APHRC selected as health policy and research organization for Women RISE

May 16, 2022

The Women RISE initiative (Women’s health and economic empowerment for a COVID-19 Recovery that is Inclusive, Sustainable and Equitable) has selected the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) as their health policy and research organization to mobilize knowledge, build capacity and network among the Women RISE research teams.

APHRC will also be responsible for strengthening research capacity among these teams while facilitating networking and information sharing between them. The selected research teams will be announced in late summer 2022.  

Women RISE aims to support action-oriented and gender-transformative research on how women’s health and their work (paid or unpaid) intersect and interact in the context of preparedness, response and recovery from COVID-19. While the pandemic has deepened pre-existing inequalities and risks rolling back global gains in gender equality, the research projects and the work of AHPRC, supported by Women RISE, will help countries improve their understanding of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women. The research evidence generated by this initiative will inform immediate and medium-term solutions for a post-COVID-19 recovery that will improve gender equality and health equity. 

We are happy to celebrate our newest collaboration with APHRC. APHRC is well positioned to support the research teams that will be funded under Women RISE and will ensure that this investment goes a long way to inform and improve the use of the knowledge generated. COVID-19 taught us that the pathways between knowledge and decision-making need to be shortened and supported,” noted IDRC’s Vice-President, Programs and Partnerships, Dominique Charron.  

Understanding how women’s health and livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic is a start to defining and informing preparedness for future health emergencies. APHRC is thrilled to play, yet again, the role of a health policy research organization and work with researchers from all over the world as part of the Women RISE Initiative to understand the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and inform possible solutions for a post-COVID-19 recovery,” shared Catherine Kyobutungi, APHRC’s Executive Director. 

Women RISE is funded by IDRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies, HIV/AIDS Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections Research Initiative, Institute Infection and Immunity and Institute of Population and Public Health) as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  

Learn more about Women RISE.