December 7, 2017 – The second regional initiative was launched to generate evidence and strengthen country analytical capacity for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the African Population Health Research...
Country institutional capacity for data analysis is improving but slowly and not keeping up with greater data availability. The capacity to analyze and effectively communicate results is, however, still lagging. In general, the Ministries of Health and National Statistical Offices in countries in the region have limited analytical and communication capacity, and there is variable institutional capacity outside of the Ministry e.g. national public health institutes. There are several bright spots in the sub-region – institutes with greater capacity– but these often get overloaded with projects and requests from government and development partners.
As part of Countdown to 2030, a global, multi-institutional initiative that aims to improve coverage measurement and monitoring, and strengthen the regional and country capacity for evidence generation and use, APHRC is coordinating a regional consortium that brings together research and public health institutions as well as government agencies from 19 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), to help them better track and analyse data, and communicate research findings on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, reproductive health, and nutrition (RMNCAH&N).. It calls on governments and development partners to be accountable, identifies knowledge gaps, and proposes new actions to achieve universal coverage for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.
The overall goals of the project are to work with country representatives from the ESA region to:
1) Strengthen the evidence in support of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH&N) programs, and
2) Enhance the capacity of country and regional institutions to conduct RMNCAH&N-related analyses and research and effectively communicate the findings to policy makers.
APHRC and its partners are working hand-in-hand with country teams to enhance their ability to conduct data analyses and then effectively communicate the findings to policy makers so they are able to make decisions about programs and investments based on the best information available.
APHRC hosted the first of two analysis workshops in Nairobi from November 27 to December 1, 2017. More information on the workshop can be found here.
Phase 1: July 2017 – June 2018