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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 makes the right inv... 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

Dr. Siminyu Reveals Relevance of the SECURE Health Program at the County Level

Dr. Siminyu Reveals Relevance of the SECURE Health Program at the County Level

Dr. Maurice Siminyu, Busia County Health Executive & Chair, Council of Health Executives speaks on the relevance of AFIDEP's SECURE Health program in addressing health challenges at the county level. Click here to watch video                                 Read more

Health Champions Appointed to Malawi Cabinet

Health Champions Appointed to Malawi Cabinet

June 23, 2014 In the newly constituted cabinet of the Malawi government, President Peter Mutharika has appointed individuals active in the health sector to head various dockets. Hon. Grace Chiumia a member of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees on Health (NEAPACOH), has been appointed Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, while Hon. Paul Chibingu, former Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Health in Mala... Read more

3rd Annual National Health Research-to-Policy Dialogue

The 2014 Research-to-Policy Dialogue on 'Use of Research Results for Dialogue, Action and Change' takes place from June 19-21, 2014 at the Windsor Golf and Country Club Nairobi, Kenya.  The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Mobilizing and sensitizing national stakeholders on the need for a demand-driven generation, uptake and utilization of research evidence in Kenya’. Over the three days, the question that will be gui... Read more

New Program to Optimize the Use of Research in Decision-making for Health in Kenya & Malawi

New Program to Optimize the Use of Research in Decision-making for Health in Kenya & Malawi

Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy in Kenya and Malawi (SECURE Health)   Top Ministry of Health officials in Kenya engage with the SECURE Health program team at a meeting in Nairobi on May 8, 2014 Why it matters The use of rigorous data and research evidence can help improve health outcomes and reduce the high disease burden in Africa by informing formulation of robust policies and implem... Read more

Putting Research Evidence at the Heart of Efforts to Improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in East and Southern Africa

Putting Research Evidence at the Heart of Efforts to Improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in East and Southern Africa

An adolescent girl. Photo courtesy: Albert Gonzalez Farran/UN Why it matters Despite the increasingly known importance of young people’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH) for the achievement of a cross-range of MDGs including MDG 2 (education), MDG 3 (gender equality), MDG 4 (child health), MDG 5 (maternal health), and MDG 6 (HIV/AIDS), this issue is not prioritized at policy, resource allocation and program implementat... Read more

Population Health Environment Conference

The 2013 International PHE Conference, Nov 11-12, 2013 aims to bring to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, organizations working on PHE across sub-Saharan Africa. The conference objectives are to: Create a space for sharing, learning, and networking among PHE implementers Identify needs and priorities for PHE advocates and implementers in order to chart areas for future technical assistance and support Raise the profile of PHE effo... Read more

International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nov 12-15, 2013

International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nov 12-15, 2013

This is the 3rd ICFP conference held by the Gates Institute. The November 2013 conference will be co-hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia with a multitude of international and national partners.  Since the first conference on family planning took place in 2009 in Kampala, Ug... Read more

Motherhood in Childhood

Motherhood in Childhood

Starting sexual intercourse at an early age places a young person at risk of unwanted or unintended pregnancy, early childbearing and high fertility. Evidence has shown that those who initiate sex at early ages are more likely to be exploited by adults and less likely to use protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.Early childbearing is associated with high maternal mortality and morbidity ... Read more

Can Africa harness the Demographic Dividend?

Yes, but much more needs to be done… The Demographic Dividend is the economic benefit arising from a significant increase in the ratio of working-aged adults relative to young dependents. When birth rates decline significantly, the age structure shifts in favor of more working-aged adults, which can help accelerate economic growth through increased productivity, greater household savings, and lower costs for basic social s... Read more

"Perfect Storm” of Climate Change and Population Growth Brewing in African Sahel, Experts Warn

"Perfect Storm” of Climate Change and Population Growth Brewing in African Sahel, Experts Warn

April 10, 2013 The vast region of Africa known as the Sahel will descend into large-scale drought, famine, war and terrorist control if immediate, coordinated steps are not taken to avert the perfect storm of climate change and the most rapidly growing population in the world, a group of experts from the University of California, Berkeley, and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), concluded in a report rele... Read more

Achieving the Demographic Dividend: A Window of Opportunity for sub-Saharan Africa

February 5, 2013 Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is home to about 900 million people and this population is projected to grow to 2 billion by 2050. The population has a youthful age structure, with 43% of the population below the age of 15 years.  This age structure, which is primarily a result of persistently high fertility at a time when mortality has been steadily declining, exerts an enormous burden on the economy and under... Read more

A groundbreaking launch: The lancet special issue on family planning

On July 9th, 2012, The Lancet launched a major new series revealing the evidence of the effects of population growth on people’s well being and the environment. In line with the July 11th, 2012 DfID- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Family Planning Summit in London, The Lancet Special Issue on Family Planning provides the scientific evidence to help justify the need for accelerated investments in family planning and increa... Read more

AFIDEP advocates for incorporation of population dynamics in the future we want at Rio+20

AFIDEP advocates for incorporation of population dynamics in the future we want at Rio+20

 July 23, 2012 The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. At this conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shape the initial action steps on how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crow... Read more

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