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Maternal and Child Health
Health Information Systems / Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
Canada’s International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) is pleased to announce two calls for proposals on Health Information Systems (HIS) and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) in the Middle East and North Africa and West Africa. The calls for implementation research will contribute to the objectives of IDRC’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program, which supports innovative and solution-oriented research to improve the quality, accessibility and accountability of health services to women, children, and adolescents, especially the most vulnerable. 
The objectives of the calls for implementation research proposals are to:

  • Generate and promote application of an evidence base through support to a cohort of implementation research projects focusing on either HIS or ASRH in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and West Africa regions.
  • Ensure adoption of a gender and rights approach, and clear consideration of equity dimensions and economic value propositions for each implementation research project.
  • Strengthen the research and leadership capacities of research project team members, particularly of youth and women, to conduct research and use effective Knowledge Translation (KT) strategies to influence policies and practices.
  • Support ongoing exchange and engagement with pertinent stakeholders in country and regional contexts to strengthen an enabling environment for policy discourse, development and implementation. 
There are two separate calls for proposals – one for MENA, and another for West Africa. Each of these regional calls includes two thematic areas. Applicants are expected to choose one of the following thematic areas:
(1) HIS: Strengthening the culture of collecting, analysing and using reliable health information to improve the equitable coverage and responsiveness of health systems.
(2) ASRH: Improving the state of knowledge about the barriers and drivers for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), with clear pathways to address their SRHR needs for a long lasting impact.
* The call for proposals is open from 10 April 2017 to 23 May 2017, 23:59 (UTC).

Questions? Please refer to the call document for MENA or the call document for West Africa and FAQ section available on our website.

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