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New funding for sexual and reproductive health and health information systems

July 15, 2019
Woman sitting and holding her baby
Alex Wynter / WHO

Seven new research teams have joined an existing group of 10 teams that were funded in 2017–2018 to focus on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, strengthening data and evidence, and accountable health information systems.

The 17 research teams will nurture young research leaders, strengthen the body of evidence, and enhance the use of research results in policy and practice. Each project is receiving up to CA$750,000 of funding for up to five years.

The selection criteria included:

  • generating and promoting new evidence;
  • ensuring the adoption of a gender and rights-based approach while considering health equity and intervention costs;
  • strengthening research and leadership capacities among emerging and established researchers;
  • supporting ongoing exchange and engagement with relevant stakeholders both within countries and regionally to enable a strong environment to discuss, develop, and implement policy.

Recently approved projects

Projects approved in 2017–2018

Association pour l’éducation, la sexualité et la santé en Afrique Preventing teen pregnancy in Benin: development of a self-esteem-based intervention to empower adolescents

Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Kenya
Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population; Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
The gendered socialization of very young adolescents in schools and sexual and reproductive health

Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research
Reducing child mortality: The role of mobile electronic health information system

Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network
Establishing a harmonized reproductive health registry in Jordan to improve maternal and child health

Jordan University of Science and Technology
Implementing a perinatal and neonatal mortality surveillance and auditing system in Jordan

Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
Reducing early marriage of adolescent Syrian refugees in Lebanon: Improving access to sexual and reproductive health information and services

Institute of Public Health, University of Nigeria
Addressing unmet need for contraceptives among adolescents using community-embedded intervention

Direction de la planification, de la recherche et des statistiquesMinistère de la Santé et de l'Action Sociale Institut de santé et développement 
Integrated multisectoral approach to sustainable mother and baby health information system in Senegal

Unité de Recherche Démographique, Université de Lomé
Multisectoral approaches to early pregnancy prevention in colleges in Togo

West Bank
Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University
Reproductive health needs of Palestinian refugee camp girl adolescents: From evidence to policy