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Family planning in Kenya: Saving lives, saving money

Family planning in Kenya: Saving lives, saving money

  A mother dresses her child while waiting to speak with the nurse about family planning at the Makadara district hospital (Nairobi, Kenya, 2009). Photo courtesy: Gates Foundation   BY: DIANA WARIRA Family planning is one of the most successful development interventions, with wide-ranging benefits to the health of mothers and children, empowerment of women, economic growth and environmental preservation. Accord... Read more

Task Force convened to develop national adolescent SRH data tools

Task Force convened to develop national adolescent SRH data tools

A Task Force to review and identify gaps with regards to the current national adolescent SRH has been set up. Photo: Meshugas By Emmanuel Toili The Reproductive and Maternal Health Services Unit of the Ministry of Health (RMHSU MoH) in collaboration with AFIDEP has convened a Task Force to revise the national Reproductive Health (RH) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) tools to report adolescent SRH data. The Task Force i... Read more

Africa focuses on harnessing Demographic Dividend by 2063

Africa focuses on harnessing Demographic Dividend by 2063

Africa has to invest in young people, including their education, skills development and ensure their participation in the economic sector, governance, peace and security and also integrate and empower older persons to ensure equity across generations. Photo: Stéphane Jouanne By EMMANUEL TOILI and UNFPA On March 29, 2015, African ministers and development partners converged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss how the c... Read more

Preventing unsafe abortion is one of the best solutions to reducing maternal deaths

Preventing unsafe abortion is one of the best solutions to reducing maternal deaths

By VIOLET MURUNGA The World Health Organization (WHO) defines unsafe abortion as a procedure for terminating an unwanted pregnancy either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment lacking minimal medical standards or both. Unsafe abortion is preventable, yet it is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in developing countries with Africa worst affected. In 2008, an estimated 21.6 million unsafe... Read more

Zambian youth, it's time to engage on your sexual and reproductive health and rights

Zambian youth, it's time to engage on your sexual and reproductive health and rights

Are you a young person living in Zambia? There are exciting and well-informing events coming up on your sexual and reproductive health rights. What: Young parliamentarians information event When: March 8th and 9th 2015 (you should only attend one event) Where: Longacres Lodge, Lusaka, Zambia Who should attend?: All youth parliamentarians The event aims to help you: Consider how policymakers use evidence Understand t... Read more

Which way forward? Policy actions for Kenya to achieve the demographic dividend

Which way forward? Policy actions for Kenya to achieve the demographic dividend

Join researchers and policy engagement experts from NCPD, AFIDEP and UNFPA at a breakfast meeting tomorrow (March 6, 2015) where key stakeholders from government, development agencies and the civil society will be reviewing policy actions recommended for Kenya in order to accelerate progress towards a demographic dividend. Hon Mohammed Kuti - Chaiperson of the Senate Committee on Health will be the chief guest. Representativ... Read more

Free Maternity Services Directive is great, but Government must do more

Free Maternity Services Directive is great, but Government must do more

Dr Elizabeth Ogaja, Kisumu County Minister for Health Services at the Free Maternity Services Science Policy Cafe, held in Nairobi on February 12, 2015​​. Photo: Emmanuel Toili Providing free maternity services in Kenya’s public health facilities is enabling more women to deliver with the care of trained health workers. However, for this presidential directive to save more lives of Kenyan women, the government must ensure t... Read more

Research Uptake: Why policymakers and researchers should forge new frontiers

Research Uptake: Why policymakers and researchers should forge new frontiers

Participants at a past function. Research is perhaps more critical in Africa’s development choices than anywhere else. Photo: Diana Warira By ELIYA ZULU The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) UK will host a Research Uptake Symposium and Training Exchange in Nairobi between February 9 and 12, 2015. This symposium brings together researchers, communications ... Read more

Barriers to Research Use in the Public Health Sector in Kenya and Malawi

Barriers to Research Use in the Public Health Sector in Kenya and Malawi

Participants follow proceedings at the dissemination of the findings of the SECURE Health needs assessment report in Nairobi, Kenya on August 5, 2014​. Photo: Diana Warira BY ROSE ORONJE A recent needs assessment of the status of research use in the health sector in Kenya and Malawi has identified a wide range of factors that are hindering policymakers within the Ministry of Health (MoH) and parliament from using research ... Read more

Studies on harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Zambia and Mozambique underway

Studies on harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Zambia and Mozambique underway

Participants during a multi-sector workshop in Lusaka, Zambia on December 17, 2014. The forum deliberated on the importance of harnessing Demograhic Dividend in Zambia. Photo: Eunice Mueni In the last quarter of 2014, the Demographic Dividend programme at AFIDEP initiated two studies in Zambia and Mozambique. The primary objectives of the ongoing studies are to assess the countries’ prospects for harnessing the demographic ... Read more

Investing in Developing Africa’s Young Population is Central to the Region’s Socio-economic Development

Investing in Developing Africa’s Young Population is Central to the Region’s Socio-economic Development

