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  • on 02.05.2014
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Fund to improve African maternal, child health launched 0

Nairobi – The Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) plans to fund leading African and Canadian researchers to find solutions aimed at improving health systems for mothers and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Canada-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC), which is running GHRI’s new programme — Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa — launched two calls last month (17 March).

According to the calls for proposals, the new programme is targeting nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that have high maternal and child deaths: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan and Tanzania.

Gloria Lihemo, IDRC communication officer based in Nairobi, Kenya, says GHRI has a total funding of 36 million Canadian dollars (almost US$32.3 million) for 2014-2020 but the two calls will fund projects worth US$22.8 million.

The programme willl give two grants each totaling just under US$2.3 million for health policy and research organisations, one in West Africa and the other in East Africa, and 20 implementation research grants each worth a maximum of US$911,000. Each research team will include African and Canadian researchers and African decision-makers, the calls for proposals add.

Renée Larocque, a senior programme officer of GHRI, explains that the primary goal of the funding for health policy and research organisations is to act as catalysts for moving evidence generated by the implementation research team to policy and practice within the Sub-Saharan Africa region, thereby enabling affective connections between research and decision-making.

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