Monthly Archives: February 2015

Stakeholders call for reduced maternal deaths in health forum

The Kenya Health and Leadership Congress 2015 began in Nairobi on February 23, 2015 with stakeholders calling for reduced maternal deaths in counties. Speakers noted that despite the introduction of free maternity health, most mothers still died from preventable complications arising from lack of adequate infrastructure. According to Dr Maurice Siminyu, Chair, Council of

Free maternity services directive is great, but government must do more

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 timely reimbursements to health facilities, adequately equip health facilities, and increase the numbers of health workers.

Participants at a past function. Research is perhaps more critical in Africa’s development choices than anywhere else. Photo: Diana Warira

Research uptake: Why policymakers and researchers should forge new frontiers

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 professionals, and policymakers to discuss emerging issues in the utilisation of research in government decisions, also

Studies on harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Zambia and Mozambique underway

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 dividend and to identify priority policy and programme options the two countries can adopt to maximize the dividend

Barriers to research use in the public health sector in Kenya and Malawi

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 evidence in their work. The study identified three categories of barriers, including access barriers,