In sub-Saharan Africa, the youth unemployment rate is double the total unemployment rate of the region. Photo: UNHCR/ACNUR Américas via Flickr Commons By VIOLET MURUNGA and EUNICE MUENI WILLIAMS Harnessing the potential of young people to contribute to national development The World Health Organization defines young people as between 10 and 24 years old. Out of approximately 1.1 billion people in Africa, 3 out of 10 ... Read more

Call for Applications: Training Workshop on Accessing, Appraising and Applying Research Evidence in Decision-Making

The SECURE Health Programme (Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy) hereby invites applications from technical staff from Kenya and Malawi in the Ministry of Health and Parliament for a training workshop on Accessing, Appraising and Applying Research Evidence in Decision-Making to be held in Nairobi during the last weeks of February 2015. The 5-day training workshops are part of the SECURE Health pro... Read more

SECURE Health Programme Deliberates Research Use with Government Officials from 10 African Countries

SECURE Health Programme Deliberates Research Use with Government Officials from 10 African Countries

Senior Government officials from 10 African states attend the SECURE Health Programme consultative meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania on November 30, 2014. Photo: Rose Oronje The AFIDEP-led SECURE Health programme held a consultation session on November 30, 2014 with Directors of Health and Directors of Research in 10 African countries, who are members of the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC). The m... Read more

Conference on Research Uptake to be held in Nairobi Feb 9-12, 2015

Research uptake, which includes the processes that promote and enable the use of research findings in decision-making, has become an important development issue given the huge investments in research and the critical role of research in informing development efforts. To facilitate an exploration of issues surrounding research uptake, AFIDEP and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have organised an event, dubbed ResUp M... Read more

2014 Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health meeting kicks off

2014 Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health meeting kicks off

October 2, 2014  A mother admires her newly born baby. Photo courtesy: Gates Foundation. The 2014 meeting of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH) kicked off today in Kampala,  Uganda. This year's meeting is anchored around accountability for FP2020 committments, enhancing the demographic dividend in the region in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Those participating inc... Read more

Using research evidence to generate political will for adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Using research evidence to generate political will for adolescent sexual and reproductive health

An adolescent girl. Photo courtesy: Albert Gonzalez Farran/UN   AFIDEP has launched a programme, “Strengthening Use of Research Evidence in Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health” (enSURE Adolescent and Youth SRH), to provide policymakers in the Ministry of Health in Kenya and Malawi the research evidence needed to inform the formulation and design of effective policies and programmes for improving young ... Read more

African governments make efforts to harness the demographic dividend

African governments make efforts to harness the demographic dividend

In July 2014, the Ugandan government launched a report outlining its blueprint for harnessing the dividend, whereas the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments deliberated results of studies that explored the countries’ opportunities for harnessing the demographic dividend. L-R: Dr. Kisamba-Mugerwa (Chairperson of the Uganda National Planning Authority), H.E Yoweri K. Museveni (President of the Republic of Uganda) and Dr. Jotham M... Read more

Missed opportunities: Countries not leveraging HIV/ AIDS services for improved maternal and child health

Missed opportunities: Countries not leveraging HIV/ AIDS services for improved maternal and child health

It is believed that since HIV/AIDS receives more resources compared to maternal and child health, integrating it in maternal and child health services will strengthen the maternal and child health platform, which has remained weak over the years due to limited funding.  Mothers wait in line to have their children immunised at a health centre. Photo courtesy: Pierre Holtz/UNICEF Research indicates that majo... Read more

Strengthening leadership and capacity for evidence- informed decision-making in Africa: The SECURE Health Programme

Strengthening leadership and capacity for evidence- informed decision-making in Africa: The SECURE Health Programme

New programme is working with the Ministry of Health and Parliament in Kenya and Malawi to identify and address individual and institutional capacity barriers to research and data use. L-R: Prof. Adamson Muula (College of Medicine, University of Malawi) and Mr. Roosevelt Gondwe (Acting Clerk Parliment, Malawi) during the MoU signing ceremony in July 2014.  Decision-makers in Africa are increasing... Read more

Front runners for use of research evidence to improve health policymaking: Kenya evidence champions meet up

Front runners for use of research evidence to improve health policymaking: Kenya evidence champions meet up

September 19, 2014 The SECURE Health programme team held a meeting with various health experts and policymakers on September 18, 2014 who are partnering with AFIDEP as champions to promote the use of research evidence in health policymaking in Kenya. The evidence champions are leaders in influential positions in government, academia and the civil society who will help strengthen leadership and institutional support mecha... Read more

AFIDEP team meets new Speaker of the Malawi Parliament

AFIDEP team meets new Speaker of the Malawi Parliament

September 11, 2014   R-L: Dr. Eliya Zulu (Executive Director, AFIDEP), Rt. Hon. Richard Msowoya, (MP, Speaker of Malawi Parliament and also Chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Commission), Dr. Abiba Longwe (Knowledge Translation Scientist, AFIDEP) and Hon. Juliana Mdamvetsa Lunguzi (MP, Dedza East Constituency and also Chairperson of the Health and Population Committee).   On September 10, 2014, the AFIDEP... Read more

