HPC conducts workshop in reproductive health evidence research priorities

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Higher Population Council conducted yesterday a training workshop evidence research priorities in the field of sexual and reproductive health in Jordan, in collaboration with the Knowledge Center for SRH Research funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Erasum Rotterdam University. The workshop was attended by national SRH stakeholders, researchers and academics.

The workshop, entitled “better translation of SRH research evidence: assessing, improving and institutionalizing research in Jordan, Cameroon, and Nigeria” aimed to identify the necessary research evidence in the field of sexual and reproductive health through a discussion of priority research within the framework of a project that aims to translate research evidence into practice.

HPC Secretary General, Engineer Maisoon Al Zoubi stressed in her opening remarks that the workshop helps participants identify priority research and studies in the field of sexual and reproductive health that will serve as scientific evidence for policymakers and planning experts in developing strategies and plans that help achieve the sustainable development goals.

The work team is led by Erasmus Rotterdam University and consists of representatives from Jordan and Nigeria, as well as the Knowledge Center for SRH Research. The team will conduct a study that aims to review related strategies, studies and scientific and qualitative research published in Jordan, Nigeria and Cameroon, conduct meetings with researchers, healthcare stakeholders, policymakers, civil society institutions and other development institutions to formulate a map of evidence research priorities in the field of SRH for the coming years.

The study will focus on a common SRH issue among the three countries, develop work plans that rely on monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, discussion and brainstorming meetings with policymakers and decisionmakers to identify challenges pertaining to the shared SRH issue, and identify solutions and translate them into practical strategies. The team will also look into ways to implement interventions, translate evidence into practice, share the outcomes through policy briefs and articles published in scientific journals, develop training manuals and build local capacities.