New funding for sexual and reproductive health and health information systems

July 15, 2019

IDRC is pleased to announce additional funding for health research in West Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.

Woman holding a 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

Gambia
Agency for the Development of Women and Children; Society for Study of Women's Health
Addressing teen pregnancy and early marriage in The Gambia

Ghana
University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Volta Region, Ghana
Strengthening district health management team capacity to use health information systems data and to engage stakeholders to address teenage pregnancy

Ghana and Senegal
Africa Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Accra, Ghana
Economics of adolescent and reproductive health interventions in selected West African countries

Lebanon
Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
Strengthening national health information systems in the Middle East towards evidence-informed decision-making in health systems

Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
Building and sustaining leaders and a research community on reproductive health and gender in the MENA region

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum
Developing and socializing a framework for adolescent sexual and reproductive health in  Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and West Bank and Gaza

West Bank and Gaza
Birzeit University
Strengthening the adolescent reproductive health information system in West Bank and Gaza

Projects approved in 2017–2018

Benin
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

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

Jordan
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

Lebanon
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

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

Senegal
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

Togo
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