G6PD Operations Research Community of Practice

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The G6PD Operations Research Community of Practice (GORCoP) is a collaboration of researchers, organizations, and clinicians committed to advancing the introduction and scale-up of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) diagnostics in support of safe access to radical cure treatment for Plasmodium vivax malaria through operations research.

There are several G6PD diagnostics available now and in the pipeline that have the potential to expand access to safe radical cure. The GORCoP seeks to understand the transitions that health systems will need to undergo and to inform best practices for undergoing these transitions. This CoP aims to achieve the maximum impact on health outcomes by harnessing best practices and lessons learned from multiple stakeholders and benefiting from the expertise of participants in areas such as diagnostic introduction, operations research, implementation science, quality assurance, and training.

Objectives

  • Provide a platform to encourage collaboration between national malaria control programs, researchers, and institutions working to advance the use of G6PD tests at the point of care.
  • Develop a flexible and adaptable research plan with prioritized research questions, potential methods, and measures and indicators of success that can be used to harmonize the outcomes of upcoming operations research studies.
  • Create and disseminate resources and tools, such as training materials, patient education materials, and sample protocols, to facilitate G6PD test introduction.

Structure

To support information-sharing, the GORCoP maintains a digital central repository of resources that is accessible to all participants; hosts meetings and presentations; provides ongoing updates; and creates connections among participants.

Participation

Participation in the GORCoP is open to organizations and individuals involved or interested in the use of G6PD diagnostics at the point of care. Expectations for participants are:

  • Participate and engage in meetings.
  • Share updates and lessons learned in individual research activities.
  • Contribute to the development of shared resources to guide operations research, including a set of adaptable indicators that can be used to measure the operational feasibility and impact of G6PD testing at the point of care.

Transparent Collaboration

The GORCoP maintains a high level of transparency in its collaboration. All participants are invited to group meetings and are encouraged to use information from CoP activities.

Join GORCoP

To learn more about the GORCoP or to join, contact: GORCoP [at] path [dot] org.

This work is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.