Essential gender issues in relation to health systems

In a group interview Sarah Ssali (Makerere University), Sally Theobald (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), Rosemary Morgan (John Hopkins University) and Asha George (John Hopkins University) talk about essential gender issues in relation to health systems. They also promote the RinGs Initiative (Research in Gender and Ethics) and talk about how people can get involved…. Read more

National pharmaceutical procurement and supply chain institutions

The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) was the main case study identified for this report. KEMSA reformed in 2008 to increase autonomy from the government. A task force identified interference with the management of KEMSA, lack of autonomy due to heavy representation by Ministry of Health staff, ineffective accountability and supervisory mechanisms, and parallel procurement… Read more

Maternal depression

The nature and scale of the problem Depression is a mental disorder characterised by low mood, loss of interest or enjoyment, and reduced energy, leading to increased fatigue, reduced activity, and marked functional impairment (WHO, 1990). Other common symptoms are reduced concentration, reduced self-esteem, ideas of guilt or unworthiness, pessimistic views of the future, ideas… Read more

The impact of assessment results on education policy and practice in East Africa

This paper reviews the evidence on the impact of learning assessments on education policy and teaching practice across East Africa. The study focuses principally on Uganda, and then considers the experience in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda to highlight common issues and suggest examples of best practice. It particularly examines national examinations at primary and secondary… Read more

Researchers from Jos University receive grant for research on long-term outcomes following treatment in a Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme

In March 2016, researchers from the University of Jos were awarded a grant for a new research project to study long-term outcomes following treatment in a Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme in Jigawa State. The grant was awarded by ORIE (Operations Research and Impact Evaluation). Every year about one million children under five years of age die in Nigeria. Malnutrition contributes to… Read more

Study of non-state provision of education in Maputo

This study presents results of a census of non-state schools in two low-income areas of Maputo, Mozambique. Non-state schools include purely private, community, and church mission-supported schools some of which receive government support in the form of deployment of civil service teachers. The study finds that the only notable growth of the private sector is… Read more

A team led by Dr Garba M Ashir of the University of Maiduguri receives grant for research to understand the low utilisation of nutrition services in Yobe state

In January 2016, a team led by Dr Garba M. Ashir of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital received a grant for new research to understand the demand-side barriers which prevent mothers with young children from accessing nutritional services. The grant was awarded by Operations Research and Impact Evaluation (ORIE), a DFID-funded consortium of UK and Nigerian organisations. The project will generate valuable research findings… Read more

Bridging the gap: integrating nutrition into gender programmes in Northern Nigeria

A recent workshop held in Abuja, Nigeria, brought together 34 gender activists, from Nigerian NGOs and CSOs working at the federal level and in Northern states. Participants came from a range of backgrounds including health, education, agriculture, and rural and community development, to learn more about how evidence, including findings from the Operational Research and… Read more

Report of the ORIE research dissemination and stakeholder engagement event, March 2016

On 1st and 2nd March 2016, over 150 stakeholders met in Abuja to discuss how to tackle undernutrition in Northern Nigeria, including staff from State and Federal Government, international development partners, civil society organisations and academic institutions. The meeting was convened in Abuja in partnership with the Federal Ministry for Budget and National Planning, the… Read more

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