Amref Health Africa and APHRC Partner to Improve Health Research in Africa

Amref Health Africa on Friday, 7 February 2014 entered into an agreement with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) to undertake joint research and capacity strengthening ventures for a period of three years.

Amref Health Africa's partnership with APHRC will cover a broad range of issues especially with regards to health development.  Both parties bring on board complementary competencies.  Whereas APHRC is strong in undertaking research in diverse fields as well as capacity building in research, Amref Health Africa is strong in implementation of health programmes, including generation of evidence from the field and capacity building for health systems strengthening.

“Our vision is for lasting health change in Africa and research in Amref Health Africa has been a prominent component of our work." - Dr Teguest Guerma, Amref Health Africa Director General

Speaking during the signing, Amref Health Africa Director General Dr Teguest Guerma noted that this partnership was overdue and expressed her delight at the organisations’ decision to partner in this important area of research.  “Our vision is for lasting health change in Africa and research in Amref Health Africa has been a prominent component of our work.  Given that both parties (Amref Health Africa and APHRC) have the same interest, I am delighted that today we have gathered here to sign an agreement that will ensure that we make informed decisions guided by proper research.  Our work is to influence evidence-based policy and through effective research, we should be able to advocate for interventions that work,” said Dr Teguest.

Dr Alex Ezeh, APHRC Executive Director on his part commended the initiative of both parties. He said:

“We at APHRC are keen on making a change in Africa, no matter what it takes.  This partnership is driven by mutual understanding and commitment and we both want the best for Africa.  Amref Health Africa has a strong legacy that we can learn from and we have the expertise in form of a wide range of researchers from 13 African countries.  We are moving from observational research to implementation research and this is a great step forward in bringing together organisations that will really drive change.”

The two parties will develop joint capacity building programmes through leadership development and research skills training within the continent; undertake joint research projects, from proposal development to implementation of research projects; resource mobilisation to support leadership development and research training and; a forum to share best practices in training and research project management.  Both organisations are keen on carrying out research that will inform development of strategies that will address improvement of health in African communities.

Amref Health Africa and APHRC are not-for-profit, non-governmental international organisations whose vision is to influence policy change in Africa using research particularly in health development.  In all its programmes, Amref Health Africa partners with governments, communities, civil society organisations, health practitioners and the private sector to establish a participatory health care system.  APHRC conducts policy-relevant research on education, population and health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa.