Ministry of Health launches research program on reproductive health as part of ongoing reforms

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The Department of Health has launched a five-year program of priority reproductive health research and learning as it works to fill evidence gaps in health policy-making.

The program, developed by the Division of Reproductive and Maternal Health, aims to guide the conduct of reproductive health research and improve the coordination of reproductive health research and programmatic activities.

Speaking at the launch of the document, the head of the department of family health at the ministry, Dr Isaack Bashir, said the research program will reduce duplication and enable careful use of available resources in addition to guiding actors. of the health sector to address existing gaps in reproductive health care. delivery.

“What are we not getting right in reproductive health, are existing interventions the best to deal with current challenges? asked Dr. Bashir.

He said the prioritization of research has proven particularly useful in helping to address strategic and programmatic issues in health care, including sexual and reproductive health.

According to the head of the Division of Reproductive and Maternal Health, Dr. Stephen Kaliti, research continues to drive a nation’s curiosity to seek answers to important questions. He said in-country reproductive health research capacity is critical to creating improvements in the local implementation of reproductive health programs and can help prioritize reproductive health issues in a limited funding landscape.

The National Research and Learning Agenda on Reproductive Health Priorities, 2022-2027 aims to propose reproductive health research priorities from an exercise conducted in 2022 that brought together researchers, program managers , research oversight and accountability institutions, counties, partners and service implementing agencies from around the world. the country.

The papers aim to define priority reproductive health research and learning needs for Kenya by isolating evidence gaps and guiding the generation of quality contextualized reproductive health information by all stakeholders. actors, to improve the effective conduct of reproductive health research in Kenya through deliberate coordination and accountability that stimulate originality, eliminate duplicity and improve the prudent use of reproductive health resources in the country. It also aims to stimulate interest in local research on reproductive health with a view to generating a readily available and accessible body of local evidence to inform policy and program activities in the country.

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