Using information and communication technologies to extend healthcare to poor and marginalized populations in Kenya seems an obvious choice. Kenya’s remote rural regions suffer from a dire shortage of health workers and health facilities, yet more than 90% of the country is covered by mobile services.
Although this strong mobile penetration has led to a boom in eHealth projects, research carried out by the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme reveals that it has not made healthcare more accessible across the country.
An innovative mHealth project called MOS@N is helping vulnerable populations in the Nouna district of Burkina Faso enjoy better health and greater access to health services. The project has also enhanced the status of women health workers by overcoming deep-seated gender biases.
Evidence from the IDRC-supported project Neglected issues relating to African health systems: An incentive for reform has identified local innovations and reforms as factors that are important in strengthening overall health systems in Niger. The multi-year project (2012–2017), supported by IDRC’s Maternal and Child Health program, examined the systemic blind spots in the country’s health systems. These gaps contribute to inequalities in access to and the quality of health services, resulting in poorer health for disadvantaged groups and increased mortality of children under five.
Shadi Saleh and Chaitali Sinha Nearly one in every four people in Lebanon is a refugee. This number is staggering, yet not entirely unbelievable given the protracted and emerging conflicts in the Middle East. A rapid influx of refugees from Syria has catapulted Lebanon from the 69th largest refugee-hosting country to the third largest within the past five years. The country also hosts a large proportion of the world's Palestinian refugee population, comprising nearly 10% of the country's population.
What happens when entire communities are uprooted by conflict or development? And how can planners shape the transition so that residents hold on to their livelihoods, social ties, and sense of security?
An IDRC supported project was recognized for its efforts to improve health service provision and the monitoring of pregnant women, new mothers, children, and people living with HIV in Burkina Faso’s Nouna district.
Jennifer Campbell and Louise Guénette
After 50 years of civil war, Colombians are starting to contemplate a future that holds peace. As negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) progress, many are looking beyond the signing of an accord at the issues that will be key to its successful implementation and enhance the broader peace process.
Danesh Jayatilaka, Kopalapillai Amirthalingam and Shiyana Gunasekara
IDRC-supported researchers at Sri Lanka's International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) are exploring the recovery and resettlement challenges communities face in a post-conflict environment. The impact of war spans individual, family, and community losses. Survivors are often left without their land, homes, valuables, livelihoods, and networks. As they rebuild their lives, they face difficulties in accessing credit, health care, education, sanitation, and other services.
DFID funded research is helping to build more open, better networked societies through the use of digital technologies. The ICT4D programme, which was co-funded with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), examined the positive and negative impacts that ICT can have on the lives of the poor. Research findings are helping to inform emerging policy that looks to empower the world’s poorest people through technology.
Tali Cassidy, Melikaya Ntshingwa, Jakub Galuszka, and Richard Matzopoulos
Evaluating complex violence reduction interventions poses a wide variety of challenges, ranging from negotiating relationships between partners with different goals to nurturing community engagement and buy-in to the process.
OTTAWA, April 27, 2015 – Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) today announced CA$17 million in new funding for projects that will make food more secure and nutritious in developing countries. The four projects are part of an effort to scale up the most promising research supported under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).
From adapting to climate change in the Himalayas to improving maternal health care for women in Vietnam, exploring how to defuse violence in Pakistani cities, or building new skills for better jobs in Bangladesh, the 2015 edition of Asia Research News provides a snapshot of IDRC-funded research in Asia.
Ottawa, Canada, November 6, 2014 – The seven-year, CA$36 million Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) research program today announced the selection of two African organizations that will help put research into practice and bring the program’s results to the attention of decision-makers.
Since its inception, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has worked with researchers and smallholder farmers in developing countries to increase access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, and affordable food. Research has improved plant varieties, made farming practices more efficient, preserved environments, and brought technological innovations to small producers and products to market.
Ethiopia faces a critical gap in emergency medical care. Canadian experts have paired with Addis Ababa University to develop a national research and training facility and graduate the country’s first emergency medicine specialists.
Throughout 2013, the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) continued efforts to strengthen its capacity as the largest humanitarian organization in the country, through the decentralization, de-concentration and categorization process. CRC is strongly committed to build the capacity at branch level to create a strong and sustainable base of governance and management, to mobilize and maintain networks of Red Cross Youth and Red Cross Volunteers in providing effective services to the most vulnerable nationwide and fulfilling its role as auxiliary to the government.