Stimulating Public Discussion on Sepsis in Malawi: Media interview with Dr Paul Kawale

To address this lack of awareness and under-prioritisation of sepsis, Dr Paul Kawale, a public health social scientist and Knowledge Translation Scientist at the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), was interviewed by journalist Meclina Chirwa in a live broadcast on Timveni Radio in Malawi. Dr Kawale is project manager on the African Research Collaboration on Sepsis (ARCS). The interview was designed to spark dialogue on sepsis in an effort to bring greater awareness to the issue.

Ending teen pregnancy among girls in school in Malawi: an investment in knowledge pays the best interest

At ICPD Cairo ’94, Governments agreed that that education is the single most important element on the road to equality and empowerment of girls women. So far, findings from I-LEARN have shown that poverty is a major driver of both teen pregnancy among girls in school and of school dropouts. It was noted that families often struggle to pay for basic needs, including but not limited to school fees, school supplies, and boarding costs. In some instances, girls seek support from boys or men to meet these basic needs, after which they may be pressured into sex. In others, parents pressure or force their underage daughters to marry so that the groom can provide material support to the family, or simply so that their daughter will be supported by someone else. This indicates that greater efforts are needed in understanding and removing social and cultural barriers that hinder girls from completing school after pregnancy.

Making research matter for development: AFIDEP and PRB train researchers in effective communication of their research

Between June 6-13, 2019, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) trained early career researchers from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in effective communication of their research. The purpose is to develop the capacity of these researchers in translating their research for policymakers and other non-scientific stakeholders in order to ensure research is used to improve development effectiveness.

Communicating for action: AFIDEP and PRB host policy communication workshop

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) through the Policy Communication Fellows Program are hosting the 2019-2020 Summer Institute, a workshop seeking to bridge the gap that exists between the research community and policy audiences through effective communication. The workshop began on 6th June 2019 and will run for a week to 12th June 2019 at Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Evidence and a multisectoral approach should guide action to end teenage pregnancies and address sexual reproductive health

Experts convened at a policy dialogue by The African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has emphasized the need to have evidence guided policy action to deal with the problem conclusively.
In Kenya, almost 2 out of every 10 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are reported to be pregnant or have had a child already. This trend has been fairly consistent for more than two decades, with Demographic and Health Surveys showing little change on prevalence between 1993 and 2014.

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