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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

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 Programme to Optimise the Use of Research in Decision-making for Health in Kenya & Malawi

New Programme to Optimise 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 programme 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 impl... 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

 

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