Despite high mobile phone penetration in Kenya and the proliferation of eHealth programs, healthcare remains largely inaccessible outside major cities. Research funded by IDRC is now feeding into national policies to ensure greater health equity.
Mobile phones could boost the health of Ethiopia’s underserved rural population. They also promise to enhance the skills and reputation of health extension workers, who are linchpins of the country’s health system.
IDRC’s research and partnerships were in the spotlight at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 5–9. IDRC’s Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAf) project, and collaborating partner the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), organized the side-event Science and Innovation to Transform African Agriculture to kick off the forum.
The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), an IDRC grantee under the Think Tank Initiative program, reached a major milestone on May 4, 2016, with cabinet approval of their National Fertilizer Policy. The organization was heavily involved in supporting and influencing the entire five-year policy development process, from policy formulation through to cabinet approval.