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West and Central African Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health Research

High rates of maternal death and teen pregnancy persist in West and Central Africa. Research and programming efforts are not sustainably reducing these rates. The challenge is how to link the evidence on useful health interventions with evidence on how to deliver the interventions effectively. This project aims to build the foundation for delivering better maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health care by addressing this gap and enhancing the capacity of researchers and leaders. Bridging gaps and barriers to better health outcomes A partnership of leading West and Central African health researchers and institutions has designed this project through a series of regional dialogues. The partners will build a bilingual knowledge base for use by research and training institutions to develop academic programs, short courses, and mentoring programs. They will support continuous capacity development through the following activities: -Develop and conduct summer schools for researchers, health officials, journalists, and civil society -Provide small research grants -Design and manage mentoring programs for emerging leaders -Develop a website and a vibrant community of practice Through this process, the partnership aims to bridge the geographic and linguistic divides that fragment efforts across the region. Project partners include: -Ghana Health Service -West African Health Organisation -L'Institut supe¿rieur des sciences de la population -African Media and Malaria Research Network -Universite¿ de Yaounde¿ I -Laboratoire d'e¿tudes et de recherche sur les dynamiques sociales et le de¿veloppement local -College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus Eleven other institutions are members of the partnership. It covers nine Francophone and Anglophone countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Co¿te d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal.

Project ID
108237
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
60 months
IDRC Officer
Marie-Gloriose Ingabire
Total Funding
CA$ 1,000,000.00
Location
Cameroon
South of Sahara
Programs
Global Health
Global Health
Maternal and Child Health
Institution Country
Ghana
Project Leader
Irene Agyepong
Institution
Ghana Health Service

Outputs

Report of the pre-doctoral training program : health policy and systems (hps) and MNCAH research coaching and mentoring program

Report of the pre-doctoral training program : health policy and systems (hps) and MNCAH research coaching and mentoring program

Training Materials

This document provides a summary report of the six-week health policy and systems research (HPSR) and maternal newborn child and adolescent health (MNCAH) capacity building program held in Accra, Ghana (2017). The aim was to provide coaching and mentoring to strengthen HPSR capacity and skills applied to problems of mothers, children and adolescents for emerging predoctoral researchers in the ECOWAS sub-region and Cameroon. One-on-one sessions with trainees by facilitators assigned as coaches and mentors were used to support the trainees in developing their protocols. A table summary of trainee draft proposals and recommendations is included.

Author(s): Agyepong, Irene A.

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Language: English

COMCAHPSS project summary : Apr 2016 to Jan 2018

COMCAHPSS project summary : Apr 2016 to Jan 2018

Brief

The Consortium for Mothers, Children, Adolescents and Health Policy and Systems Strengthening (COMCAHPSS) is a South-South partnership of research, policy, practice and advocacy individuals and institutions in the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region and Cameroon. The aim is to conduct multi-level capacity building and networking for leadership in Health Policy and Systems (HPS), and Maternal New-born Child and Adolescent health (MNCAH) research and practice. This program brief outlines objectives and accomplishments to date. Health systems are the common-pool resource from which all programs in the health sector draw.

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COMCAHPSS : report on consortium partner's meeting

COMCAHPSS : report on consortium partner's meeting

Report

This conference report reviews meetings of the Consortium for Mothers, Children, Adolescents, and Health Policy Systems Strengthening (COMCAHPSS) and their collaboration with the West African Network of Emerging Leaders (WANEL). Training for increased capacity in knowledge of health systems was discussed, along with building research capacity.

Author(s): COMCAHPSS

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Language: English