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Table 2 The strengths and challenges for each Social Entrepreneurship Approach (SEA) Element and the corresponding milestones achieved

From: Using the social entrepreneurship approach to generate innovative and sustainable malaria diagnosis interventions in Tanzania: a case study

SEA Element Strengths Challenges Milestones
Element #1 • Able to ensure research addresses a priority topic
• Partnership building at initial stages of research
• Time to initiate project
• Ensuring that all voices are given equal weight
• Ethical approvals achieved
• Research collaboratively implemented
Element #2 • Approach the health issue from multiple perspectives
• Mitigates inherent power differences between partners
• Organization of a large international team
• Time commitment to create and sustain equitable partnerships
• Strong partnership with BUCHS and local hospital
• Multi-disciplinary training delivered to local and international partners
Element #3 • Flexibility allows the project to remain relevant
• Initial feasibility assessment enhances likelihood of success
• Adaptations increase time to complete research
• Ensure that the adaptation does not introduce bias
• Increased communication between physicians and laboratory
• Recruitment of experienced laboratory technician
Element #4 • Emphasis on societal impact allows for alternate funding sources
• Local ownership leads to stakeholder motivation and retention
• Funding streams are discipline and disease specific
• Under-resourced and over-committed local institutions
• In-kind donations of materials and local and international staff time
• Capacity built to support local ownership of research
Element #5 • High level of knowledge translation
• Promotion of long term sustainability
• Difficulty mobilizing resources at the national level
• Local constraints of time and money
• Trained all interested local staff in multi-disciplinary topics
• Strengthening of south-south partnerships