Monthly Archives: October 2018

AFIDEP joining African policymakers at regional forum to discuss how to improve reproductive health and family planning outcomes on the continent

Members of Parliament (MPs) who serve on parliamentary health committees across various parliaments in Africa, and other stakeholders in health on the continent are convening in Munyonyo, Uganda between 30-31 October 2018 for the 10th Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH) annual meeting. This year, much like last year’s meeting, the forum

Youth demographics in the East African Community: A lens on Kenya

Approximately 17% of the world’s 7.5 billion people live in Africa. About 60% of this population is less than 25 years old. Like the rest of Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, East African Community (EAC) countries – Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania – are experiencing demographic changes, which are affecting not just their size, but also the

Making evidence matter in vector control: AFIDEP to lead policy engagement and evidence uptake training for researchers in Liverpool

From 15-19 October, 2018, AFIDEP experts will conduct a training on “policy engagement and evidence uptake” at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) for vector control researchers in Liverpool, United Kingdom. This is part of the Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC), a collaboration of researchers and policymakers in Malawi,

So you think politics will make your evidence “dirty”?

Having worked most of my work-life (since 2002) promoting and facilitating the use or consideration of evidence by policymakers in decision-making processes, I get very surprised when I encounter scientists who still believe and argue that scientists should steer clear of politics in their efforts to support the use of their evidence in decision-making.