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The qualitative analysis of the implementation of the WHO EURO Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health, into national policies.
Belgium (BeMSA) - Ghent University, Ghent
WHO collaborating International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
In 2016, the World Health Organization EURO drafted an Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health for Europe. The Action Plan contains a set of objectives, goals and actions member states are urged to implement in order to improve the sexual and reproductive health of their populations. Three years later, member states are expected to conduct interim assessments of how the action plan has been translated into national policies and to what degree these have been implemented. Our center collaborates closely with the WHO and UNFPA to support member states in these assessments.
What is the aim of the project?
To analyze the implementation of the WHO EURO Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health in an Eastern European or Central Asian country still to be determined.This analyses will feed into UNFPA and WHO’s work in the region to strengthening this implementation process and support countries better in enhancing sexual and reproductive health and rights for their citizens.
What techniques and methods are used?
Stakeholder analyses based on a power/interest matrix, Semi-structured interviews with stakeholders within the government, civil society organizations, related academic institutions and UN representatives in the country, Desk review of relevant policy documents
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
1. Develop a stakeholder mapping of relevant actors in the country around sexual and reproductive health based on snowball sampling 2. Conduct semi-structured interviews with around 10-20 key stakeholders to measure how knowledgeable they are about the plan, the relevance of the plan, the implementation and impact of the plan and suggestions to complement the plan 3. Analyse the interview transcripts
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
There will be a possibility to attend a 10-day summer school on Sexual and Reproductive Health at the university with lectures done by an international faculty (only in July).
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report - The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Good understanding of global health and health care systems
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months) - Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
- Ogbe E; Van Braeckel D; Temmerman M; Larsson EC; Keygnaert I; De los Reyes Aragón W; et al. Opportunities for linking research to policy : lessons learned from implementation research in sexual and reproductive health within the ANSER network. HEALTH RESEARCH POLICY AND SYSTEMS. 2018;16.
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