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Equity and Social Determinants of Health in Health Information Systems to inform Policies and Guide Reproductive Health Programs

The research will promote greater disaggregation of health information and inclusion of gender and social determinants of health indicators in Health Information Systems (HIS) at the national level in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. Through this, the project aims to address the data gaps in measuring inequality and the hurdles to using such data for pro-poor policy change in the these countries. The project will support both policy level changes and guide program implementation in these three countries. The project will also comprise support for capacity strengthening of relevant policy and HIS stakeholders to promote the generation and use of disaggregated health information in policies and programs. The proposed HIS will inform implementation by engaging with programs addressing specific sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges.

Project results will include two packages of HIS indicators for each of the three countries. A core set of indicators to highlight greater disaggregation of health information from a multisectoral perspective. The second will support reproductive health programs to incorporate missing social dimensions of health and equity, including gender, in planning and implementation of interventions. Relevant action plans, monitoring and evaluation plans for specific SRH interventions will be produced. There will also be strengthening of relevant capacities of stakeholders. Project success will be measured in terms of the extent to which there is a consensus on the set of HIS indicators that are feasible for use in each of the three countries.

The project is of three year duration and will be led by the Social Research Centre (SRC) at the American University in Cairo. It will build on SRC’s previous work at the regional level supported by World Health Organization and United Nations Population Fund’s regional office.

The project is closely aligned with the Government of Canada’s new feminist international assistance policy, the strategic priorities detailed in the 2016-2030 WHO led Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescents, and the overarching 2030 global agenda for sustainable development.

Project ID
Project Status
36 months
IDRC Officer
Qamar Mahmood
Total Funding
CA$ 668,700.00
Global Health
Maternal and Child Health
Global Health
Institution Country
Project Leader
Hoda Rashad
The American University in Cairo
Institution Country
Project Leader
Jocelyn DeJong
American University of Beirut