Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

Population, Reproductive Health and Poverty

Progress towards goals 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health) of the millennium development goals (MDGs) has been generally slow in sub-Saharan Africa.  To meet these and other MDGs, sub-Saharan Africa’s best hope remains its vast and untapped Human Capital. Yet, about 4 million infants and children continue to die annually from preventable causes, whilst unchecked unintended pregnancy increasingly contributes to unsafe abortion and consequently poor maternal health outcomes. Emerging evidence asserts that the disparity in key family planning and sexual reproductive health indicators is widening, making it clear that our Human Capital has been and is under threat. We need to focus our efforts toward providing robust scientific evidence to guide crucial policy generation and implementation to curb the needless hemorrhage. In doing this we would not only have a fighting chance at meeting the MDGs but we would also have saved and positively impacted countless lives.

Current Project


African Strategies for Health Project

Program: Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

The African Strategies for Health (ASH) Project is a five-year project funded by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Africa Bureau (AFR/B). It is being implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in partnership with African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Khulisa Management Services, and Institut pour la Santé et le Développement (ISED), of Dakar University, Senegal.

ASH’s mandate is to assist AFR/B to work with African institutions, other development partners and partners within the USG to provide a strategic vision for guiding investments to further the health of Africans. The project conducts reviews, assessments and dialogues with partners working in the field to improve the understanding of constraints impeding the realization of the vision and the reaching of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the goals of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

In April 2016, the project produced a video on addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of urban youth. The video, ‘African Strategies for Health: Meeting the Needs of Urban Youth’, premièred at the Knowledge Management Share Fair in Arusha, Tanzania. You can watch it here.

Partner Institutions

  • Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
  • University of Dakar
  • Khulisa Management Services

Project Period

  • October 2011 to September 2016


Project Funders

  • usaid

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