PUBLICATION: Health Research Policy and Systems 2010
Kabiru, C.W., Izugbara, C.O., Wambugu, S., & Ezeh A.C.
Africa’s progress depends on her capacity to generate, adapt, and use scientific knowledge to meet regional health and
development needs. Yet, Africa’s higher education institutions that are mandated to foster this capacity lack adequate
resources to generate and apply knowledge, raising the need for innovative approaches to enhance research capacity.
In this paper, we describe a newly-developed program to support PhD research in health and population sciences at
African universities, the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (ADDRF) Program. We also share our
experiences implementing the program. As health research capacity-strengthening in Africa continues to attract
attention and as the need for such programs to be African-led is emphasized, our experiences in developing and
implementing the ADDRF offer invaluable lessons to other institutions undertaking similar initiatives.
Caroline is a research scientist in APHRC’s Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health program. She holds a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior (2005) from the University of Georgia, Athens (USA), a Masters degree in Public...
Chimaraoke joined APHRC in 2006 as a Sabbatical Fellow and was appointed to the position of Associate Research Scientist in August 2007. Prior to this, he worked with universities in Nigeria as a lecturer and researcher,...
Alex joined APHRC in 1998 (then a program of the Population Council in Nairobi) as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2000, he was appointed APHRC’s Interim Director and charged with the responsibility of leading its...