As the seven-year Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) program reached its halfway mark, 80 African and Canadian experts gathered in Dakar, Senegal, from April 24-27, 2017 to discuss the program’s emerging findings and to hone their research and policy engagement skills.
It is women and children across developing countries who suffer most from the shocks and stresses to health systems. In South Sudan — a country ravaged by conflicts — limited infrastructure, lack of health information, and severe shortages of health personnel contribute to high levels of maternal and child mortality. Outbreaks of infectious disease and epidemics have similar consequences — the impact of Ebola on maternal and child health in West Africa is one example.
Five prominent female thinkers and doers recently demonstrated how changing language in family laws can alter the course of women’s lives. At an October 7, 2016 project launch, prominent advocates from the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) — a global partnership of 20 independent women’s rights organizations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America — gathered to highlight the need for governments to reform family laws.
An IDRC supported project was recognized for its efforts to improve health service provision and the monitoring of pregnant women, new mothers, children, and people living with HIV in Burkina Faso’s Nouna district. Dr Maurice Yé of the Centre de recherche en santé de Nouna, an IDRC partner, accepted the prize from the Fondation Pierre Fabre at the organization’s inauguration of the e-health observatory for countries in the South.
This is one of five cross-cutting issues that have emerged from early research findings on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa. Read about how researchers are working with communities to increase their ability to protect their rights.