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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2006 the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) launched a new program 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.