56%)80%.
 3. All countries with national or institutional ethics review committees36 (92%)37 (95%)100%.
 4. At least 80% of countries have a national or institutional ethics review committee assessing & providing feedback within 3 months.36 (92%)37 (95%)100%
Creating & sustaining resources
 1. Countries with a health research promoting unit within the MOH16 (41%)23 (59%)75%.
 2. Countries with universities/colleges that have a training programme in health research36 (92%)35 (90%)40%.
 3. Countries with a national health research institute/council23 (59%)28 (72%)55%.
Producing and using health research
 1. Countries with a R & D coordination mechanism28 (72%)33 (85%)85%.
 2. Each country to increase the number of articles published in peer reviewed journals by at least 30%.Not assessedNot assessed30%
 3. Countries with a knowledge translation platform16 (41%)23 (59%)100%.
Financing
 1. Countries that have a dedicated budget line for R4H20 (51%)24 (62%)75%.
 2. Countries investing at least 2% of the national health budget in R4H1 (3%)2 (8%) Cameroon/Mali25%.
 3. Countries investing at least 5% of health sector development assistance in R4H1 (3%)1 (4%) Cameroon25%.
 4. Countries regularly tracking R4H spending from all sources34 (87%)37 (95%)50%.