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,

What are the keys to family planning success in Africa?

In the last 20 years, Ethiopia has emerged as a family planning powerhouse. In Studies in Family Planning, I reported that, from 1990 to 2011, modern contraceptive use increased ninefold, from 2.9% to 27.3%, and the total fertility rate (the average number of children born to a woman in her lifetime) dropped from 7.0

New insights into the population growth factor in development

The below article is a summary of the perspectives shared at a recent talk by several of AFIDEP’s partners alongside AFIDEP Director Eliya Zulu at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a think tank in Washingoton, D.C. This was originally posted on the blog of the Center’s Environmental Change & Security Program. “We

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