Health research-to-policy conference in Kenya: Ministry commits to ensuring policies are evidence-informed, calls for a knowledge-sharing platform

Health research-to-policy conference in Kenya: Ministry commits to ensuring policies are evidence-informed, calls for a knowledge-sharing platform

“We shall not allow any new health policy which is not supported by research evidence ...” Prof. Fred Segor, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health Prof. Fred Segor, PS Kenya Ministry of Health makes his keynote address during the opening of the 3rd National Research to Policy Dialogue at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club on June 19, 2014. The Kenya Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Consortium for Nationa... Read more

Dr. Eliya Zulu interview on ALJAZEERA: The youth boom and harnessing the demographic dividend in Africa

August 13, 2014 Dr. Eliya Zulu speaks on the need for African governments to make the requisite socioeconomic investments and leverage on the current boom of a youthful population in order to harness the demographic dividend. Video courtesy Aljazeera English: August 12, 2014 In summary: Aljazeera: Are African governments prepared for this [youth] population boom that is coming their way? Zulu: This population boom is a b... Read more

Uganda President: Family Planning is Key for Development in Africa

Uganda President: Family Planning is Key for Development in Africa

August 12, 2014 “Of what use is a big population that is full of peasants who cannot read, feed themselves, who are not healthy?” H.E. President Yoweri Museveni at the 2014 Uganda National Conference on Family Planning. L-R: Dr. Kisamba-Mugerwa (Chairperson of the Uganda National Planning Authority), H.E. Yoweri K. Museveni (President of the Republic of Uganda) and Dr. Jotham Musinguzi (Regional Director, Partners in Popul... Read more

The Kenya Ministry of Health Commits to Addressing Barriers to Research Utilisation

The Kenya Ministry of Health Commits to Addressing Barriers to Research Utilisation

August 5, 2014 Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, the Director of Medical Services, Kenya Ministry of Health In a breakfast meeting at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi today, AFIDEP, under its SECURE Health programme, led the deliberation of findings of a needs assessment that has focused on understanding the barriers and opportunities for strengthening research use in decision-making in the health sector in Kenya. The meeting, which was... Read more

AFIDEP Taking Part in Uganda’s National Conference on Family Planning

AFIDEP Taking Part in Uganda’s National Conference on Family Planning

Monday July 28, 2014 H.E. President Yoweri Museveni addressing delegates at the Uganda Family Planning conference. AFIDEP is taking part in Uganda’s National Conference on Family Planning starting today July 28-30, 2014 in Kampala (http://health.go.ug/FPconferenceuganda/). The theme of the conference is: Accelerating social and economic transformation through universal access to voluntary Family Planning. Uganda’s Presiden... Read more

Opportunities for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Tanzania: Dissemination of Study Findings

Opportunities for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Tanzania: Dissemination of Study Findings

July 25, 2014 Girls in a computer lesson. Photo courtesy: Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID The AFIDEP team led by Dr. Eliya Zulu in partnership with the University of Dar es Salaam, are today engaging Tanzania government officials in the dissemination of study findings on the Opportunities for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Tanzania. The forum has also been graced by representatives from various non-governmental organ... Read more

Using Research Evidence for Legislation: AFIDEP gets into Formal Partnership with Malawi Parliament

Using Research Evidence for Legislation: AFIDEP gets into Formal Partnership with Malawi Parliament

July 18, 2014 AFIDEP has forged a formal partnership with the Malawi parliament in order to strengthen leadership and technical capacity for research evidence use in legislative debates and processes.  From left: Prof. Adamson Muula (College of Medicine, University of Malawi) and Mr Roosevelt Gondwe (Acting Clerk of Parliament, Malawi)  From left: Mr Roosevelt Gondwe (Acting Clerk of Parliament, Malawi) a... Read more

Dr. Eliya Zulu on the Demographic Dividend: Six Key Investments Will Bring About Economic Transformation in Africa

Dr. Eliya Zulu on the Demographic Dividend: Six Key Investments Will Bring About Economic Transformation in Africa

July 17, 2014 In this interview, Dr. Eliya Zulu, (Executive Director, AFIDEP), unpacks the concept of the 'demographic dividend' and the opportunities for Africa to achieve this. Youth training in technical skills. Photo courtesy: Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID   What is a demographic dividend in layman’s terms? This is the benefit that a country with high birth rates and high mortality can get if it m... Read more

Kenyan Government Commits to Make “Smart” Investments to Harness the Demographic Dividend

Kenyan Government Commits to Make “Smart” Investments to Harness the Demographic Dividend

July 15, 2014 Economic Planning Secretary, Mr. Stephen Wainaina speaking at the launch of the DemDiv Model  “…planners need to wake up. Policymakers must act. We need to craft wise policies and make smart investments for Kenya to benefit from the demographic dividend and achieve our Vision 2030 development goals…” These were the words of Economic Planning Secretary, Mr. Stephen Wainaina at the launch of results explo... Read more

 

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