Sexual and Reproductive Health Research and Research Capacity Strengthening in Africa: Perspectives from the region

Publication Year: 2015
Contributing Organisation: College of Public Health and Medical Sciences; Jimma University Addis Ababa - Ethiopia.,Department of Community Health College of Medical Sciences University of Benin Benin City Nigeria.,Institut de recherche en science de la sante IRSS; Ouagadougou Burki
Learning Themes: Global Health

Developing the capacity to effectively carry out public health research is an integral part of health systems at both the national and global levels and strengthening research capacity is recognized as an approach to better health and development in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Especially fields such as sexual and reproductive health (SRH) would require interdisciplinary teams of researchers equipped with a range of methodologies to achieve this. In November 2013, as part of the International Family Planning Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a group of African researchers came together to discuss the gaps and strategies to improve sexual and reproductive health research and research capacity strengthening in Africa.

This commentary summarizes the three broad areas where the issues and proposed solutions have concentrated around:

1) Addressing research gaps that are most relevant to policies and programs in SRH

2) Carrying out high quality and collaborative research, and

3) Translating research findings into SRH policies and programs

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