Workshop Overview

Analytical workshops held between 2016-2020, over 50 countries participating, over 150 participants: 3 in Latin America & Caribbean and 12 in sub-Saharan Africa, led by APHRC (in collaboration with WAHO in West Africa); topics included: female-headed households, nutrition, health facility data for coverage statistics, adolescent and sexual reproductive health, RMNCAH.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) network

The LAC regional initiative, led by the team at the Federal University of Pelotas (Pelotas), has been actively working with public health and research institutions and individuals from 16 countries on multi-country analyses resulting in high-impact publications and innovations. In total, three workshops were conducted, including a regional study on ethnicity, focusing on ethnic group related inequalities in health intervention coverage and advanced work on women’s empowerment and RMNCAH+N. In addition, Pelotas is collaborating with countries on in-depth studies related to the impact of humanitarian emergencies on RMNCAH+N and stunting (majority funded by PAHO). The most extensive study was conducted in Haiti. Intensive interaction and collaboration from regional players such as PAHO and WHO Latin American Center of Perinatology (WHO CLAP) has been critical to these efforts.

East and Southern Africa (ESA) Network

The ESA Countdown network is coordinated by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and brings together research and public health institutions with ministries of health from ESA countries to strengthen the evidence in support of RMNCAH+N programs. Multi-country workshops enhance the capacity of country and regional institutions to conduct RMNCAH+N related analyses and effectively communicate the findings to policy makers a total of 7 workshops were carried out. All workshops included significant interaction with the country team before and after the workshops on data and analyses.

West and Central Africa (WCA) Network:

Coordinated by the West African Health Organization (WAHO) and following a similar approach as the ESA initiative, 5 total analytical workshops were conducted. The WCA network brings together research and public health institutions with ministries of health from countries to strengthen the evidence in support of RMNCAH+N programs. Multi-country workshops enhance the capacity of country and regional institutions to conduct RMNCAH+N related analyses and effectively communicate the findings to policy makers.