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


Assessing an effective model of care for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Dadaab, Kenya

Program: Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

In humanitarian and emergency settings, women and girls disproportionately experience high rates of gender-based violence (GBV).  As in other settings, physical and sexual violence have short- and long-term negative effects on the survivors’ physical and emotional wellbeing, often lingering beyond the emergency period if not appropriately addressed.

In Dadaab-Kenya, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CARE International, have developed an individual comprehensive case management (ICCM) service delivery model to respond to GBV cases within the refugee camps. These response services are delivered by the IRC and CARE professional staff, with minimal assistance from refugee community workers (RCWs). To date, no rigorous evaluations have been conducted on an ICCM model of care for GBV response in a refugee camp, with task-shifting components to RCWs.

We are proposing to conduct a feasibility and piloting study in order to assess and refine a model of care for refugee camp survivors of GBV, using the ICCM service delivery protocol with expanded care through task-shifting to RCWs. Specifically, we will examine how this model can influence access, quality, health, and safety outcomes among refugee survivors of GBV in the Dadaab refugee camps. We will also seek to identify key intervention characteristics that influence these outcomes.


Partner Institutions

  • International Rescue Committee
  • CARE International
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Partner Members

  • Mazeda Hossain (Principal Investigator)


Project Period

  • 2014-2019

Project Funders

  • DFID

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