The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) has won the 2015 United Nations Population Award. APHRC is a leading pan-African research institution based in Nairobi, Kenya, that conducts high quality policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization, and other related development issues across Africa.
Established in 1981, the United Nations Population Award is given annually to individuals and institutions for exceptional work and achievement in the fields of population and health.
Training a new generation of African health researchers
In partnership with IDRC, APHRC manages the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships, which train and retain highly skilled, local scholars in research and academic positions across the region. Now in its fourth phase, the fellowship funds 60 awards supporting students' doctoral dissertation research. The goal is to train a new generation of African researchers who can lead vibrant health and health systems research programs, and are committed to rebuilding the African higher education system.
Improving the health of women and children in Africa
APHRC is also part of a consortium focused on pressing health issues to improve the lives of mothers, newborns, and children. The consortium is funded by the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program, a joint initiative of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and IDRC. The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program invests in scientific breakthroughs in primary health care to improve maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa.
Learn more on the IDRC news article (below):
Read the press release: APHRC wins prestigious UNFPA Award
African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships
Boosting capacity for health research in Africa
Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program
Caroline Sarmiento is an Ottawa-based writer.