African Population and Health Research Center

For Support Of APHRC's Education Program

Past Hewlett Foundation support has allowed the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) to expand beyond its population and health focus by developing a program on education. In just three years, the Centre's education program has established itself as a leading voice in the sector by conducting quality research and taking advantage of the institution's strong reputation in the population and health fields to influence education policy. For example, their research on the provision of free primary education for children in urban slums in Kenya led the Ministry of Education to change its policy about which schools qualify for government funding. This grant would support the use of new and existing research on learning outcome indicators and the factors that influence them to promote policy dialogue with the Kenyan government that shifts policy priorities in the direction of improving learning outcomes.
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for support of an abortion incidence study in Kenya  
This grant to the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) will support a national abortion incidence study in Kenya. In partnership with the Guttmacher Institute, APHRC will use mixed research methods to produce an updated estimate of the number of induced abortions in Kenya and the magnitude and severity of unsafe abortion-related complications. The previous estimates were done in 2012 and since then the abortion landscape in Kenya has shifted dramatically with the availability of self-managed medication abortion as well as increasing criminalization efforts from anti-abortion actors. This project will have a focus on evidence dissemination with policy advocates and government partners as well as research capacity-building efforts between the two research institutions involved. This grant is aligned with the Global Reproductive Equity strategy outcome that safe abortion is legal and/or decriminalized in a greater number of East and Francophone West African countries and is accessible to more women and girls in these countries.
for an unsafe abortion costing study in Kenya  
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya, conducts policy-relevant research on population and health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier this year, in collaboration with two other Foundation grantees, APHRC released results from a nationwide study on the extent of unsafe abortion in Kenya. Based on findings of a relatively high prevalence of unsafe abortion, the study showed the urgent need for concerted efforts in Kenya to promote women’s access to quality reproductive health services—thereby decreasing abortion-related morbidity and mortality. This grant would support a study that will assess the financial costs of the incidence of unsafe abortion to Kenya’s health system, providing additional evidence needed to support policy advocacy and political engagement, as well as grounds for legal and policy reform in Kenya.
for Boardroom furniture and audio-visual and communication equipment  
In May 2011, the African Population and Health Research Center completed Phase 1 development of its headquarters facility at Kitsuru, which includes an office complex and conference facilities. Phase 2 is the development of a residential facility and completion of the offices, meeting rooms, and boardroom with furniture and other equipment. This grant would support the procurement of furniture and audio-visual and communication equipment specifically for the facility's boardroom, which has been named after Dr. Sara Seims, the first chair of the Center's Board of Directors and former Director of the Hewlett Foundation's Population Program.

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