Our Work

Our Work

Strengthening Use of Research Evidence for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Strengthening Use of Research Evidence for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (enSURE Adolescent and Youth SRH) programme, seeks to increase use of evidence in decision making processes for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). African policymakers face challenges with accessing and using evidence for decision making in general. This challenge is particularly pronounced among policymakers responsible for adolescent SRH policy decisions. They have limited technical skills to access and use research evidence. In addition, until recently, most health systems in Africa do not include specific adolescent health indicators in the health management information system. The enSURE programme is being implemented to address these gaps in Kenya and Malawi and lesson will be used to inform regional actions.

Project Manager

Violet I. Murunga
Violet I. Murunga Senior Knowledge Translation Officer Read More

Our Interventions

Population of target

Young people 10-24 years comprising adolescents 10-19 years and youth 20-24 years.

 Approach

The programme is implemented using 3 main approaches:

  1. Evidence Generation and Synthesis

We generate evidence to inform national policy and programme decisions and enhance commitment and resource allocation to adolescent SRH using the following approaches:

  • Synthesis of existing evidence on the main adolescent SRH and associated socio-cultural and political factors in Kenya, Malawi and Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) in general
  • Synthesis of systematic reviews to identify appropriate cost-effective interventions that can be adapted at country and regional levels
  • Further analysis of existing data sets (e.g. Kenya Demographic and Health Survey) to understand adolescent SRH attitudes, behaviors, and practices and access to SRH information and services in Kenya, Malawi and SSA.
  1. Evidence based advocacy and policy engagement

Our strategy targets two levels of key audiences i.e. national level and regional level. At national level, the main target of our advocacy strategy are officials in the Ministries of health, education, gender and youth, the population secretariats, and members of parliament, as well as major non-governmental organizations working on adolescent SRH in each country. We also engage the mass media in advocacy activities. At the regional level, we target regional networks (e.g. NEAPACOH).

 Our strategy comprises:

  1. The development of policy-oriented reports and policy briefings, and PowerPoint presentations, for policy engagement in Kenya and Malawi, and the greater East and Southern sub-regions.
  2. Consultations with adolescent SRH champions and other influential individuals within and outside government agencies to get advise on programme design and implementation, as well as promote evidence uptake through their influential positions and connections.
  • Dialogues on the evidence, implications and proposed policy and programme reforms in targeted one-on-one and group meetings with national and regional level policymakers, as well as in relevant meetings and conferences organized by other organizations.
  1. The provision of technical assistance in the revision of policies and/or programmes.
  2. Working through existing partnerships, networks, coalitions and youth movements to advocate for increased attention to adolescent SRH challenges.
  3. Media engagement to increase the quality and quantity of coverage on adolescent SRH challenges in the programme countries.
  1. Capacity Strengthening

We strengthen the capacity of mid-level policy actors in health to use evidence for decision making to improve young people’s SRH outcomes. Specific activities comprise strengthening of the health management information system and health service provider skills.

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