CRPH organizes a course on "Strengthening National Capacity in Reproductive Health Operations Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region"
June 22 to July 10, 2009
In collaboration with the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva and the Women’s and Reproductive Health Unit at the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Cairo, the CRPH, organized a three-week course from June 22 to July 10, 2009 on “Strengthening National Capacity in Reproductive Health Operations Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.” This capacity-building course, attended by 12 participants from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria, aimed to enhance the expertise of reproductive health consumers (program managers in NGOs, ministries, universities and other community-based organizations) and researchers in the field of operations research in reproductive health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Three main thematic areas were covered: • Formative, qualitative and quantitative research and intervention evaluation of operations research in reproductive health • Cost evaluation • Communication Dr. James Foreit, senior program associate for the Frontiers in Reproductive Health program of the Population Council, steered the first week of the course and the second week was devoted to the development of country proposals related to different areas of operations research in reproductive health, making sure to give ample time for group work and group discussions under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Federico Leon, a consultant from the Frontiers in Reproductive Health program of the Population Council in Peru, who worked hand in hand with the participants to ensure the successful development of their first draft proposals. The end product was the development of two main country proposals from: Palestine, on “Increasing women’s awareness about the usefulness of early detection”; and Lebanon, on “The acceptability of pregnant women to AIDS screening in Lebanon”. These two proposals will be submitted to either the Small Grant Proposals of WHO-EMRO or WHO-Geneva in order to be considered for funding. FHS course coordinators Drs. Kassem Kassak and Loulou Kobeissi worked thoroughly with the workshop participants to ensure the sound development of their project proposals and to facilitate proposal submission for funding.
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