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13 May 2018 description

IDRC support for the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is building local leaders and finding solutions for challenges such as conflict medicine, refugee health, and the growing burden of nutrition and obesity-related diseases.

29 Mar 2018 description

By Montasser Kamal

Access to information and services for contraception and birth spacing are critical to maternal and child health programming. It is no surprise then, that IDRC is supporting research in sub-Saharan Africa to investigate emerging questions and to propose ways to improve the reproductive health of women and adolescents. 

30 Jan 2018 description

Despite extreme poverty, Bangladesh has made great strides towards improving the health of women and children. Since the mid-1980s, the maternal mortality rate has fallen by one-third, and in the last decade the child mortality rate has been cut in half. Improved life expectancy, immunization coverage, and tuberculosis and diarrhea control are also part of this remarkable success story.

30 Jan 2018 description

Among the multiple challenges facing refugee and rural populations in Lebanon is the high rate of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Widespread NCDs account for more than 80% of deaths, and one out of three refugees suffers from a chronic illness.

This is a particularly troubling problem because the influx of Syrian refugees increased the Lebanese population by 30% between 2011 and 2013. Refugees who fled Palestine after the 1948 war and their descendants make up an additional 10% of the population.

30 Jan 2018 description

Mobile phones are being harnessed to bring vital health information to ethnic minority women in Vietnam. Isolated from mainstream maternal and childcare services by geography, language, education, and poverty, these women experience much higher mortality rates than the majority Kinh population.

30 Jan 2018 description

Health extension workers (HEW) in Ethiopia occupy a unique position by providing a vital link between communities and the health sector. The front line of Ethiopia’s primary health system, HEWs shoulder the tremendous responsibility of providing services to families and communities. They also transmit information to higher-level facilities to ensure appropriate care for patients and adequate resources for treating them.

30 Jan 2018 description

On January 16, 2017, Peru’s Minister of Health, Patricia J. Gargía Funegra, signed a ministerial order to implement an innovative eHealth system throughout the country. Known as WawaRed, the system was piloted in 15 health centres in the district of Ventanilla to improve maternal and child health. With the signed ministerial order it will now reach 350 centres countrywide, including 20 in the humid lowlands where the Zika virus continues to spread.

30 Jan 2018 description

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.

13 Oct 2017 description

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.

13 Oct 2017 description

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.

21 Apr 2017 description

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.

23 Dec 2016 description

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.

08 Nov 2016 description

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.

13 Mar 2015 description

Read the Report Here

​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.

07 Nov 2014 description

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.

24 Sep 2014 description

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.

04 May 2014 description


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.

11 Nov 2010 description


Phase 2 of the Global Health Research Initiative's Capacity Building for HIV/AIDS Prevention Trials in Africa program (2009-2014) is designed to strengthen research capacity for African-led HIV/AIDS prevention trials in sub-Saharan Africa, a region which remains at the centre of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Following the launch of the new five year program in 2009, a call for proposals was developed and a merit review competition was held in early 2010.