AFIDEP shall host a capacity building workshop aimed at enhancing the technical skills of county reproductive health managers in accessing and synthesising quality research from various sources and making use of this information. The workshop will target technical staff working in county health departments specifically on reproductive and maternal health. The participants will be drawn from 6 counties that are among the counties with the highest maternal deaths. These counties are: Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo, Lamu and Migori. The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is the lead agency for the six county initiative focusing on bring down the maternal mortality rate in these 6 counties. The workshop will be held between 14th and 16th June 2017 in Machakos County. It is planned that the training shall be extended to other counties in the future.
AFIDEP will engage representatives of the six counties to define the key decisions they need to make and the evidence they need to inform these decisions. Specifically, the training will focus on analysis and synthesis of data and research evidence on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) that is required to support RMNCAH decision-making in each of the six counties. The lessons generated from this activity will provide AFIDEP with a basis to design and mobilise resources for a more comprehensive capacity building programme to promote evidence-informed decision-making in all 47 counties.