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Synthesis Report on the Demographic Dividend in Africa

"If birth rates in Africa decline rapidly, as it has been the case in other regions, the age structure will change to one dominated by more young people of working age. Coupled with the positive economic outlook for the continent, the change in th...

Prospects and Challenges for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Tanzania

"The past and current high levels of fertility in the midst of steadily declining child mortality rates have created a youthful population with a high child dependency ratio in Tanzania. The country’s population has grown from 12.3 million in 1967...

Rapid Assessment of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and HIV/ AIDS Integration in Malawi

"The high burden of disease and death relating to HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancies and poor maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) remains a major health challenge in Malawi, as is the case in most of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This is largely a...

Rapid Assessment of the Status of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Linkages and Integration in Lesotho

"HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) policy and programmes have been historically established, funded, and implemented vertically. But over the last decade or so years, the need to link and integrate HIV/AIDS and SRH responses has be...

Landscape Analysis of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Integration in Zambia

"The sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region faces numerous health challenges, including a high burden of disease relating to HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancies and poor maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). This is largely a result of weak health syst...

The Role of Political Will and Commitment in Improving Access to Family Planning in Africa

"A few countries in Eastern and Southern Africa - namely Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda - have demonstrated a new wave of optimism and made good progress in addressing barriers of access to modern contraception over the past decade or so. Further, p...

Assessment of Drivers of Progress in Increasing Contraceptive use in sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies from Eastern and Southern Africa

"Despite the immense health, environmental and economic growth benefits from use of modern family planning (FP) methods, recent estimates published by Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA in June 2012 present that only 17% (36 million) of married women ...

Africa on the Move! The Role of Political Will and Commitment in Improving Access to Family Planning in Africa

"Despite commitments to the program of action for the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and MDG 5 (focused on maternal and reproductive health), little progress has been made in improving access to family planning ...

AFIDEP 1st Bi-Annual Newsletter 2014

In this newsletter there are four articles. In ‘Missed opportunities: Countries not leveraging HIV/AIDS services for improved maternal and child health,’ it is believed that since HIV/AIDS receives more resources compared to maternal and child hea...

AFIDEP News Sept 2014 - April 2015

In ‘Using evidence to set the agenda for harnessing the demographic dividend in Africa’ AFIDEP has been at the centre of promoting this paradigm in the region through advocacy and providing technical expertise to governments to assess the potentia...

Costs And Benefits Of Investing In Contraceptive Services In Sub-Saharan Africa

"In this fact sheet, the health benefits of contraceptive use are substantial. Contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the number of abortions, allow women to time their births, and lower the incidence of death and disability related...

Gaps in Health Care Provision for Key Populations Along East African Community (EAC) Transport Corridors

"Globally, key and mobile populations are exposed to numerous health risks and vulnerabilities due to risk factors such as risky sexual behaviours, low risk perception, high levels of mobility, unsanitary accommodation, and inadequate access to he...

Health and HIV/AIDS along the East African Community Transport Corridors: A Situational Analysis

"This Policy Brief provides an overview of the findings of a situational analysis conducted in July 2014, on health and HIV/AIDS to support the development of a regional strategy for integrated health and HIV programming along the East Africa Comm...

Facilitating Fertility Decline to Maximise on the Window of Opportunity

"Kenya’s initial rapid fertility decline in the 1980s was followed by stagnation at high levels in the 1990s. On the other hand, child mortality rates have recently dropped by substantial margins. This has resulted in rapid population increase, an...

Investments in Family Planning will Stimulate Socio-economic Development in Africa

"During the last decade or so research evidence has emerged to demonstrate the invaluable role that family planning (FP) plays in enhancing maternal and child health, improving environmental preservation, reducing poverty, and enhancing broad soci...

Renewed Efforts to Meet Women’s Reproductive Health Needs Required to Address Stagnation in Family Planning Use in Eastern and Western Africa

"The paper on which this brief is based used data of trends in readiness, willingness, ability, and contraceptive use in Africa from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs), which provide highly standardized and nationally representative informa...

SECURE Health News, Issue 3, August - December 2015

In this issue of Secure Health news topics of discussion includes: "SECURE Health Programme covers mid-term of successful implementation" highlighting the success of the programme, "Kenyan policymakers and experts deliberate on key public health i...

Improving the implementation of the free-of-charge maternity services programme in Kenya

"The Ministry of Health (MoH) through the Division of Health Research & Development under the SECURE Health programme organised a Science Policy Café that was held on February 12, 2015 to provide a platform where key stakeholders, including policy...

Report of the Baseline Survey on the Context and Status of Research Use in Policy Formulation at the Ministry of Health in Kenya

This study makes a number of recommendations that, if adopted, could strengthen institutional and individual capacity for increased demand and use of research evidence in Kenya’s health sector. At the individual level, there is a need for capaci...

AFIDEP News Issue No 3

This newsletter consists of several articles. Some of the featured articles are listed below. 1)How Evidence-Based is Evidence-Informed Policy Making? In February 2012, AFIDEP partnered with a host of organizations and sponsors, for a 3 day confer...

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