Share-Net Jordan offers a list of national priority research area on Sexual and Reproductive Health, in order to:

  • Direct research efforts towards sexual and reproductive health priority issues in order to adopt proper policies, programs and services to address these issues.
  • Support the National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2020-2024 with development of the priorities for sexual and reproductive health issues with a focus on youth and adolescents.
  • Provide a national agenda of research priorities in the field of sexual and reproductive health to be distributed for funding bodies, researchers and university students based on results of Population and Family Health Survey 2017/2018 and results of previous scientific studies.

Share-Net Jordan relied on prioritizing studies in the field of sexual and reproductive health on the analytical research method based on secondary data. The qualitative method was used to obtain consensus from partners on the SRH research priorities utilizing the method of seminars in addition to the use of a quantitative approach to assess the priority ranks of the proposed research topics by partners by using the Likert Scale (1-5 degrees) based on specific criteria agreed with the participants.

The priority scores of the research topics assigned by the partners were compiled and entered into the computer using Excel program. The arithmetic mean of the participants' answers for each research topic was calculated and the research topics were ranked under the three main headings (policies, programs and activities) in descending order from the highest to the lowest. The research that obtained an arithmetic average of less than 3 scores was excluded from the list of research priorities.

A national agenda for SRH research priorities was reached, consisting of 36 titles divided into two parts.

The first part includes research priorities based on the results of the DHS 2017/2018 (25 titles) covering the three levels: Enabling environment (policies ((10 topics), Institutional (programs) (7 topics) and Individual and community (services) (8 topics).

The second part includes the research priorities according to the results of studies and reports from outside DHS 2017/2018 (11 titles) covering Enabling environment level (policies ( (5 topics), Institutional level (programs) (3 topics) and Individual and community level (services) (3 topics). A full chapter was devoted to the definition of the research, which received an average priority by the partners 3 or more scores (20 research topics); the definition shows the title of the study, objectives and importance. 

The Priorities of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Based on Population and Family Health Survey Data 2017/2018

Area: Policy Area: Programs Area: service delivery
What are the reasons for the low demand for early detection tests of breast and cervical cancer? The causes of high rates of anemia among mothers aged 15-49 years and their variation by governorates Unmet sexual and reproductive health needs: types, magnitude and causes with focus on adolescents, and Syrian women
Trends and reasons for low breastfeeding (absolute to two years of age) among women in Jordan. The causes of high rates of anemia among children aged 6-59 months and their variation by governorates Factors and reasons that contributed to the decrease in the use of family planning methods with emphasis on the decrease in the use of modern family planning methods
Domestic violence against women: factors, motives and causes. Causes of low proportion of children aged 6-23 months who receive the minimum acceptable food standards and how to maintain acceptable food standards for those children The high rate of cesarean deliveries in Jordan: causes and ways to reduce these deliveries
Trends, causes and health and social risks of teenage marriage and pregnancy Understand the causes of discrepancy between infant and under-five mortality rates among governorates, urban and rural areas, maternal education level, nationality and maternal age at birth The constant infant mortality rate and the high perinatal mortality rate: factors that have led to this and how to lower these rates
What factors affect unplanned or unwanted pregnancies? The impact of women's empowerment on reducing births exposed to high risks and propose policies, programs and services that help to reduce high risks births Causes and determinants of the gap between desired and actual fertility by nationality, governorates, levels of well-being and levels of education
Analysis of inequity in providing of family planning services in Jordan What are the factors affecting the duration between marriage and first birth and the differences in this duration between the governorates, nationality, educational level, welfare level, urban and rural? What are the causes of obesity among women aged 15-49 years and the impact on women's sexual and reproductive health?
The consanguineous (relatives) marriage in Jordan: causes, future trends and impact on sexual, reproductive and children's Health What is the mutual impact of Jordanian and Syrian cultures on sexual and reproductive health? The effectiveness and appropriateness of current family planning methods among married women in the 15-49 age group
Prevalence of violent discipline of children under the age of fourteen: causes and the reasons for the differences between governorates, nationality and the level of mother's education and welfare   Understand the motives and reasons behind the steadily increase in the use of traditional methods of family planning by women with high level of education
The impact of employment of married women on the sexual and reproductive health of women    

Polygamy in Jordan: causes and impact on sexual and reproductive health


Research Agenda for Sexual and Reproductive Health based on   Studies outside Jordan Population and Family Health Survey 2017/2018
Area: service delivery Area: Programs Area: Policy
Mapping and review courses and specialized educational topics in the field of adolescent health and sexual and reproductive health in educational curricula and propose appropriate amendments Assess the role and impact of current promotion and education programs on positive attitudes and practices of sexual and reproductive health Examine possible public-private partnerships models in the area of sexual and reproductive health services and how to benefit from global experiences in this area
Maternal mortality in Jordan: What are the preventable deaths and how can to avoid them? Assess the level and extent of integration between sexual and reproductive health services and primary health care programs Study and assess the unmet needs of the most vulnerable groups such as people with intellectual disabilities / autism, victims of rape and sexual violence, AIDS patients and their contacts
Mapping human resources that provide sexual and reproductive health services in the public and private sectors to identify gaps in numbers, distribution and training Assess the extent to which the results and outputs of the 2012 Population and Family Health Survey were used in sexual and reproductive health policies and programs Assess the appropriateness of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services currently provided in the public and private sectors and the extent to which service providers are committed to the SRH protocols
Enumerate and review legislation related to sexual and reproductive health and propose amendments or legislation necessary to promote sexual and reproductive health    
Enumerate and review legislation related to women's empowerment, indicate strengths and weaknesses and propose amendments or legislation necessary to empower women economically, socially, politically and healthily