Call for implementation research proposals in the Middle East and North Africa

April 19, 2017

IDRC is pleased to announce a call for implementation research proposals to contribute to national and regional efforts to improve health system responsiveness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Two separate but complementary thematic areas of focus are considered under this call:

  1. Health information systems (HIS)
  2. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH)

The objectives of this call are to:

  • Generate and promote application of an evidence base through support to a cohort of implementation research projects focusing on either HIS or ASRH in the MENA region.
  • Ensure adoption of a gender and rights approach, and clear consideration of equity dimensions and economic value propositions in each implementation research project.
  • Strengthen the research and leadership capacities of research project team members, particularly of youth and women, to conduct research and use effective knowledge translation (KT) strategies to influence policies and practices.
  • Support ongoing exchange and engagement with relevant stakeholders in country and regional contexts to strengthen an enabling environment for policy discourse, development, and implementation.

Despite progress in health outcomes achieved in the MENA region, this progress has been uneven and recently tested due to growing economic and political challenges. Furthermore, health systems in the region have suffered from fragmentation and an emphasis on curative services, to the detriment of preventative health measures and promotion that address social determinants as root causes of ill-health. Responding to evolving health needs and providing quality health services require, in part, an understanding of changing demographics and reliable data to inform decisions that can have a positive impact for those who are most vulnerable. 

Improving maternal, child, and adolescent health, including sexual and reproductive health, is a cornerstone of Canada’s development agenda. The Maternal and Child Health program at IDRC contributes to improving the lives of women, children, and adolescents by supporting innovative and solution-oriented implementation research that engages multisectoral stakeholders to improve the quality, accessibility, and accountability of health services, especially for the most vulnerable. These efforts adopt a comprehensive and coordinated approach addressing the social determinants of health within a framework of gender equality and rights. 

Please ensure that you have read the Call for Proposals before applying.